What Can Otherwise Be Explained By Malice
Most of you probably know that John Kerry and John Edwards went out of their way in the last two debates to mention that Dick and Lynne Cheney’s daughter is gay. This has elicited a media and blogosphere buzz that’s been generally negative toward both Kerry and Edwards in regards to their remarks.
Lynne Cheney reacted to Kerry’s debate comments, telling a post-debate rally in Corapolis, PA: “The only thing I could conclude is that this is not a good man. This is not a good man. And, of course, I’m speaking as a mom. And a pretty indignant one. This is not a good man. What a cheap and tawdry political trick.”
It seems that the Kerry/Edward ticket got this idea in their head via campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill, who declared Mary Cheney “fair game.”
Elizabeth Edward’s interview with ABC News Radio this morning where she responded to Lynne’s remarks is telling (via The Note):
“It makes me really sad that that’s Lynne’s response. I think that it indicates a certain degree of shame with respect to her daughter’s sexual preferences that I’m certain makes her daughter uncomfortable. That makes me very sad on a personal level.”
She called Kerry’s response “very thoughtful” and “extremely sensitive.” She also said Lynne Cheney has been a “wonderful advocate for her daughter,” but feels “she has over-reacted to this” and “that’s a very sad state of affairs.”And there’s the hidden message that the Kerry/Edwards camp has been pursing with this whole strategy – that the Cheneys, by virtue of being Republicans, must be ashamed of their daughters sexual orientation.