The Warring Cheney Sisters

Liz and Mary Cheney aren’t exactly seeing eye-to-eye on the issue of same-sex marriage:

Mary Cheney and her wife Heather Poe separately criticized Wyoming senatorial candidate Liz Cheney on Facebook Sunday, after the younger Cheneyvoiced her opposition to same-sex marriage on Fox News Sunday.

“I love Mary very much, I love her family very much, but this is just an issue on which we disagree,” Cheney told host Chris WallaceSunday morning.

The elder Cheney responded on her Facebook page later that afternoon, writing “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history.”

“Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 – she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us,” Poe posted on her own wall. “To have her say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.”

Thanksgiving is going to be awkward.

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  1. legion says:

    “To have her say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.”

    This right here is the pathology of High Politics. I’m not so partisan that I insist it’s only “the other side” that suffers from it, but it’s something that is immediately evident in pretty much any member of Bush Jr’s extended political family. These people genuinely see politics as a _game_. One where they get to move pieces around, and they compete for “power”, but one that doesn’t actually affect any real human beings. Even when those people affected are blood relatives that they grew up with. I get the genuine impression that Liz really does think that her sister’s position on gay marriage and gay rights in general is just something she’s doing to “get at” Liz, rather than something that directly impacts her life.

  2. CSK says:

    What I think is offending Mary Cheney–and I don’t blame her in the least for being offended–is Liz’s total hypocrisy. This is pure opportunism, or expedience, if you will, on Liz’s part. She’s pretending to oppose gay marriage in order to win the hearts of social conservatives. How utterly trashy.

  3. edmondo says:

    There are so many reasons to not vote for Liz Cheney. Her position on marriage equality is just another one.

  4. Ron Beasley says:

    Liz Cheney is perhaps the most vile person on the planet and I can only hope that she gets thoroughly trounced in Wyoming so those of us who don’t watch FOX news will never have to see her again.

  5. CSK says:

    @Ron Beasley:

    I don’t think you have to worry a lot about Cheney getting trounced; she’s running about 53 points behind Enzi in the polls. Things can always change, but given that she’s an opportunistic carpetbagger willing to say and do anything–even trash her own sister–in order to get elected, I doubt that will happen.-

  6. michael reynolds says:

    What a distasteful human being.

  7. JohnMcC says:

    @michael reynolds: We have a winner!

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    In general I think there is too much hate in politics, but Liz Cheney deserves everything being thrown at her in this thread and elsewhere.

  9. JoshB says:

    Liz seems to be so much like her mother and father, it’s scary. Very, very scary.

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @michael reynolds: Whatever gave you the idea that she was human?

  11. gVOR08 says:

    Liz Cheney is perhaps the most vile person on the planet

    Not while her father lives.

  12. grumpy realist says:

    For those who want to see someone twist himself into knots, go over to TAC and read Rod Dreher’s take on this. It’s hilarious watching him try to explain that if he were married to someone of a different race then yes, one’s relatives should support them whole hog, but same-sex marriage is somehow different and doesn’t deserve the same level of support.

    In a world ruled by karma, all of his kids would turn out to be gay.

  13. C. Clavin says:

    Moving from the dark ages to enlightenment can be scary.
    We already know that the Cheney’s…at least Liz and Dick and Mommy Deraest…are cowards.
    So this is unsurprising.

  14. Ron Beasley says:

    @gVOR08: I for one find Liz to be even more vile than her sociopathic father.

  15. Ron Beasley says:

    @grumpy realist: Poor Rod, I read his post and couldn’t even figure what he was talking about. I have to wonder if he was eating pork rinds and shrimp while he was bashing the gays.

  16. Stonetools says:

    What’s truly bad is not Liz Cheneys despicable character, but that Republicans resort to gay baiting to win elections in this conservative. homophobic state. Think of this next time you hear Doug and James talk about how the Republicans are on a path to giving up their homophobic agenda. At this point it’s part of the Republicans DNA. Republicans campaign against each other and Democrats in red states by flaunting their antigay credentials. It’s only in blue and purple states that they tone down their rhetoric somewhat. Republican fellow travelers take note. You are traveling with and enabling bigots.

  17. Davebo says:

    @Ron Beasley:

    He’s a freaking film critic turned beltway guru.

    You get what you pay for.