I’ve made this point before, but I’m going to do so again this morning, if only for the purpose of calling John Cole to account for his use of an insulting and ungentlemanly term to describe Elizabeth Edwards.
For the record, John, Mary Cheney is not only an official employee of BC04, she’s also a former board member of the Republican Unity Coalition (a gay rights organization) and the one-time director of gay and lesbian outreach for the Coors Brewing Co. Moreover, according to the AP, she actively “helped the GOP recruit gay voters during the 2002 midterm elections.” In other words, complaining about her being described in public as a lesbian makes about as much sense as, say, objecting to Tom Brokaw’s being “outed” as an anchorman; her sexual identity is nothing less than an elemental part of who she is and what she does for a living. And branding Elizabeth Edwards a ‘bitch’ for pointing that out is simply unacceptable.
Except that is not why I called Elizabeth Edwards a bitch at all. Elizabeth Edwards was not merely pinting out that Mary Cheney is a lesbian- that is already well-dcoumented and in the public record. In fact, it is so well documented that both John Edwards and John Kerry felt it necessary to discuss in NATIONAL DEBATES.
What Mrs. Edwards said was far more obnoxious- she insinuated that Dick and Lynne Cheney are somehow ‘ashamed’ of their daughter and her sexual orientation:
I think that it indicates a certain degree of shame with respect to her daughter’s sexual preferences.
I stand by my statement, as Elizabeth Edwards’ statement was obnoxious, offensive, and, oh, by the way, way off the mark:
The vice president had broken with his earlier circumspection regarding Mary Cheney’s sexual orientation when he addressed the gay-marriage issue in a meeting with voters in August. Cheney said marriage should be a state issue, a rare disagreement with Bush administration policy.
“Lynne and I have a gay daughter, we have two daughters, and we have enormous pride in both of them,” Cheney said then.
Cheney reiterated his gay-marriage position in his vice presidential debate last week with Democratic Sen. John Edwards, who responded by saluting the Cheneys for a willingness to talk about their daughter and “embrace her.”
Cheney thanked Edwards for his “kind words,” but privately, Bush campaign officials were annoyed and considered the comment inappropriate.
Not only is Cheney on record as having stated his enormous pride in his daughter, but Elizabeth’s husband John ackowledged as much two weeks ago.
I suggest that Jack re-read Mrs. Edwards’ statement.
Also, I really can’t believe the Democrat reaction (or non-reaction) about this. If Republicans had done what Kerry and Edwards have done by frequently invoking the name of the vice-President’s daughter in debates, every democrat out there would be screaming that the Republicans are gay-baiting. Trying to assert that the Democratic response would have been different from what I have described is absurd.
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Seriously, folks. Calling Oliver fat in the arguments does not refute his point in any way, meaningful or not, and just makes you look like small, petulant nuisances. Knock it off.