A rumor has come my way that seems too delicious not to report. Since the source of the rumor is acquainted with Vice President Cheney’s neighbor, I believe it has veracity.
Both Cheney and Don Rumsfeld have get-away homes in St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. They live near each other — but in between them is a Democrat.
Party identification not withstanding, Dick Cheney invited his neighbor and spouse out to dinner with the Donald and Joyce Rumsfeld and some other friends — just a sort of get to know the neighborhood kind of gathering.
The neighbor and his wife obliged and showed up at a local high-end restaurant and were greeted by the Defense Secretary who told him that Cheney had been kept back at work — you know, being Vice President and all and having the affairs of the nation to tend to. But Rumsfeld said that they all ought to proceed with dinner.
Then the check arrived.
And the check languished on the table. . .and it just sat there. . .for a painfully long time.
No one reached to pay the bill. Rumsfeld just ignored it.
Finally, the Dem who lives sandwiched between the Vice President and Defense Secretary paid the dinner bill. I was told that there were seven people there.
And to this day, Cheney never called to apologize for missing the dinner — or to express thanks that the Dem picked up the tab.
Pretty cheesy (and cheap) behavior by the cabal.
— Steve Clemons