Jackson, WYOMING (November 8)-- Vice President Dick Cheney spent election day hunting with his daughter Mary. After the hunt (during which the Vice President bagged two pheasants, a lobbyist and a Dixie Chick), the Vice President watched election returns at home with wife, porn-novelist Lynne Cheney.
Reached by phone on "Larry King Live," Cheney said that he thought that yes, voters were sending the Administration a message.
"And the message they're sending, if you will, Larry, is this: you guys are doing a terrific job. We wouldn't change a thing. Steady as she goes. So to speak."
King commented that he thought perhaps the coast to coast Republican losses might be seen as a referendum on the Administration's performance, particularly in Iraq.
"I don't think so, Larry, and I'll tell you why. First of all, you and I know, and the American people are smart enough to know, that the President and I were not on the ballot. Second, I think that those incumbents who lost probably did so because they didn't support us enough, if you will."
After King made a completely off-topic remark about how he didn't understand why people thought "Borat" was funny, Cheney continued.
"We've looked at our internal numbers," said Cheney, "and the fact of the matter is that they show that a clear majority of Americans favor us doing exactly what it is that we want to do. And furthermore, a strong majority of surviving Iraqis still supports our efforts to bring democracy to that country. So to speak."
"Those numbers sound quite different than any polls we've been seeing, Mr. Vice President," said a momentarily lucid King.
"Look, Larry, I'm not going to talk about hypotheticals with you."
"That's not hypothetical, Mr. Vice President," said King.
"Nevertheless," Cheney continued, "we look forward to working with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do whatever the hell we feel like doing. And we hope they share that objective."
Meanwhile, President Bush announced that he called to congratulate putative Speaker-Elect Nancy Pelosi, and had invited her for lunch at the White House today. On the menu: seared Republican incumbent, accompanied by poached head of Karl Rove, marinated in desperation and failure.