Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Equal Opportunity Big Mouth

Dick Cheney has placed himself prominently in the public eye once again, this time as an advocate for gay marriage. Speaking at the National Press Club yesterday, he said, "people ought to be able to enter into any kind of arrangement, (but) that it ought to be left up to the states."

He is consistent, I'll give him that. He's long been a steadfast supporter of torture - and he's been a voice for gay marriage since at least 2004.

Cheney did not focus his thoughts only on the rights of gays to enjoy matrimonial life. While at the podium at the National Press Club yesterday, he also took the time to:

- Defend the war in Iraq, despite the lack of evidence that Saddam Hussein had anything to do with 9/11.

- Say that the White House's refusal to declassify CIA memos on detainee torture was "foolish, deeply unfair and sets a dangerous precedent..."

- Call the closure of Guantanamo prison "a terrible mistake."

- Let the world know that "freedom means freedom for everyone. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish."

The nation's strongest voice for torture is also the conservative movement's biggest advocate for gay marriage.

Now that, to borrow from Churchill, is a "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."

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