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Sully is on a roll on the Mary Cheney brouhaha

The Mary Cheney thing really is a fascinating Rorschach test. Many conservatives are appalled and cast their anti-Kerry opinion as a defense of Mary. Here’s one: Last night he allowed his obsession with his own selfish desire to win a point overshadow the appropriate boundaries of taste, compassion, and kindess. Lynne Cheney has the right to call him a bad man. And woman across the nation have the right to see for themselves that he is willing to victimize THEM if it comes to padding his advantage, reputation, position, or standing. Victimize? All Kerry did was invoke the veep’s daughter to point out that obviously homosexuality isn’t a choice, in any meaningful sense. The only way you can believe that citing Mary Cheney amounts to “victimization” is if you believe someone’s sexual orientation is something shameful. Well, it isn’t. What’s revealing is that this truly does expose the homophobia of so many – even in the mildest “we’ll-tolerate-you-but-shut-up-and-don’t-complain” form….

…Candidates mention their families all the time. An entire question last night was devoted to the relationship between men and their wives and daughters. Mentioning Mary Cheney is no more and no less offensive than that. What is offensive is denying gay couples equal rights in the constitution itself. Why don’t conservatives get exercized about that?

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Sully hit the nail on the head. If any of these people examined why they feel outraged, they would see the hypocrisy. I mean the quote from Darth alone is incredible:

“DICK CHENEY TO NBC AFFILIATE WHO: “I would have said Sen. Kerry was out of line to bring my daughter into it. I thought it was totally inappropriate.”

Sh*t, the man just got up in Davenport, Iowa on August 25 and talked about Mary in a town hall meeting.

“Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue our family is very familiar with,” Cheney told an audience that included his daughter. “With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone. … People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.”

So no matter Kerry or Edwards said, their comments cannot be classified as disrespectful or “outing” statments regarding the professional queer known as Mary Cheney:

Before her father became vice president, Mary Cheney lived an openly gay lifestyle in Colorado with her life partner and worked as Coors’ liaison with the gay community.

She traveled the country, trying to persuade owners of gay bars to sell Coors. It was not an easy sell, because Coors’ ties to ultraconservative causes and its treatment of gay employees had led to a boycott by gay beer drinkers.

But by funneling Coors’ money to gay-sponsored festivals and events and reassuring bar owners that the company’s views on gays had changed, Mary Cheney by all accounts did well. Indeed, with her help, Coors lured gay drinkers so successfully that religious conservatives denounced the brewer, claiming the firm undermined traditional family values.

“Coors is such an easy target,” Mary Cheney told the alternative weekly Denver Westword in 1999. “It’s really tempting to put the [gay community’s] Coors Boycott Committee and the far-right extremist groups in the same room and figure out which one of them gets to be mad at us.”

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