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I’m so sick of the gay-baiting. Bush did it again in his radio address today. The bullsh*t flows from his mouth without a hint of irony.

“In this time of change, some things do not change. Those are the values we try to live by — courage and compassion, reverence and integrity. I stand for a culture of life in which every person matters and every being counts. I stand for marriage and family, which are the foundations of our society. I stand for the appointment of federal judges who know the difference between personal opinion and the strict interpretation of the law.

My opponent says he supports the institution of marriage, but he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act, which Congress passed by an overwhelming majority and my predecessor signed into law. My opponent has voted against sensible bipartisan measures, like parental notification laws. He voted against the ban on partial birth abortion.

On issues that are vital to this nation’s future, all Americans know where I stand. I’m a compassionate conservative. I believe in policies that empower people to improve their lives, not try to run their lives. I believe in helping men and women find the skills and tools to prosper in a changing world. I have worked to help all Americans build a future of dignity and independence. And that is how I will continue to lead this nation for four more years.

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In the context of the gay-baiting, I’m still trying to figure out why this Mary Cheney issue (other than a Rovian plan of distraction) still has legs, overwhelming coverage of the continuing deaths in Iraq, or the fact we have platoons failing to perform missions because Bush has them going in with their rears literally exposed.

Anyway, I think the problem is that the Repugs would like all gays back in the closet, then they don’t have a face or identity as someone they could care about. The Cheneys are ashamed of the fact that they could, via nature or nuture in their minds, have raised a child that represents the antithesis of their political beliefs.

I’m sure the coming out process for Mary had to be fairly hellish, considering the “public support” she’s receiving from her family on this blowup. No, I’m not shedding any tears for that coward — she, at this point, deserves all the grief she’s getting since she’s participating in her own debasement by working for the GOP. What’s evil is her work will affect all gay people, and we cannot remain silent on this issue.

Where are Mary’s public comments — and I agree, where is Candace G. or even Chrissy Gephardt? Someone who’s out and in politics needs to put a first-person human face to spar with the holier-than-thou talking heads out there.

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