I see what you mean about not holding Cheney in a higher regard than a normal citizen, but he is a public figure and one of America's most powerful people. It was not a good joke for the Vice President to tell.
That said, one of the men that blasted Cheney was West Virginia senator Robert Byrd, talking about how intolerance has no place in America, etc. This is the same man that was in the KKK in his 20s, voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and made a reference once to "white ni@%@@." Now, in his defense, he has endorsed Obama for the Presidency and may be past his racial issues, but his man has no room to denounce Cheney for "intolerance."
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