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Critics Have No Love for Grandpa Cheney

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Posted on Dec 6, 2006
Mary Cheney and partner
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Mary Cheney (left) with her longtime partner, Heather Poe.

Dick Cheney is going to have another grandchild soon, this time from his openly gay daughter Mary.  While the vice president expressed his joy at the announcement, advocacy groups spanning the political spectrum took the opportunity to sound off, with social conservatives bemoaning the horror of a fatherless childhood and gay rights groups pointing to Grandpa’s history of hypocrisy on the issue.


AP via Star-Telegram:

“The vice president and Mrs. Cheney are looking forward with eager anticipation” to the arrival of their sixth grandchild, McBride said.

Mary Cheney was an aide to her father during the 2004 campaign, and now is vice president for consumer advocacy at AOL. She and Poe moved from Colorado to Virginia a year ago to be closer to the Cheney family.

Family Pride, which advocates on behalf of gay and lesbian families, noted that Virginia last month became one of 27 states with a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

“Unless they move to a handful of less restrictive states, Heather will never be able to have a legal relationship with her child,” said Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler.

The couple “will quickly face the reality that no matter how loved their child will be. ... he or she will never have the same protections that other children born to heterosexual couples enjoy,” Chrisler said. “Grandfather Cheney will no doubt face a lifetime of sleepless nights as he reflects on the irreparable harm he and his administration have done to the millions of American gay and lesbian parents and their children.”

For years, Mary Cheney’s openness about her sexual orientation had posed a dilemma for conservative activists who admire Dick Cheney’s stance on many issues but consider homosexuality a sin.

Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America described the pregnancy as “unconscionable.”

“It’s very disappointing that a celebrity couple like this would deliberately bring into the world a child that will never have a father,” said Crouse, a senior fellow at the group’s think tank. “They are encouraging people who don’t have the advantages they have.”

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By Michael R. Juliano, June 28, 2008 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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Whats with people rearing other persons families when there is no relation? 7 times out of 10 the people who complain I bet wouldn’t let the neighbor down the block raise their kids. Even licensed clinical therapists understand and know to not NOT involve themself in a sensitive and personal situation or try to raise someone elses family. Not to mention it could lead to a legal battle and loss of licence to practice business. TO all those who know better and never lived the experience- “get a life” (lives)- and therapy. And don’t drive with out a license,either.

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By Eleanore Kjellberg, December 7, 2006 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment
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We might be witnessing a miracle—“immaculate conception” or perhaps, the “adoption” of a frozen embryo—let’s just hope, that she didn’t clone papa DICK.

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By John Doe, December 7, 2006 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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Can you say, IRONY?

Unfortunately, the only people who recognize this are those who would have empathy for Mary, regardless of whose daughter she is.

For the rest of the uptight, inhibited, prejudiced radically conservative religious people, the word simply isn’t in their vocabulary.

The other respondants are correct. Papa Dick has no conscience. He’s like Dubya - what, me worry? - Bush.

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By AMIGO, December 7, 2006 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment
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Oh, how sweet for grandpa dick - - - -
Which begs the question, WHO THE HELL IS THE FATHER? AND, WILL HE BE ALLOWED VISITATION RIGHTS ?
That kid is going to grow up, all messed up!
These people are sick,sick,sick - - -!!!!!

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By Bukko in Australia, December 7, 2006 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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Grandpa Cheney will not have any sleepless nights thinking about the harm he has caused his daughter or that grandchild. These people have no consciences. They consider themselves immune from the same rules of behaviour they impose on everyone else. Their money and power grants them immunity. If he was going to be sleepless about anything, it should be the hundreds of thousands of people his war has killed in Iraq. But I don’t imagine he’s got any prescription for Ambien over that, either.

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By Margaret Currey, December 7, 2006 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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Just recently in Oregon a father died his children will not know their father even though their father probably saved their lives.  The ideal child will have a father and mother, which is ideal,but there are few children who will know their father only, they will have a step father who will know the child more than the child’s father.

This child will have uncles, and if this child is resilient will survive first grade, of course being Dick Chaney’s grandchild, the child will probably go to provate school, and may even run for a public office since granddaddy chaney will have pull.  Remember this child will be a future Republician.  By then the religion attached to the party will be a thing of the past, how long can you hold on to the religious right when you have guys like Foley around.

Margaret from Vancouver, Washington

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By Quy Tran, December 6, 2006 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment
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Critics have no love for gram “big Dick” Cheney ?
No surprise at all because he had shown no love to others long since ago. This is “THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT”.

We’re hoping he would open his eyes, his brain, his heart and mostly his conscience widely ! How selfish he was ? You know !

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