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01/24/2007

Video: A Wolf earns Veep's loathing

by Jeremy Hooper

In regards to the contents of his lesbian daughter's womb, VP Cheney had this to say (or not say) to Wolf Blitzer:

AWK-ward!

Oh, and that silence and stare from Cheney? Yea, it's been known to be followed by a non-fatal, yet still hurtful, gunshot to the face. Watch yo'self, Blitzer!

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Your thoughts

Cheney's taking it out on the wrong people. Wolf Blitzer was giving him a chance to respond to James Dobson's organization, and he basically shot him in the face. Yeah. Awkward.

Posted by: jaj | Jan 24, 2007 10:07:18 PM

Yea, it looks like Cheney is still unwilling to go to bat against those who think and so vocally declare his daughter to be unsavory.

Ugh.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 24, 2007 10:14:51 PM

ouch...

Posted by: | Jan 24, 2007 10:56:14 PM

That tactic worked against John Kerry. Now it just makes him look like he won't defend his grandchild.

Bush's routine has gotten stale and so has Cheney's.

Posted by: Fritz | Jan 24, 2007 11:02:44 PM

It makes Wolf look awkward, not Cheney. Because Cheney, as a policy maker, disagrees with Mary Cheney's actions doesn't mean that he doesn't love her, and love his next grandchild. Cheny loves his daughter, even if he disagerees with her homesexuality.

The comments here belie an amazing intolerance of fatherly love. Get a grip folks.

Posted by: anon | Jan 25, 2007 7:19:56 AM

When I was a growing up, there was a 16 year old kid that down the street from me that murdered his girlfriend. It was historic and controversial because he was the first minor in Illinois to be tried as an adult.

The public statements made by his parents during that time were far more supportive than Dick Cheney's response about his daughter.

I've never had much sympathy for Mary, but as a father who would support his kids to the death and welcome a public forum to do so, my heart goes out to her. I'm sure she was hurt by her father's refusal to say something positive for her.

Posted by: Steve - Geneva, IL | Jan 25, 2007 8:14:50 AM

The situation itself is awkward for both of them. But anon (7:19), Cheney has not indicated that he disagrees with Mary's "homesexuality" (sic). In fact, he's indicated the opposite.

If a group of any sort were to publicly criticize my daughter in the way that FOF has condemned Mary, no fear of alienation or loss of support could stop me from standing up for my progeny. The comments here do not "belie an amazing intolerance of fatherly love." They wonder why Mr. Cheney lets his political career trump that love.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 25, 2007 8:18:47 AM

It was a political question and nothing in it implied a putdown of the Cheney family.

Cheney was just ticked off because he had been asked some serious questions for a change rather than the softballs he usually gets.

You don't have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

Posted by: Dennis | Jan 25, 2007 10:04:56 AM

Some people aren't happy unless they collect 20 apologies before lunch.

Pretending to be offended works great!

1) Avoid a question.
2) Turn the attack on the questioner.
3) Garner sympathy.


Posted by: Allen | Jan 25, 2007 11:27:18 AM


Maybe Cheney doesn't want to speak for his daughter? I spent time in Wyoming and there was a period where Mary and her dad were very estranged. Mary Cheney came and spoke to students in Laramie after 1998. She told us about the relationship she had with her father and how it affected her. She also hoped for a change in her parents' attitudes.

I think Lynn Cheney and the Vice-President have come as forward as they can to love and support their daughter. You can't ask a Christian, Conservative Republican to completely accept homosexuality. If you start to pick apart at one aspect of dogma, it makes all aspect of religious ethics weaker. What the Cheney's have done is found some middle ground, as a family. They obviously don't want to air their grievances or their successes.

Posted by: lincolnparadox | Jan 25, 2007 12:18:42 PM

I think Lynn Cheney and the Vice-President have come as forward as they can to love and support their daughter. You can't ask a Christian, Conservative Republican to completely accept homosexuality. If you start to pick apart at one aspect of dogma, it makes all aspect of religious ethics weaker. What the Cheney's have done is found some middle ground, as a family. They obviously don't want to air their grievances or their successes

WHEN YOU WORSHOP SATAN NONE OF THE ABOVE APPLIES!

Posted by: Truth | Jan 25, 2007 12:46:37 PM

Blitzer's out of line? He was quoting Dobson. Why doesn't Cheney say DOBSON was out of line? Because Blitzer exposed Cheney's blatant hypocrisy.

Posted by: ThomasMc | Jan 25, 2007 1:01:25 PM

Cheney is a gonad and Mary is not worth our time nor our energy. She is a hypocrite of the highest order and I for one have no sympathy for her.

Mary has squandered every opportunity to raise the level of awareness and to condemn bigotry and hate.

Posted by: Chapeau | Jan 25, 2007 1:08:57 PM

All of the Cheneys are cheap hookers who will adopt whatever stance they believe will serve them. Mary Cheney acts as a gay liaison at Coors when that offers her a chance to line her pockets, then pretends to be miffed when Kerry makes stupidly patronizing comments or gestures of sympathy. Lynn Cheney demonstrated her true feelings about lesbianism when she added it to at least one of her novels to "spice it up." Mary Cheney is a lesbian. Lynn Cheney is a lesbian (and even more of a dog than her daughter). And Dick Cheney appreciates the "naughty" themes of his wife's books--until, of course, he finds it incumbent upon him to pretend to be Mr. Right-Wing Morality. They whole Cheney family--what a sewer of whores and hypocrites.

Posted by: xergrg | Jan 25, 2007 4:22:13 PM

You think Cheney's a Christian? If he is, God save me (and us all) from his kind of Christian.

If my child were in the shoes of his child, wild horses (and wild people) wouldn't stop me from defending and loving my child. Accept their lifestyles or not, they remain my children, even if they live in a way that I do not accept.

I think he (and his insipid wife) is a hypocrite who says one thing, but does another.

Posted by: Ro | Jan 25, 2007 4:44:15 PM

Darth Cheney refuses to accept reality. Tell me something new.

Posted by: Luke | Jan 25, 2007 9:22:47 PM

What the hell is wrong with you Americans?
Why do you keep on electing violent morons and fascist pigs?
Why don't you get rid of them before they get rid of you?
I just don't understand your willingness to dismantle the Empire you have built.
It will cum crashing down and you will have only yourselves to blame.
You are so homophobic it is beyond comprehension in real democratic countries.

Posted by: Yvon Thivierge | Jan 25, 2007 9:49:40 PM

Do you think Cheney is a Christian? Well heck, why not! He likes invading countries and killing people. Isn't that what Christians have been doing for centuries?? I'm confused.

Posted by: Hense | Jan 25, 2007 10:25:03 PM

It's as if somebody asked Darth, "So... how's your kid, y'know, the one with leprosy?" That is what Dick and Lynne Cheney hear whenever there's a question about Mary. For all their wealth from war profiteering, and it's certainly billions buried somewhere, the Cheneys are no happy campers. It's called shame. And shame trumps money any day.

Posted by: ProfessorVP | Jan 26, 2007 12:23:18 AM

The VP did not want to respond because Blitzer was dragging part of his personal life into an interview about the country. The fact the some other person made a statement about the daughter does not make it worthy of a question.
And by the way, Blitzer caved like a wimp.

Posted by: no response | Feb 19, 2007 7:40:58 PM

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