Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Blitzer Question to VP Cheney About Daughter Out of Line?

By Rick Pearcey

Matt Drudge has reported that Vice President Dick Cheney "responded sharply" to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer's line of questioning regarding the pregnancy of the VP's lesbian daughter, during an interview taped for today's "Situation Room."

Here's part of the dialogue, according to Drudge:

Blitzer: "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.". . .

The Drudge story appears here.

Questions: If the VP is "delighted" about having another grandchild, and if he thinks "the world" of both his daughters, including Mary, why doesn't he answer Blitzer's question?

In addition, does the VP think "the world" also of Mary's homosexuality? Clearly, Mary's homosexuality has long been out of the closet. Given that the VP is comfortable with his daughter and his grandchild, why is he not also comfortable answering a question about his grandchild's means of conception and future "family" situation?

Does the VP think it wise to allow children and grandchildren to be purposely conceived and raised in structurally dysfunctional human arrangements that violate the Creator's norms for family life?

Or was Blitzer's question out of line?

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Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.


Matt Redmond said...

Nope, not out of line. The VP needs to form a view of reality that enables him to communicate the delight of his daughter having a child and the love he will bestow on that child while at the same time holding an opinion at odds with the decisions made by his daughter.

Insults are out of line possibly, challenging moral questions are not.

Lydia Brownback said...
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Grumpy said...

Yep, out of line. If interviewers want to ask general questions about moral issues, great. The supposition that we are entitled to have the lawful behavior of family members of politicians showcased for our entertainment is unwarranted. Cheney is not responsible for his daughter's decisions or for critiquing them publicly.

William Bradford said...

Redmond said it well. Although one can understand Cheney's sensitivities. There is no conflict between looking forward to a child, loving your daughter and at the same time not favoring the course of action that led to the pregnancy. But his daughter is an adult and responsible for her own choices. Only Blitzer knows what he wanted to accomplish through his line of questioning.