Apparently Cheney doesn’t like the fact that his political base is questioning his lesbian daughter having a child – the same thing they do to every other gay or lesbian family out there:
Vice President Cheney blew up yesterday when asked in a TV interview what he thinks of conservatives who are critical of his lesbian daughter Mary having a baby.
In a wide-ranging interview, where he was unusually testy in several instances, Cheney got steamed when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer read him a comment from Focus on the Family, a social-conservative group that believes it’s not best for a child to be raised by single-sex parents, like Mary Cheney and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe.
“I’m delighted I’m about to have a sixth grandchild, Wolf, and obviously think the world of both of my daughters and all of my grandchildren. And I think, frankly, you’re out of line with that question,” Cheney fumed.
Seems like he’s happy enough to get their money and court their vote, so long as they leave his daughter alone. Of course, to his credit, Cheney has long been silent on the issue, so you can’t really call him a hypocrite – directly. But it does seem to me that when you sign a deal with the devil, you have to accept the entire pact. Taking money from the Moral Majority, Focus on the Family, and whatever they feel like calling themselves these days does align you with an anti-gay position. Cheney is a savvy enough man to know this.
Of course, the best part of the article is Tony Snow, as usual, who says it’s “a double standard … I think that family members ought to be off-limits.” Too bad the Republicans (and Fox News) didn’t feel that way about Chelsea, eh?
Alright, editing this to add a more concrete statement of Cheney’s opinion, which only seems fair. In a 2004 CNN interview, prior to the elections, Cheney says,
Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue that our family is very familiar with. With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everybody.
While I can understand being in a position where you have to support something you dislike as an aspect of your job, I think it would be nice if Cheney exerted a little more force on this particular issue.