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    January 25, 2007

    Defensive much, Dick?

    Posted by: Chris

    Cheneycnn Vice President Dick Cheney was incredibly defensive on a whole range of topics in an interview yesterday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.  On Iraq, he made all of Bush's bipartisan talk look like the hogwash it no doubt is and refused to acknowledge the quagmire the country is in to due in large part to his own zealotry about Saddam Hussein.

    Even on a lighter topic, like his daughter Mary's pregnancy, Cheney was so gruff and defensive as to be a caricature of himself.  From a WaPo transcript of the exchange:

    Your daughter Mary, she's pregnant. All of us are happy. She's going to have a baby. You're going to have another grandchild. Some of the — some critics, though, are suggesting, for example, a statement from someone representing Focus on the Family:

    "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 it's best for the child."

    Do you want to respond to that?

    CHENEY: No, I don't.

    BLITZER: She's obviously a good daughter —

    CHENEY: I'm delighted — I'm delighted I'm about to have a sixth grandchild, Wolf, and obviously think the world of both of my daughters and all of my grandchildren. And I think, frankly, you're out of line with that question.

    BLITZER: I think all of us appreciate —

    CHENEY: I think you're out of — I think you're out of line with that question.

    BLITZER: — your daughter. We like your daughters. Believe me, I'm very, very sympathetic to Liz and to Mary. I like them both. That was just a question that's come up and it's a responsible, fair question.

    CHENEY: I just fundamentally disagree with your perspective.

    BLITZER: I want to congratulate you on having another grandchild.

    Cheney is so defensive you would think Mary Cheney were the equivalent of Chelsea Clinton, away at college, uninvolved in politics and her privacy violated.  But Mary Cheney has never been Chelsea Clinton.  She worked on her father's campaign to be vice president and ran his re-election effort.  She wrote a book about how her private life as a lesbian intersected with the views of her father and her father's boss on gay marriage and gay rights.

    Blitzer's question didn't even go there, although it would have been fair game to do so. He focused instead on even stronger grounds: asking the vice president about conservative attacks on Mary for living her life. 

    But as with Vietnam, Dick Cheney ducked the fight.  Let someone else defend his daughter and her civil rights.  Just like he's willing to let other Americans fight and die for a cause that only he and a small minority of Americans believe is still worth fighting.



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    1. Julie R. Enszer on Jan 25, 2007 9:25:53 PM:

      Bravo. Bravo.

    1. Alan on Jan 26, 2007 11:55:02 AM:

      He's a sociopath. Haven't we all figured that out yet?

    1. Kevin on Jan 26, 2007 4:12:37 PM:

      (personal msg)

      Tell DeKorte to turn his damn comments on!! We're all running around with jazz hands flailing, waiting to comment our asses off (discreetly of course...)

    1. KJ on Jan 27, 2007 11:13:16 AM:

      I'm not getting my feathers in a bunch about this interview. Cheney said he didn't want to respond. Blitzer pushed ("We like your daughters." What the hell is that?).

      Could Cheney have handled it better? Sure.

    1. Tim on Jan 28, 2007 9:54:14 AM:

      I don't really see it, if he had a polished answer would anyone have cared? It's his daughter and I wouldn't want to push my parents about whether they consider my gay life positive or negative. They are going to say it's a negative every time. Considering how closely they work together I think they have at least worked out the issues between the two of them and that's nice to see and gives me hope.

    1. Tim on Jan 28, 2007 9:55:43 AM:

      And Alan, do you know what a sociopath is? I'm pretty sure they couldn't spend more than 18 years in public service getting shit on by the press. He's just a man asked to do a job.

    1. Alan on Jan 28, 2007 1:32:54 PM:

      Tim -

      You mean like he was asked to do the job of selecting a vice presidential candidate for GWB and after interviewing all the candidates decided he was the best man.

      Or like he co-ordinated the illegal outing of Valerie Plame as a spy (see news: Scooter Libby trial)

      Or how he continues to openly support policies that directly harm said daughter and her life partner and their future child.

      And yes I know what a sociopath is and Cheney is not the only politician out there that is one. That the public continues to elect them is testament to the human species only making use of 10% of their brains.

    1. Tim on Jan 28, 2007 10:56:20 PM:

      Valerie Plame outed herself when she and her husband decided to play politics, Novak found her name in "who's Who"
      The policies were promoted by the very person you said was being harmed.
      and a sociopath doesn't believe in other people.
      Politicians are typically super egotist not sociopaths.

    1. alan on Jan 31, 2007 11:53:44 AM:

      The CNN transcript is different from this. See


    1. Alan down in Florida on Jan 31, 2007 12:38:13 PM:

      To avoid confusion between Alan and alan I have changed my name to Alan down in Florida.

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