Thursday, October 14, 2004

The Exploitation of Mary Cheney

John Kerry's exploitation of Mary Cheney was a disgusting attempt to drive a wedge between the Bush/Cheney campaign and conservative Christian voters. He attempted to create a wedge issue out of the Vice President's daughter. This is Kerry's statement form the debate:

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.

I think if you talk to anybody, it's not choice.

According to Howard Fineman, the statement elicited gasps from the media room, people who attended the debate have reported the same reaction (though not audible on television) among the voters in attendance. The comment was immediately seized upon as inappropriate by the blogosphere, and by television commentators. The Cheney's were offended and angry. In an introduction of the Vice President after the debate, Mrs. Cheney had this to say:

"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."

Asked about the statement after the debate, John Kerry Campaign spokeswoman Mary Beth Cahill stated that May Cheney was "fair game". Even worse than that statement, John Edward's wife took to the airwaves this morning and made this statement:

I think that it indicates a certain degree of shame with respect to her daughter's sexual preferences. It makes me really sad that that's Lynne's response.

Dick Cheney, as could be expected, was angry he spoke out about the issue, telling a crowd at a rally in Fort Meyers:

You saw a man who will do and say anything to get elected. And I am not just speaking as a father here, although I am a pretty angry father.

Kerry has thus far refused to apologize for the remark, instead he issued this incoherent statement, in which he attempts to say he was trying to be nice:

"I love my daughters. They love their daughter. I was trying to say something positive about the way strong families deal with the issue,"

Kerry was not talking about families at all when he made the statement, he was talking about whether or not homosexuality is a choice. He could have chosen any number of individuals, like Barney Franks, for instance. But he chose Mary Cheney, and the reason is obvious and cheap. john Kerry and his campaign were hoping to be able to drive a wedge between President Bush and the millions of evangelicals who support him. John Kerry was looking to exploit the fact that Mary Cheney is gay to score political points by convincing a certain segment of Bush supporters to stay home. John Kerry broke not only the unwritten rule of campaigns, that the children of candidates are off limits (yes even if they are adults), he came off as looking cheap and yes, tawdry. he exposed the character of himself and the rest of the ticket, including the wife of John Edwards when she stated that the Cheney's were ashamed of their daughter.

John Kerry is worse that an empty suit, he is a narcissistic opportunist who will say or do anything to reach the White House. He has been given a pass to say anything by the media, he goes unchallenged on his 20 years in the Senate, on the details of his plan, on his countless flip-flops on Iraq, on his weakness on national defense, on his denigration of our allies and his shameless exploitation of minorities of all types. In other words he is the perfect candidate for a Democratic Party that has deteriorated into a pack of political thugs whose singular focus is power at any cost. No matter how polished he may be, John Kerry is the quintessential politician, with all of the negative connotations that word can carry.

John Kerry has not outlined a coherent plan on anything, be it domestic policy or foreign policy. When asked his supporters are not likely to be able to point to any one proposal he has made that they are drawn to, they are more likely to express their irrational hatred for President Bush. That hatred os shared by the press, who have proven as willing as Kerry to say or do whatever it takes to remove the president from office. While providing no details for the many "plans" he referred to during the debates, he has also managed to convince many voters, through clever speak, to believe that he agrees with their side of an issue, no matter what the issue or what the side.

John Kerry has a record. If the American people are unsure of what he would do in office if elected, they need to simply review his record. If American;s actually took the time to do that, the election would be over and John Kerry would be serving as Senator from Massachusetts for the next 30 years.

For those who have been willing to believe the press coverage of Kerry, his cheap and transparent exploitation of Mary Cheney may have been their first glimpse at the real John Kerry. If so, that first glimpse may stay with them until election day. Let's hope it does.

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