Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dick Chaney Learns a Hard Lesson – It’s Difficult to Control Your Daughters Liz and Mary in the Age of Facebook

Embarrassing to the  Former VP? – No, He Cannot Be Embarassed

It used to be that one good thing about family quarrels is that for the most part they were kept in the family.  But with Facebook and the heated political arena it seems that is no longer the case.

Dispute Over Gay Marriage Erupts in Cheney Family

Dick Cheney with his daughters, Mary Cheney, left, and Liz, at the Republican National Convention in 2000.
The happy sisters and Dick

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Things erupted on Sunday when Mary Cheney, a lesbian, and her wife were at home watching “Fox News Sunday” — their usual weekend ritual. Liz Cheney appeared on the show and said that she opposed same-sex marriage, describing it as “just an area where we disagree,” referring to her sister. Taken aback and hurt, Mary Cheney took to her Facebook page to blast back: “Liz — this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree you’re just wrong — and on the wrong side of history.”

See Mary Chaney is running as an ultra, ultra conservative trying to oust ultra (sorry Mie, only one ultra) conservative Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi in a Republican primary next year.  And to do that she has to be violently opposed to equality for gay and lesbian couples.  The problem, her sister is part of a married same sex couple.

And although Mary Chaney and her wife are the targets of a hate attack here, it is Liz Chaney who wears the adopted victimhood mantel.

People who have spoken to Liz Cheney say she is irritated that her sister is making their dispute public and believes it is hypocritical for Mary Cheney to take such a hard line now, given that she worked for the re-election of President Bush, an opponent of same-sex marriage.

But our real concern here, apart from enjoying an ultra ultra conservative like Liz Chaney skewered on the rack of hypocrisy is the fact that the feud is being fought in part on Facebook posts.  Here is Mary Chaney's spouse totally destroying  her sister in law’s integrity on Facebook.

“Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 — she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us,” Ms. Poe wrote. “To have her say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.”

Yeah, a delightful turn of events, but we are just not sure social media improves people’s lives, and this is certainly evidence for that position.

And finally, not only is this showing an ugly side of Liz Chaney, her position is not even good politics.  Almost all voters respect a person who stands up for their family, and they have little respect for a person who would throw her sister and sister in law under the bus to gain a few political points. Liz Chaney's stance will hurt her in her quest for votes in Wyoming, not help her.  So in addition to be a bigoted person she is also a politically inept one.  Not exactly a prescription for winning an election.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder, for perhaps the millionth time, how any gay person could be a Republican.