Frame the Debate
Saturday, October 16, 2004
  Cheney Flip-Flop Reveals Fake Outrage An exchange in the Oct. 5, 2004 VP Debate:
EDWARDS: Now, as to this question, let me say first that I think the vice president and his wife love their daughter. I think they love her very much. And you can't have anything but respect for the fact that they're willing to talk about the fact that they have a gay daughter, the fact that they embrace her. It's a wonderful thing. And there are millions of parents like that who love their children, who want their children to be happy.

CHENEY: Well, Gwen, let me simply thank the senator for the kind words he said about my family and our daughter. I appreciate that very much.

IFILL: That's it?

CHENEY: That's it.
Now here's Cheney on Thursday, Oct. 14, after the presidential debate where Kerry quite similarly invoked lesbian Mary Cheney:
Cheney told supporters at a rally Thursday in Fort Myers, “You saw a man who will do and say anything to get elected, and I am not just speaking as a father here, although I am a pretty angry father.” He made no other reference to Kerry’s remarks about his daughter.
Really, is there a difference between what Edwards said and what Kerry said? Both were responding to a question about homosexuality.

What does Mary Cheney think of all this?

  It's About Homophobia John Kerry might have made a blunder by invoking Mary Cheney's lesbianism in the final presidential debate. Why? Because he should have foreseen his comments being used by Bushco/apologists/complicit media to exploit homophobic sentiments, which Republicans have used effectively for years as a wedge issue. As a reminder, Kerry said:
"We're all God's children. And I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney's daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she's being who she was. She's being who she was born as. I think if you talk to anybody, it's not a choice."
His mistake wasn't a moral one. He wasn't outting Mary Cheney - VP Cheney himself acknowledged his daughter's sexual preference in the VP debate.

But his comments allowed exploiters of homophobia to, well, exploit the fears of the ignorant.

The exploiters include Mary Cheney's mother, Lynne, who called Kerry "a bad man" for mentioning her daughter's lesbianism. She should be ashamed of herself for using her daughter's sexuality for a cheap political attack. But that shows how far the right wing will go to win an election. 
"If you have been framed, the only response is to reframe. But you can't do it in a sound bite unless an appropriate progressive language has been built up in advance. Conservatives have worked for decades and spent billions on their think tanks to establish their frames."--George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

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