The right wing spinners are working overtime to make excuses for Cheney's remark.
First they want to change the punctuation of the sentence, but lets even say that the period after the "we'll get hit again" could be a comma. Then it would read:
"Because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again, that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States"
They then want to act like what Cheney said about the REACTION to the next attack is somehow just what Cheney wanted to say: "and that we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mindset, if you will, that, in fact, these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts and that we're not really at war."
Spin, spin, spin. it really is ridiculous how har the guys at the "Oh that Liberal media" blog try.
This is what I posted over there:
If we make the wrong choice the danger is we will be hit again and in a devastating way.
The context is that if we make the "right choice", we won't have a danger of getting hit again with a devastating attack.
Regardless of how you want to focus on how Kerry would respond to the next attack, Cheney is clearly saying that a vote for Kerry puts us in danger of another attack and one that will be devastating.
Guys if you can't understand that, no wonder you think mainstream media is "liberal"!
"and that we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mind set"
Meaning AFTER the attack we suffer because we made the "wrong choice". that is what "and that" refers to.
IF the Cheney quote was close to what you argue then the sentence would have read: "If we make the wrong choice we could fall back into pre-9/11 mind set and risk getting hit again"
Or it would read "if we make the wrong choice ...then the danger is ... we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mind set which could lead to another attack."
But the "and that" clearly means that another attack happens because of our "wrong choice" and the mind set comes AFTER the attack.
THAT is the context, the AP did not distort a single thing. You guys are working way to hard to spin Cheney's ugly comments. The "and that" part of Cheney's quote clearly shows that the first part is taken in context by the AP, Cheney continued to say what would happen AFTER the attack. (an attack we risked by our "wrong choice".)
I am wondering if you guys ever admit the simple truth in front of you or is this "liberal media" claim a trash talk thing where you never concede the facts.
UPDATE: THE WHite House alterned the Cheney quote in order to trick the public
"Yesterday, the transcript on the White House Web site was altered to make Cheney's remarks one sentence. " Washington Post
This is what I suspected by the way. The interpretation the AP reported was in fact the way it was on the White House web site at first. The White House then ALTERED IT. So the way it was heard by reasonable people AND the way it was put on the White House web site was with the period.
Is the media going to make sure the average American knows about the alteration dirty trick? No. You guys really don't understand the nature of the media. It is not the "liberal media" you assume.
The media has often suppressed outragous stuff. Look at this about Bush! Bush clueless blunder also see:
he said it two times!