Creep of the Week: Dick Cheney

By |2017-10-31T14:11:43-04:00October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

Sometimes kids do the most ideologically inconvenient things.
Like be a pregnant lesbian when the party you head more or less has taken the position of hating people like her.
What’s a Dick to do?
Bitch slap Wolf Blitzer, that’s what.
On a Jan. 24, 2007 interview on “The Situation Room,” Wolf Blitzer did the unthinkable and asked Cheney about his very famous daughter’s very public pregnancy.
Blitzer asked Cheney if he would like to comment on Focus on the Family’s assertion that, “‘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?”
Cheney’s response? “No.”
Blitzer went on. “She’s, obviously, a good daughter…”
Cheney cut him off. “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 began to stammer about the question being “responsible” and “fair” only to be met with icy silence from the veep.
But what did Blitzer expect? Mary is a touchy issue. After all, she’s living the exact life the right-wingers love to hate. And neo cons like Cheney need the right-wingers to keep his ass – and the asses of his party – in office. You’ll recall the shit storm kicked up when John Kerry mentioned Mary during the 2004 debates. Lynne Cheney declared that Kerry was “not a good man” for daring to call Mary a lesbian on national television.
Mary agreed that Wolf was out of line. “He was trying to get a rise out of my father,” she told the New York Times.
“This is a baby,” Mary said Jan. 31. “This is a blessing from God. It is not a political statement. It is not a prop to be used in a debate by people on either side of an issue. It is my child.”
Earth to Mary Cheney: your baby is a political statement. When your father is Dr. Evil, er, I mean, Dick Cheney and his party campaigns in favor of amending the Constitution to write families like yours out of it, everything you do is a political statement whether you like it or not.
Of course, Dick Cheney knows this, which is why he doesn’t want to talk about it. For Dick, the personal isn’t political, it’s politically off limits as if there aren’t parents across this country just like him delighted that their son or daughter is bringing a grandchild into their lives with a same-sex partner.
I don’t begrudge Mary Cheney her happiness, nor do I begrudge her father the joy of a new grandchild. I do, however, begrudge them the right to live in a bubble in some undisclosed location.

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D'Anne Witkowski
D'Anne Witkowski is a writer living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBTQ+ politics for nearly two decades. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.