In the summer of 2007 I met up with my teen-years boyfriend to see where we were now. We didn't have much to talk about (which was one of the main reasons we knew it wouldn't ever work out... how little things change), so the conversation turned to the early primaries. He asked who I liked, and I said that I wish there were a viable, likeable candidate with the politics of Kucinich, but, really, it's not like any of the others could be worse than Bush. He said he like McCain because he would be "strong on terror." He said that he took Mary Cheney's position, that same-sex marriage is one small issue among many, and that he's not a "single-issue voter." I couldn't help smiling the rest of the evening. He still knew how to make me laugh.
Mary Cheney's recent donation to a homophobic Republican makes a whole lot more sense than if she donated to a Democratic one. Sure, she's part of the LGBT population. But it's not like we ever liked her. And being a lesbian, really, is only part of her life, just as sexual orientation is only part of most people's lives.
Consider: if the government turned back to sanity, if center-left and leftwing Democrats took over (which is highly unlikely), Mary Cheney would feel the consequences worse than most Republicans. She'd lose more of her inheritance and income than most if our tax structure became more progressive. The oil companies her family invests in would lose profits if green energy took over. While the profits from his Halliburton stock options were sent to charity while he was VP, it's not like Mary isn't thinking about how much less money they'd be worth if military spending were reduced to a reasonable amount. Heck, if politicians who cared about the rule of law took over the government, her father would spend his final years in prison.
The Democrats have shockingly little to offer the wealthy children of war criminals who stand to inherit millions in Halliburton and oil company stock options.