Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"I think you're out of line"

... so sayeth Dick Cheney to Wolf Blitzer's question about his lesbian daughter's pregnancy:

BLITZER: []your daughter, Mary. She's pregnant. All of us are happy she's going to have a baby. You're going to have another grandchild. Some of the — some critics are suggesting — for example, a statement from someone representing Focus on the Family, "Mary Cheney's pregnancy raises the question of what's best for children. Just because it's possible to conceive a child outside of the relationship of a married mother and father doesn't mean that it's best for the child." Do you want to respond to that?

Well, Dick, and I use that word with all possible connotations intended, you are head of a party that in no way considers itself out of line to make decisions about the family make-up and sex lives of the rest of America. In fact, your party specifically targeted those who consider themselves the moral authorities on such subjects, and consider it a priority to reshape America into their vision, a vision which does not include your daughter's lesbian lifestyle, much less her venture into lesbian parenthood. Oddly, traits which are demonized in liberals and democrats are rarely commented on negatively when found in conservatives and republicans (aka - The Base).

Let us also not forget that Mary Cheney is in no way a private citizen. She has been active in GOP politics for quite a while. She made the choice to be a public figure. One might think the GOP heavyweights would have much preferred she keep her lifestyle quiet, but such thoughts imply a notion that republicans consider hypocrisy to be a bad thing. Instead they wear it like a badge of honor; thus we have people like Ted Haggard and Mark Foley, living double lives in order to please their base and hold on to power.

Sorry, Dick. You wanted the fundie vote. You got it, and all that comes with it.


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