I don't know if anyone caught Mary Cheney on the Letterman show last night. I did. And, well, I have to say I wasn't too impressed. This is not to say I wasn't impress, at all, with Ms. Cheney, I was. In fact I think if she were to ever gain the support of the Republican party, she might actually make headway in terms of a political future. Though she said in this interview that she has no intention of running for office.
What I wasn't impressed with was her answers to questions posed by Mr. Letterman. Other than saying "it's in the book," or, "If you had read the book," or "I mention this in the book" she didn't really seem to answer many questions. If she does decide to pursue a political career, sometime in the future, one thing she would be best served by, would be to omit the phrase "what you have to understand" from her lexicon which she used at least a couple of times. But I digress.
I also really wasn't impressed with her take that bringing up issues of gay rights was improper for a staffer (which she was) during a presidential campaign. Instead she suggested that discussions such as these should occur within families across the nation.
What she neglected to address, however, is that she was not just a staffer with the vice-president's office, but that she is the daughter of that vice-president. And as David Letterman pointed out, would it have done more for the cause of gay rights to address any gay rights issues during that or the previous campaign when she had the ear of the vice-president, than it is be to put it in a book that's released during the last two years of that administration.
Anyone who knows me knows I love non-fiction political books. I have read my fair share, some are fantastic with great insights into the politics of this great nation, and some are less so.
I had planned on purchasing Mary Cheney's book. But to be honest, she came across a little entitled, and that's a image, rightly or wrongly, that her father has, and it's an image I don't care for. I think I'll take a pass on her book.
And while I understand no election should be based on a one issue campaign, when the administration you support believes that you, as a person, deserve less than every other citizen of the nation, and you are an out, and open person of this minority, AND a member of the campaign, then I think you probably do owe it to that special interest to make sure that it has a face wihtin that campaing, and that face is you.
Anything less would be a slap in the face of of the minority in which you belong.
Butr I also think if you would rather not to be the poster person for your minority, then stay in the closet and keep your head in the sand and most importantly don't be a public figure in a campaign.
You can't have it both ways.
Well, actually I guess Mary Cheney proves that you can have it both ways. But that doesn't mean it's right.