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Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Cheney Reversal on Gay Marriage

Kurtz has the relevant section of a transcript from Dick Cheney's interview today with Wolf Blitzer:

"Cheney: The president's made a decision, partly because of what's happened in Massachusetts and San Francisco, that the administration will support a constitutional amendment -- and uh, that's his decision to make.

"Blitzer: And you support it?

"Cheney: I support the president.

"Blitzer: I don't hear you say you believe there should be a constitutional. . . .

"Cheney: I support the president. Wolf, my deal with the president is that I get to advise him on the issues of the day. I never discuss the advice I provide him with anybody else. That's always private. He makes the decisions. He sets policy for the administration. And uh, I support him and the administration."

Guess that doesn't leave much daylight, and Cheney's 2000 comments are now inoperative.

Wrong, Howie, it leaves plenty of daylight between "supporting the president" and his own views on the matter, which he expressed in the 2000 VP debate. There really is no way around the inconsistency here without Cheney dodging the question about what he thinks of the amendment (as he did with Blitzer) or directly repudiating what he said four years ago:

People should be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to enter into. It's really no-one else's business in terms of trying to regulate or prohibit behaviour in that regard. I think different States are likely to come to different conclusions, and that's appropriate. I don't think there should necessarily be a Federal policy in this area.

Guess that doesn't leave much daylight, indeed.