Back in the Blogging Chair

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: May 23, 2006 1:25 PM

Whew, I've been out of the office all day, but I'm back now.

I listened to the Instapundit crew's podcast interview with Mary Cheney last night and it's pretty entertaining. She's an interesting figure, politically, and tells some great stories about her dad.

Here's a funny exchange, when Helen asks Cheney about being talked about by the national media and Dems as "the Vice President's lesbian daughter."

Helen: Why do you think that people, especially it seem the Democrats, focus on that single issue so much?

Cheney: I’ve always been taught, especially by my parents, that you look at people as the individuals. Is this a good person or a bad person? You look at the actions and who they are as a whole person. And, I’m not really sure why people, especially Democrats, tend to focus so intently on what your demographic definition is.

(pause, pause)

Helen: Well I guess they have to. Isn't that sort of the way they get votes?

Cheney: Well, apparently it doesn't work very well for them, given the last election.

Zing! Very nice, ladies.

In other news, I just got my National Review in the mail, which includes John J. Miller's Top 50 conservative rock songs. A few of my favorites:

No. 4 "Sweet Home Alabama," by Skynyrd: "A tribute to the region of America that liberals love to loathe, taking a shot at Neil Young's Canadian arrogance along the way: 'A Southern man don't need him around anyhow.'"

Ok, so y'all totally saw that one coming.

No. 5 "Wouldn't it Be Nice," by the Beach Boys for its pro-abstinence message.

No. 19 "Kicks," by Paul Revere and the Raiders for being anti-drugs.

No. 28 "Janie's Got a Gun," by Aerosmith for its story of how a gun can protect a woman from sexual predators.

No. 32 "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," by The Georgia Satellites, for obvious reasons.

No. 38 "I Can't Drive 55," by Sammy Hagar, as an anti-nanny state anthem.

I'm surprised how many pro-life-ish songs are on the list-- one by Ben Folds Five ("Brick," haunting, beautiful song) and one by Kid Rock ("Abortion"). The whole list is fun.

One left off the list (because it's R&B) is Nick Cannon's touching "Can I Live?" You can see the video, here. It's really powerful, and was No. 1 on BET's countdown show "106th and Park" forever last year. It's his true story about how his mom almost had an abortion when she was pregnant with him and decided against it.