Today's USA Today has an opinion article
entitled Talking of Cheney's daughter speaks about Kerry
. This is without a doubt the best criticism of Kerry's third debate remark.
Then it was Kerry's turn. And with it, he took what many consider one of the cheapest shots of this campaign. Starting with a lofty phrase picked to make him sound sincere and tolerant, he proceeded to sound anything but that.
"We're all God's children, Bob," Kerry said.
But then came the kicker: "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 choice."
Who is Kerry to presume to speak for Cheney's daughter, or any other homosexual, for that matter? And why did he mention her at all, if not in hope of scoring some political points?
At best, the mention was gratuitous. At worst, it was a smarmy attempt to remind conservative Christians, most of who support Bush, that his running mate has a lesbian daughter living in sin.
To many, it came off as a veiled attack on homosexuality by a man who preaches tolerance.
BINGO! Give the man a prize, he hit the nail on the head. This guy has got it totally right; but I would like to caution folks... Kerry knows what he is saying.
A political campaign is like a game of Chess, each step is carefully calculated, and as I have said before, Kerry is a master at diverting attention
. We conservatives can attack Kerry on this; what he did was wrong... but we can't let this consume our focus. With only days left before the election, we still have 20 years of Senate record to discuss. I know those 20 years are pretty uneventful, in terms of Kerry accomplishments, but the voting record is what people need to know about.
Kerry has kept our focus on the present; effectively allowing his past to remain enshrouded in mystery for MOST Americans. Kerry has too many skeletons in his closet for us to be throwing all the press into this comment. Chide the Senator, yes, but also move on to more important points.