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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Thursday, October 14, 2004

    Knock off the comments about Mary Cheney 

    What is it with first John Edwards and now John Kerry bringing up Mary Cheney, the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney. In answering a question asking if he thinks homosexuality is a choice (which Bush dodged by saying he does not know; well, does he know what he thinks?), Kerry said: ``If you were to talk to Dick cheney's daguhter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she's being who she was, she's being who she was born as.'' Right answer. Wrong tact. Keep Mary Cheney out of it. Lynne Cheney, Mary's mother, called the statement ``a cheap and tawdry political trick'' and said that Kerry ``is not a good man.''

    The odd part is that Kerry needs no tricks on this issue. It is Bush who is at odds with his vice president on the issue of homosexuality, pushing for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Despite those who would defend him no matter his gaffe, Mickey Kaus has a plausible explanation in his column on Slate. Kaus says, ``There must be some Machiavellian strategy behind the Democratic urge to keep bringing this up - most likly it's a poll-tested attempt to cost Bush and Cheney the votes of demographic groups (like Reagan Dems, or fundamentalists) who are hostile to homosexuality or gay culture or who just don't want to have to think about it. Or, maybe Kerry was just trying to throw Bush off-stride.'' In either case, Kaus concludes, it was creepy. Kerry should demonstrate his understanding of the gay community without personalizing it.

    (Ohioblog is writing this Thursday evening addendum because for one of the first times in this campaign season, I see eye to eye with James Taranto, who runs the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web Today. He isn't happy about the Mary Cheney issue, either. You should read what he has to day. Usually Taranto is so far off base he could be picked off by a hack pitcher in this Major League Baseball playoff season, but not today. Don't expect this to happen again, though) - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:19 AM

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