Give me a break.
Howard Dean Says He’s Sorry – Advocate.com
Q. At a time when your opponents have perfected the art of mobilizing their base to win close elections, what’s the chairman of the DNC doing on The 700 Club?
Dean: We’re also trying to mobilize our base. We have people in all 50 states knocking on doors, and we’re doing specific [organizing] with the LGBT community for the first time. We’re paying for these organizers in every state—there’s 200 of them around the country—and when we train them, among all the other things they have to [learn], specifically, is how to empower our friends and family in the LGBT community. We talk to them about how to talk about LGBT issues, with the straight community and with the LGBT community. We also have an arrangement with Stonewall Democrats—they were very active in our million-household canvass two weeks ago. We’re really trying to integrate the LGBT community so they don’t just talk to each other, they also speak to the straight community—because ultimately, I think, that’s how we’re going to start converting folks to understand that gay Americans are Americans first, who happen to be gay.
Okay, let’s try again…
Q. Gay voters supported your presidential campaign [in 2003 and early 2004] because they saw you as cutting through the bullshit and speaking your mind. Now you appear to be pandering to the antigay far right. Why should gay voters trust you with their issues when you’re on The 700 Club?
Dean: Well, to be honest with you, I was hurt a little bit by the reaction, because I certainly made a mistake in misstating the party’s platform.
Wow, he has certainly figured out the whole “gay victimhood complex”, hasn’t he? He blamed all of YOU for his appearing on The 700 Club.
I just made a mistake, and it was a bad mistake, but if you look at what else I said on [the Christian Broadcasting Network]—and it’s not the last time I’m going to go on CBN—I went on and I said gay people need to be included. We stand up for equal rights for every American and the belief that everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect. That wasn’t sent around in all those e-mails, but that was part of the transcript too. Look, I don’t defend the mistake I made—I made a mistake and I misstated the party’s platform, but I also stood up for gay and lesbian Americans on that show. Look, with my history, there’s no way I’m going to back away from the LGBT community.
So there ya have it gay liberals. Howard Dean’s “big tent” will now include the Christian Coalition and LGBT. Can you live with that? Kinda self-loathing, huh?
UPDATE: I was just thinking…. Dean’s comments and his tone reinforce the fact there is little difference these days on gay issues at the national level between Republicans and Democrats.
Oh… one difference, the Dems have tricked the gays into believing they actually do care. I forgot that part. You’d think in their decades of absolute power between Stonewall and 2001, the Democrats would have actually moved gay rights forward not backward….(*cough* DOMA, DADT, Christian leader pandering, no Hate Crimes laws passed, no Non-Discrimination laws passed *cough*)