Kerry Didn't Gay-Bait - He used Mary Cheney to shame Bush for gay-baiting. By Timothy Noah
To score a low blow, you have to believe something is shameful and use it to your advantage. Only the Christian right really see homosexuality that way at this point. This is the shame that Kerry exposed in the debate, not Mary Cheney's sexuality. You can not out someone who is an active senior member of a political campaign, someone who has long served as a liason to the gay community for both corporate and political interests, someone who allows her name to be used as a reference for the administration's tolerance for the gay community. If involved in those activities, they have outed and inserted themselves into the debate. the only question remaining is why it was right to discuss this person's sexuality in private events, but wrong for national television? it's not what they are hiding but from whom?