The Cheneys are a political family, so it's not too much of a surprise that the statement Dick and Lynne Cheney issued Monday in response to their daughters' latest public rift over gay marriage seemed more designed to quell the political problem the spat could cause for Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Senate candidate, than to resolve anything between their daughters.
Heather Poe and Mary Cheney's statements about how Liz Cheney treated them decently over the years have raised questions about whether Liz Cheney's opposition to gay marriage is long-standing or a novel strategic pose designed to woo conservative support. Liz Cheney has already been derided as a carpetbagger in the Wyoming, which she recently returned to after a career in the Washington area, and fresh questions about her commitment to conservative principles could only further damage her already long-shot campaign to unseat incumbent Mike Enzi.
"This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public," the Cheney parents said in a statement. "Since it has, one thing should be clear. Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage."