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October 18, 2004

Agreeing with WFBjr

There are very few true conservatives like William F. Buckley Jr. left. He can be an ass, but he is a consistent ass... I might even go so far as to say a reality-based ass. Steve Clemons quotes him here on the inanity of the GOP's argument that Kerry somehow smeared Mary Cheney. To wit:

It is not in question that Mary Cheney's gayness had already become a part of the cast of characters in the political play. Senator Kerry was in no sense "outing" someone who had hidden her sexual impulses. So that the question narrowed to whether what was said was an expression of magnanimity and inclusiveness, or whether it was a bid for votes from the bigoted.

This last interpretation of it was taken by an evangelical Christian politician, Gary Bauer, who ran for the presidency four years ago. He reasoned as follows: that traditional-values voters would react to the public reference as to an animadversion against the Bush ticket, and that by saying what he had said, Kerry could reasonably hope "to knock l or 2 percent off in some rural areas by causing people to turn on the president." This view holds that Kerry was in fact trading on bigotry.

That position is of course irreconcilable with the position that Mr. Cheney has profited politically from publicizing his daughter's gayness -- that he has, in effect, said to the gay community: Look, my own beloved daughter is a member of the Cheney family, and a member also of the gay community. You can hardly suspect in the GOP ticket prejudice against gays, when you see that we have one in the family, whom we cherish.

Posted by jay at October 18, 2004 05:17 PM | TrackBack
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You know we've gone down the rabbit hole now that we find ourselves nodding in agreement with Bill Buckley! (You see I do know how to use my computer...)

Posted by: rachel on October 19, 2004 01:11 PM
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