Cheney Refuses to Defend Gay Daughter Against Rightwing Attacks

Despicable: Vice Pres. Dick Cheney is apparently deeply ashamed of his gay daughter, Mary. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday, the vice president refused to defend Mary against Christian extremist smears directed at her pregnancy. Instead, Cheney resorted to attacking Blitzer for asking the question:

“I think that family members ought to be off the limits.”
— White House spokesman Tony Snow

BLITZER: You know, we’re 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 she’s going to have a baby. You’re 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 that’s come up, and it’s a responsible, fair question.

CHENEY: I just fundamentally disagree with you.

BLITZER: I want to congratulate you on having another grandchild.

What a horrendous man Dick Cheney is. There are any number of ways he could have fielded this question — a gentle punt, for example, “We’re all entitled to our opinions, Wolf. I just respectfully disagree with the criticism” — but instead he chose a political tactic: Attack the messenger, Blizter, a representative of the purported liberal media, which will play well with his troglodyte base.

Later, White House spokesman Tony Snow had this outrageous reaction:

“People should not be trying to draw family members in,” Snow said on Fox News Channel. “I think that family members ought to be off the limits.”

Unless the “people” drawing family members in are Republicans, and the families in question belong to Democrats such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.


  • GUY
    January 25, 2007 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    what about the family members involved with 9/11? sorry dick stand down! have you heard anything to the contrary?

  • Tas
    January 25, 2007 - 6:30 pm | Permalink

    So, ask Snow Job if family members are off limits to the mouth breathers at Focus on the Anus. Or the knuckle draggers at the 700 club. Or the triple chins at Jerry “Jabba” Falwell’s Liberty College.

  • Mike C.
    January 25, 2007 - 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Or if those family members are Valerie Plame and happen to work for the CIA. :)

  • Lorie S. Hawkins
    January 26, 2007 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    This bunch does not talk about anything, that will damage their image, which isn’t saying much.

  • ronald Rubin
    January 26, 2007 - 11:33 am | Permalink

    Blitzer’s question is perfectly proper. Religious Right opposes gav marriage, gays having children, etc. Believe gays will go to hell. Religious Right overwhelmingly backs GOP and Cheney. Why is it then not in bounds to ask Cheney how he feels about gay daughter having a child?

  • Jane White
    January 26, 2007 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I think Dick Cheney ought to be impeached. I cannot stomach the man politically. But as the parent of four daughters, one of whom is gay, I would have responded in a like manner. I do not answer questions about any of my daughters sex lives. It is no one’s business — and I am a retired elected official. His response about being pleased about the grandchild was enough.

  • Jess Wonderin
    January 26, 2007 - 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Why is it OK for Mary to run Dyks For Dad, write books, appear in the media has a Republic Spokesperson, yet not be held to account for the Party’s anti-gay stand? Dick needs to stand up for his daughter . . .

  • January 27, 2007 - 6:19 am | Permalink

    I think perhaps that this is the only thing I agree with Chaney on. Blitzer was out of line. The GOP does lots of things that are ugly, why should we?

  • January 27, 2007 - 6:21 am | Permalink

    PS. Didn’t know his daughter supports his political position. Like a black at a klan meeting.

  • V. LaRoche
    January 27, 2007 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    Cheney’s daughter, like Cheney himself and the small group known as Friends of Dick and George, knows that laws, no matter what they are and to whom they are intended to apply, have nothing to do with her, her relationship, her maternity, or her life.

    So they can criticize as much as they like. She’s the daughter of the most powerful Veep in the world–she could care less who says what. She can buy all the soundproofing in the world.

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