"I believed I had credible intelligence that al-Zawahiri had infiltrated my hunting party in disguise with the intent of spraying me with pellets," Mr. Cheney told reporters. "Only after I shot Harry in the face and he shouted 'Cheney, you bastard' did I realize that this intelligence was faulty."
Even before the late-night comedians had a chance to debut their jokes, you could buy a Dick Cheney commemorative T-shirt online, splattered with fake blood and bullet holes, that read: "I went quail hunting with Dick Cheney and all I got was this T-shirt."
And for those networking-minded comedians, there was this ad on Craigslist.com: "Prominent Civil Servant seeks new hunting buddies
Due to recent events I find myself short a hunting partner. My favorite types of game are duck, quail, or elderly lawyer. I am 65 wm, avg build, salt and pepper hair, and average build. I prefer wm 30-50yrs old with personality characteristics that are similar to sheep."
Huffingtonpost.com even let you play an interactive Cheney Quail Hunting game.
But what does it all mean for the vice president's reputation? Cheney always had the air of the renegade about him -- frequently scowling, often disappearing to "undisclosed locations," and not afraid to drop the F-bomb right on the Senate floor.
Does this shooting make Cheney even cooler?
The Wonkette bloggers think so. Yesterday, they said on the Web site: "Dick Cheney is a badass, and we love him. He's like America's abusive father -- we're terrified of him, we hide under our beds when we smell whiskey on his breath, but we crave his attention."
For the record, on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," the Aerosmith song "Janie's Got a Gun" was repurposed as "Cheney's Got a Gun," and the accident was re-enacted as the Nintendo game, Duck Hunter. Click Here for the Late-Night Show Jokes.