August 16, 2004

"It's hot, it's sexy and it's out of print..."

The Fruitloops like to say that President Bush is just a puppet manipulated by Dick Cheney. Yeah, sure, that's right. But what they don't know is the the Vice President is himself a puppet, with strings pulled by the redoubtable Lynne Cheney! Just kidding, but she's quite a woman, as everyone on the Rive Droit knows. This bit is from a town hall meeting where she and her husband are answering questions.

...MRS. CHENEY: No, I think your analysis is exactly right. The argument I would pose to those people, though, who are threatened by the idea of change -- the question I would pose is, should any child be forced to stay in a failing school? And the answer is no. No child should have to stay in a failing school.
[you have to read on to get to the sexy part]

And one of the things that No Child Left Behind does is if a school doesn't improve, the school can't improve, then kids have an opportunity -- parents have an opportunity to send their children to a higher achieving public school.

Dick and I supported private choice for a long time. Because we haven't been able to make public policy out of it, a number of people support programs that do provide kids who don't have a lot of resources the opportunity to attend a private school. I also -- just one other idea, the people you talk to who are opposing the idea of choice, I would suggest this scenario, really, that it doesn't threaten the public schools when a child leaves to go to another school, it provides that school an impetus to improve, a reason to improve. What we know about life is that businesses get better when there's competition. We know about life that all sorts of projects get better if there's some competition -- and that when there's only the status quo, there's not that little engine of improvement. So I would argue that choice really gives our public schools the kind of motive to improve that's really valuable. So it's a terrific idea. The President has gone some way forward in No Child Left Behind by making public school choice possible...

that little engine of improvement. Good line. And I was just Googling a bit, and found out that Lynne Cheney wrote a hot and feminist novel published in 1981:
But then there's another book, written by another well-known political figure, and it's a doozy. Throughout its pages are fornication (the heroine with her late sister's husband), incest (half-brother knocks up half-sister), adultery (the heroine, with her first husband's friend), contraception (by the wed and the unwed) and lesbian couplings (the heroine's sister and an older woman). And incidentally, lynchings, dogicide, cattle theft and robber-baronism.

The book was published 23 years ago, before the author's husband became one of the nation's most influential politicians, and before the author became a Valkyrie in the culture wars. And the author is ... aha, you thought I was going to say Hillary Clinton, didn't you?

It's Lynne Cheney, wife of the Republican vice president. The book is a frontier novel of the 19th century called "Sisters." It's hot, it's sexy and it's out of print.

I could find only 11 copies in all of the nation's public libraries, mostly in red states: four in Wyoming, Cheney's home state, and one each in North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Kansas, Virginia and Kern County, Calif.

On the Internet, the original 1981 $2.50 Signet paperback has an asking price of $2,999.95 to $25,000, the latter more than the cost of a first edition of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."...[link]

The writer I'm quoting thinks it's a big laugh that a Republican woman should have written such a book--a skeleton in her closet he seems to think it. Actually it's the lefty clichés that are a joke; feminism was originally about women being strong independent achievers, which is Lynne (and her daughters) then and now. The embarrassment is how leftists have changed the meaning of the word to mean "stuffed-shirt women's auxiliary of the Democrat Party."

Actually, far from being considered an embarrassment, Cheney's novel has a page at Whitehouse.org. I wonder if they are hoping the Dems will attack her for it? That would be funny. Apparently one side-effect of the despicable and dishonest attacks on President Bush's Air Guard service is that a lot of people found out that he had been a fighter pilot, and liked him all the better...
* Update: I GOOFED! Arkadiy Belousov notes in a comment that Whitehouse.org is a parody site. Stupid of me, Whitehouse.gov is the White House site. Thanks for the tip, Akadiy.

Posted by John Weidner at August 16, 2004 10:36 AM
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