Thursday, October 14, 2004
Kerry and Mary Cheney
I disagree with Rachit. I mentioned this in my review of the debate yesterday.
In there, I mentioned that it could be seen as a low blow from Kerry. The implied meaning being that it was not. In fact, I think Kerry really bit a bullet there, saying, in effect, that homosexuality is about who you are, and not how you behave. It's a shame that the President tried straddling on this question.
First, let's parse what Kerry said:
We're all God's children, Bob, and I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney's daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she's being who she was, she's being who she was born as. I think if you talk to anybody, it's not choice.
First of all, I do not see anything but respect in his reference to Mary Cheney. In fact, he continued from there to talk about the struggles of people who try not to be what they are. In effect, congratulating Mary for her courage.
Second, Rachit never took offense at Edwards mentioning the same thing in the Veep debate - or even Cheney himself mentioning it in a public speech. Apparently (this is from my conversation with him), he believes what sets Kerry apart is that "Cheney was not even there to defend her." Wait a minute - did Kerry call her something bad? Why should she be defended? I guess it says more about what we think about homosexuality than it says about her, when we subconsciously infer that being called a lesbian is an insult - even to a person who is openly gay!
Third (this was another contention of Rachit): This was no violation of her privacy. He invaded Mary's privacy only as much as the President did of Mrs. Missy Johnson, when, in teh first debate, he reminisced about his prayers with her for her late husband PJ Johnson.
Fourth, it was not as if Mary wanted to keep her homosexuality a private matter. For those who do not know, she was the head of gay outreach program at Coors.
Strangely, it was Lynne Cheney who objected to what Kerry did - not Mary. I wonder what Mary thinks of her mom using her as a tool in trying to pull a fast one on a political opponent who only expressed his empathy, and admiration, for her.
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