This is rather interesting (hat tip to Pam Spaulding). Wolf Blitzer had an interview with Dick Cheney and he asked him about the nasty things being said about his daughter Mary’s decision to have a child with her partner, Heather Poe. And ol’ Dick got a mite testy over the question. Transcript below the fold:
BLITZER: You know, were out of time, but a couple of issues I want to raise with you: your daughter, Mary. She’s pregnant. All of us are happy shes going to have a baby. Youre going to have another grandchild. Some of the –some critics are suggesting –for example, a statement from someone representing Focus on the Family, “Mary Cheney’s pregnancy raises the question of what’s best for children. Just because it’s possible to conceive a child outside of the relationship of a married mother and father doesn’t mean that it’s best for the child.” Do you want to respond to that?
BLITZER: She’s, obviously, a good daughter –
CHENEY: I’m delighted I’m about to have a sixth grandchild, Wolf. And obviously I think the world of both my daughters and all of my grandchildren. And I think, frankly, you’re out of line with that question.
BLITZER: I think all of us appreciate –
CHENEY: I think you’re out of line.
BLITZER: We like your daughters. Believe me, I’m very sympathetic to Liz and to Mary. I like them both. That was a question thats come up, and its a responsible, fair question.
CHENEY: I just fundamentally disagree with you.
This strikes me as a ridiculous reaction on Cheney’s part. I’m sure it makes him quite uncomfortable to be asked about a difference of opinion between he and his political allies, but that does not make the question an unfair or unreasonable one. It should make him uncomfortable, and frankly the moral thing to do in my view would be to blast those who are claiming that Mary is doing something wrong, or is immoral, or is trying to destroy our society or the family or whatever the idiotic rhetoric is today from the anti-gay crowd.
You don’t have another election to face, Dick, your political career, for all practical purposes, is done; stand up for your daughter and for the millions of other gay and lesbian people who are just like her. Stand up for their rights and tell the Dobsons of the world to go to hell and mind their own business. It’s what you should have done years ago, but you let politics trump what you know is right. You’ve made a few weak statements in her defense, but as a prominent conservative spokesperson, you could be a powerful voice for real equality. Stand up and do the right thing; it’ll feel good, I promise.