Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Right Wing Goes After Cheney

This is all so strange. First came the attack on Mary Cheney from an organization that purports to be concerned about families: Two Mommies is One Too Many. In this screed, James Dobson picks on what is probably the least common source of families that don't have one mother and one father: the gay family. Dobson is probably aware that divorce and abandonment are the big culprits when it comes to the breakdown of our families, and he does allude to that here:
Isn't there something in our hearts that tells us, intuitively, that children need a mother and a father? Admittedly, that ideal is not always possible. Divorce, death, abandonment and unwed pregnancy have resulted in an ever growing number of single-parent families in this culture.
Now, James Dobson has never asked for a constitutional amendment banning divorce. But perhaps that's because it's not really the children that motivate Dobson, it's the politics. Calling for a Til-Death-Do-Us-Part Amendment wouldn't motivate people to get to the polls nearly as well as hating gays does (especially when you consider the divorce rate among Dobson's followers). But this story gets even stranger when you see how Cheney responds to an an attack from his biggest supporters -- people who believe that his daugher Mary is not fit to be a mother and that she won't be fit until she finds herself a man:
[O]ur conviction is that birth and adoption are the purview of married heterosexual couples.
He just shuts down. Perhaps this is evidence that Cheney has reached a point of cognitive dissonance -- in this situation, he can only come off as a bad father or a hypocrite, and he knows it. He doesn't want to hurt his daugher, but he also can't piss off his base, so he's covering his ears and shrieking "la lala lala" and waiting for the subject to change (he never thought he'd be relieved to hear the conversation return to the disaster in Iraq!). You can watch Cheney's response here, or read the transcript here.

I wonder if Cheney privately told James Dobson to mind is own freakin' business? Or perhaps that's yet another occasion for Cheney's multiple standards.
Ironically, Cheney hasn't said anything that I've seen to defend his daughter, or his future grandchild, against the incredibly vicious attacks from his own supporters. But when CNN asks about the controversy, suddenly CNN is out of line for bringing the issue up. So, it's okay for Cheney's religious right buddies to openly attack his daughter and grandkid, but it's not okay for the media to ask about the controversy.


Scott said...

You will probably never see a more apt depiction of a culture changing than watching Dick Cheney's face during that Wolf Blitzer interview.

His love for his daughhter, his knowledge of her unchangeable, unchosen lesbian nature colliding with his need to placate the christianist base for political reasons was grueling to watch last night--it was moving and sad. Then of course he did what they do: He blamed the media.

Mary Cheney ran gay outreach for the Bush campaign, wrote a book about the whole thing and Wolf is crossing a line to ask about Cheney's reaction to the friendly-fire attacks from conservatives?

The cognitive dissonance will be resolved somehow and I think I know how, but I don't want to jinx it for society by saying it out loud!

alice said...

Oh, that was very well put.