Lynne Cheney Chastens Kerry for “Tawdry Political Trick” — Good for Her

October 13, 2004

The Washington Post reports that Lynne Cheney was none too pleased with John Kerry’s cheap stunt invoking her daughter’s homosexuality. I was amazed that John Edwards seemed to get away with it in the VP debate. But I’m really proud of Lynne Cheney taking the gloves off on this one. It’s about time someone called these scoundrels on their indecency. They pretend to have so much sensitivity toward women, gays, blacks, and here is John Kerry calling Mary Cheney a lesbian on national TV with millions and millions of viewers — all for political gain. Really poor taste. Really low class. I’d say, “Shame on him,” but the man has no shame, as he’s proven since Vietnam.

And Lynne Cheney went further, saying Kerry “is not a good man.” Yes, go after him. From the article:

Lynne Cheney, an outspoken conservative who once headed the National Endowment for the Humanities, issued her post-debate remark to a cheering crowd outside Pittsburgh. “The only thing I can conclude is he is not a good man. I’m speaking as a mom,” she said. “What a cheap and tawdry political trick.”

Beyond the distastefulness of Kerry’s little stunt, he was also being offensively presumptuous in his statement. He said:

“If you were to talk to Dick Cheney’s daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she’s being who she was, she’s being who she was born as.”
How does Kerry know whether Mary Cheney would say she’s being who she was born as? I don’t doubt that she would, but what business does he have making that statement, as if he’s her confidante? She may or may not feel that way, but it’s certainly not Kerry’s business and it’s even less appropriate for him to conjecture on that matter in front of millions. I hope sufficient Americans are turned off by that gratuitous, offensive remark. Only a person completely devoid of sensitivity could think that was an appropriate thing to say — or not care whether it was or not. And they tell us liberals are sensitive and empathetic. Right.