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Friday, October 15, 2004

The Tempest

Let me get this straight...

Talk radio and cable television blowhard and Illinois GOP Senate hopeful (perhaps hopeless is more appropriate) Alan Keyes calls out the Vice President's daughter, Mary Cheney, as "hedonistic" and "selfish" for her "lifestyle" of "sin." Keyes then suggested that the Cheneys should talk to their daughter about her sins. These coarse insults, as far as the general public knows, go unanswered by Dick and Lynne Cheney.

Meanwhile, it appears that Keyes' dauhghter Maya is a lesbian. What is with all the gay and lesbian children of prominent conservatives? Mary Cheney, Maya Keyes, Phyllis Schlafley's son, Randall Terry's son..the list goes on and on.

Fast forward a week and change...

John Kerry refers to Mary Cheney in his debate with George Bush: "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 she's being who she was...I think if you talk to anybody, it's not a choice."

There are certainly no insults there - unless you're the sort to consider the word "lesbian" itself an insult, which Mary Cheney presumably isn't. There is no criticism of Mary Cheney as a human being, and no condemnation of Dick and Lynne Cheney as parents. If anything, Kerry is praising the Cheney family, as John Edwards did earlier, for sticking by their daughter. In other words, there's nothing objectionable in there, especially when compared to Alan Keyes' remarks.

Naturally, the Cheneys are loudly upset with...John Kerry.


And this phony dustup is what the press is talking about? If the press is going to play dumb "Gotcha!" games with Presidential candidates, they would be smarter to note that Bush flatly denied that he never said he didn't know and didn't care where Osama bin Laden is, an easily refuted denial. Hello!


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