‘No comment’ on blood test
At a news conference Wednesday outside Whittington’s hospital in Corpus Christi, reporters asked hospital officials whether Whittington’s blood-alcohol level had been tested. The officials responded with a "no comment."
Um, er, uh. Well of course they tested his blood-alcohol level. He's a 78-year-old man with birdshot in 'im, and that means he very well could have been facing emergency surgery even if he wasn't in any particular danger right then. That's assuming it wouldn't be done routinely on a gunshot victim.
And I'm assuming the reporter knew that. The purpose of the question was to elicit the response; a "no comment" is as telling as taking the Fifth when all the evidence is against you. The only thing it accomplishes is you've avoided an actual confession.
But then, why doesn't the story say that? Easy enough to get a medical expert to admit to it. But the real tell, I think, is that Cheney copped to beer at lunch. Anything else is deniable, but if/when it comes out that Whittington was half popped before he was really popped a denial would be worth less than Cheney's word usually is. If that's even imaginable.