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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Mary Beats Kerry

Okay, I have to admit that after the last debate I was giving Kerry a pass for mentioning Mary Cheney and her sexual orientation. I didn't understand what all the hubub was about and on its face the comment didn't seem slanderous or hurtful. Of course I momentarily forgot that this is a political campaign and nobody says anything just to be nice, especially a liberal.

As I read more about it and heard it discussed among friends and the pundits, it dawned on me how wrong it was exploit her as "fair game" in this mudslinging contest. Kerry sought to remind Ma & Pa Square-State that there is a living, breathing L-E-S-B-I-A-N at the heart of the Bush-Cheney campaign. Gasp! Shock! Lordy Mercy!

Once again Kerry has managed another self-inflicted wound - only this one won't lead to a purple heart, just a red face. As Zev Chafets points out in his New York Daily News column, people vote for their political party first and their morality second; the ideals are very often not congruous. For Americans, the issues aren't nearly as black and white as we like to contend. We definitely know how to prioritize our values. Here's the punch line:
Politically, Kerry won't benefit from playing the Mary card. But that doesn't mean he hasn't accomplished something of value. Many conservative Christians are for the first time publicly embracing an avowed homosexual. This puts them in touch with their real priorities and values - including that cardinal Kerry virtue, nuance.

Mary Cheney may be gay, but it turns out there are worse things. At least she isn't a Democrat.

UPDATE! This is priceless...


Preya 10/18/2004 10:59:00 PM  

I love you! Sorry, I just don't know how else to express how I feel after reading your blog:)

GayPatriotWest 10/19/2004 02:32:00 AM  

Well, Queer Conservative---both you and I thought the Chafets article was instructive as I quoted on GayPatriot..... Guess it really strikes a chord with open-minded gay men.... Kudoes for a good piece

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