Lynn Cheney: Swinging Both Ways
Not that we've decided to break out the ol' Lynn Cheney blogger flogger, but we at The Peach just can't ignore Mrs. Cheney's Joan Crawford-like reaction to John Kerry's heartfelt comments about her lesbian daughter, Mary. Kerry's point was that gays and lesbians do not chose who they are, and that we should be more accepting:
We're all God's children, Bob. And I think 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.The fact that Lynn Cheney refers to this remark as a "cheap and tawdry trick" has The Peach completely baffled. We don't understand how the wife of the VP could find the Kerry statement so appalling when her own husband has been working so hard to eliminate rights for gays and lesbians. Pardon us, but Mrs. Cheney should be nothing short of ashamed for not standing up for her own child when she needed it the most--protecting her values, beliefs and needs. On one hand Mrs. Cheney claims to be "speaking as a mom," but on the other hand she works overtime to deny her own child's rights. Is there a disconnect here?
It is obvious that Lynn Cheney is still living in a world of denial and rejection when it comes to their daughter. An article in Salon.com from August 2000, examines Mrs. Cheney's comments when interviewed by Cokie Roberts of ABC-News. When Roberts asked about the fact that Mary had "declared herself to be openly gay," Lynn Cheney responded that "Mary has never declared such a thing" and how could Roberts "bring it up on this program."
Even more recently, this article from The Data Lounge points out that following VP Cheney's acceptance speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention, he was joined onstage by his entire family except for his lesbian daughter. Mary and her companion could be seen sitting in the VP box during the speech, but were not included in the family photo op before all the conventioners.
The Peach can only conclude is that the Cheneys reaction isn't so much about John Kerry. It is ultimately about Dick and Lynn Cheney. Our advice to them: get help.