10.15.04 Mary Cheney
I was stunned to see the Republican flap over Kerry's remark about Mary Cheney. Wasn't it a response to a question about "gay" being a "choice"? Kerry more or less said Mary Cheney knows it isn't and her family loves her for who she is.
Why are the Cheneys flipping out?
Tonight in Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall wrote:
I think the cheesiness award goes to the Cheneys. First, they decided to blow a thoughtful remark into a bruhaha. If they thought their daughter's privacy was violated, wouldn't the noble thing be to let the remark pass unnoted? Oh, no, they had to take it to the major media outlets, who have been amplifying it ever since.
Then, I do think their fuss represents their true sentiments about their child's homosexuality. They love their daughter, but there is something terribly wrong with her that must only be discussed in the most hushed tones. If she had cystic fibrosis and Kerry mentioned it, would they be freaking out?
Would they have freaked out?
It's more as if he'd said:
It must be achy-heartbreaky when you rigidly believe something and your child -- just by her being -- proves you wrong. I don't have children, but my impression is that children tend to teach parents things that their parents weren't prepared to learn. How many prospective parents have said, "No child of mine will ever..." and then had to eat their words? Most of them just shrug their shoulders and carry on. Life brings its lessons.
I feel sorry for the Cheneys. Tough to be ideologues whose kids can't conform. They know it's not her choice or they would have disowned her long ago. I'm not sure what to think of Mary. Maybe she's simply proof that even "deviant" children can sacrifice their own identities for the love of their parents.