Seemingly oblivious to the fact that his own policy advocacy and campaign staff has helped make her life immensely more difficult, President Bush says he’s happy for Mary Cheney and her partner:
“I think Mary is going to be a loving soul to her child,” Bush said in an interview with People magazine. “And I’m happy for her.”
Bush was asked about Mary Cheney’s pregnancy in light of his previous statements that a child ideally should be raised by in a family headed by a married father and mother.
Well, sure, you like Mary Cheney. And all the rest of those gay parents in the country who are loving souls? To hell with them. Who cares that you’ve spent the last few years running on a platform of anti-gay referendums that have made the lives of those loving souls more difficult and deprived them of the most basic rights and protections that you and I can take for granted (it was Rove who pushed in 2004 and 2006 to have anti-gay marriage propositions on the ballots in states, on the theory that it would motivate the base and drive up the votes for Bush and the Republican Party).
White House press secretary Tony Snow said on Friday that Bush has not changed his mind.
“But he also believes that every human life is sacred and that every child who comes into this world deserves love,” Snow said.
“And he believes that Mary Cheney’s child will, in fact, have loving parents.”
Asked if Bush believes that children who are raised by gay and lesbian parents are at a disadvantage, Snow said, “He does not make comments on that and nor will I.”
Oh, but he already has made comments on that. He’s built his entire electoral strategy around demonizing gays and pronouncing them unfit for marriage and parenthood. It’s a little late to be coy just because it’s become social inconvenient for him because it affect someone he knows. As long as it was in the abstract, and good for his political future, he had no problem selling Mary Cheney and her partner out. It’s too late to make nicey nice now.