Mary Cheney A Victim...I Don't Think So? genre: Gaylingual & Six Degrees of Speculation

Sales of Mary Cheney's book, Now It's My Turn have been poor at best according to an article in The Advocate. The book has sold fewer than 6,000 copies. See a prior Thought Theater tongue-in-cheek visual that is intended to summarize the actions of Mary Cheney here.

The book's sales have declined in each of the four weeks since its release, to only 574 copies sold for the week ending June 3. That's 77% fewer than its first-week sales of 2,445.

The title of Cheney's book would seemingly indicate that she has been a victim who has now been given the opportunity to tell her side of the story. Perhaps with some creative semantic assemblage one could argue that her book is an opportunity to address her critics. Regardless, Mary Cheney and victimhood are mutually exclusive.

In writing the book, Mary Cheney received the benefit of a million dollar cash advance. That fact merely reinforces the notion that Mary Cheney is available to the highest bidder...regardless of principles. In fact, to presume she has principles is absurd. She is singularly motivated by self-interest. Like her father before her, she long ago learned that a bank account full of cash is the greatest source of independence and freedom of choice.

Mary Cheney is gay because she has sex with a woman...but beyond that fact she is a card carrying conservative who closely mimics the mercenary mentality of her father. Her life as a lesbian is not constrained by the day to day obstacles faced by most homosexuals. The mere fact that she held the position she did in the 2004 reelection campaign speaks to how she used the system to her advantage. It is doubtful any other admitted high profile homosexual would have stood a chance of having the same position.

Mary Cheney has never taken turns...she has been provided a place at the front of the line...with her hand fully extended. She makes choices with the knowledge that she will always be on the receiving end of the pun intended. Mary Cheney is little more than calculating and manipulative. She has been the frequent beneficiary of an influential name and she has demonstrated a propensity to accept cash in exchange for character. She may view her book as her turn...but as usual it is simply another free ride.

Daniel DiRito | June 13, 2006 | 5:01 PM
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