<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Are the Cheneys ashamed of their daughter?

Friday, October 15, 2004

Are the Cheneys ashamed of their daughter?

Here's the comment John Kerry made about Mary Cheney during the final debate Wednesday night:

"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."

Lynne Cheney's reaction: "[Kerry's comment was] a cheap and tawdry political trick" that makes him "not a good man."

Dick Cheney's reaction: "You saw a man who will say and do anything in order to get elected."

Elizabeth Edwards' response to Lynne Cheney's reaction: "I think that it indicates a certain degree of shame with respect to her daughter's sexual preferences."

John Edwards' response: "Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, had themselves brought it up" in the campaign four years ago.

John Kerry's explanation of his comment: "I love my daughters. They love their daughter. I was trying to say something positive about the way strong families deal with this issue."

Whether or not "saying something positive" was Kerry's real intent, it is the Cheneys who have turned it into something negative. As Cheryl Jacques, president of the Human Rights Campaign, pointed out, "Bush missed one more chance to denounce discrimination last night, so it is bewildering that Lynne Cheney instead attacked Senator Kerry."



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