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Monday, January 10, 2005

Lesbians and Dick

If it wasn't before, Russell Brown's partisanship is now as obvious as three horses in a Morris Minor. To quote from Russell himself, here's what John Kerry said in the late stages of the 3rd presidential debate.
In answering a question about whether homosexuality was a choice or not, after Bush had claimed that he didn't know, Kerry said "We're all God's children. 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 a choice."
Cheney later said he wasn't amused, so in his latest dispatch, Russell spends the best part of his word count in a futile attempt to paint Dick Cheney as a homophobic hypocrite. Let us fisk:
Yet it was only about three weeks ago that the Cheneys happily told the national media "we have a gay daughter". In the VPs' debate, John Edwards expressed his admiration for the Cheneys' love and support for their "gay daughter" - and was thanked by Cheney for his kind words.
To say that Edwards was genuinely thanked by Cheney for his kind words is a deliberate or ignorant misrepresentation of what actually happened. Read the transcript and you'll see that Cheney is clearly trying move to a new topic to avoid having his daughter dragged into the debate:
IFILL: Mr. Vice President, you have 90 seconds.

CHENEY: Well, Gwen, let me simply thank the senator for the kind words he said about my family and our daughter. I appreciate that very much.

IFILL: That's it?

CHENEY: That's it.

IFILL: OK, then we'll move on to the next question.
It's hard to imagine why Cheney would give up 90 seconds of prime TV time if he was totally comfortable with Edwards bringing up his daughter. Back to Russell:
Then Kerry does the same thing and it as is, as one commentator put it, "like he exposed a breast" on national television.

So what is this actually about? Not just Mary Cheney, for sure. The fact that both Edwards and Kerry mentioned her in debates - in the context of gay-rights questions - is presumably no accident: they were looking to play up the gulf between the VP's personal attitude towards a family member and the broader Republican Party's unpleasant attitude toward homosexuality - and perhaps looking to chip off a little of the bigot vote that would otherwise go to Bush.
Pause a moment as we witness an astounding double standard.

The Democrats can cater their debate strategy to homophobic bigots, and they'll get not a word of condemnation from Browny. But if a Republican takes offence at the use of somebody's family in a cheap debate tactic to pull the bigot vote, they're bigots themselves!

It is worth noting that Mary Cheney is managing Daddy's re-election campaign. If "homophobic Dick" really had an issue with her lesbian status, would he have appointed her to such a high profile, close-knit position? Sort of blows a hole in Russell's whole pet theory, doesn't it.

One more of Brown's "facts" that needed checking:
But wait, there's more: while the Cheneys vilified Kerry, they didn't say a word when extreme-right republican Senate candidate Alan Keyes told reporters recently that, as a lesbian, Mary Cheney was a "selfish hedonist," living in sin.

A columnist on WorldNetDaily reveals that this is a quite serious misquoting of Keyes' actual words:
Alan Keyes didn't say all homosexuals were selfish hedonists. Read the quote again: "The essence of ... family life remains procreation. If we embrace homosexuality as a proper basis for marriage, we are saying that it's possible to have a marriage state that in principle excludes procreation and is based simply on the premise of selfish hedonism."


Further, it wasn't Alan Keyes who uttered the name of Mary Cheney. It was the interviewer. He asked whether or not the universal rule Keyes laid out applied to Mary Cheney. He said yes, because it applies to anyone and everyone who takes the position that same-sex marriage is OK. He didn't condemn her as a sinner.
Misquotes, double standards, reflexively labelling your opponents bigots. Just a typical day in the life of the modern leftist media commentator.

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Posted by RightWingDeathBeast | 1/10/2005 07:00:00 PM