In a snide little post which lacks the civility he claims to favor, Andrew Sullivan notes that the Vice President has “no issues with his openly gay and partnered daughter,” but asks us to “imagine if this were true of a Democratic duo. Can you imagine the attack ads that Karl Rove or his surrogates would be preparing?“
Okay, Andrew, since you think that Karl Rove would be eager to use a candidate’s acceptance of his child’s sexuality in a campaign, please provide examples where Rove — or another Republican operative for that matter — has attempted to exploit a Democratic candidate’s openness to his (or her) child’s homosexuality?
The only time I can think of a candidate or candidates making an issue of an opponent’s attitude toward an openly gay child was when the team Andrew backed in the 2004 presidential election brought up the Vice President’s daughter in the debates. Hmm . . . and now he thinks Rove would make an issue of a Democrat in a similar situation. I recall Andrew dismissing all the hullabaloo over Kerry and Edwards’ statements as posturing.
Once again, Andrew seems eager to use any news, even that favorable (on gay issues) to the President (or Vice President), to attack the president and his advisors rather than to consider the information in a dispassionate manner. Doesn’t seem very conservative to me.