It seems that the left has torn a page from the Kerry-Edwards 2004 playbook. Back then, the Democratic nominees for the highest offices in the land attempted to make an issue of the sexuality of the Vice President’s daughter Mary in order to pull social conservatives away from the Bush-Cheney ticket. In successive debates each candidate, first Vice-Presidential nominee John Edwards, then Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry mentioned that Mary Cheney was a lesbian. They thought that many social conservatives wouldn’t vote for a ticket when one of the candidates had a lesbian child.
Despite the failure of this tactic two years ago, leftists are trying to make it work this year, only instead of bringing up the sexuality of a candidate’s child, they’re threatening to “out” gay staffers to prominent Republicans. As Bruce reported earlier today, various gay leftists have been sending copies of the “List” (of gay staffers to leading Republicans) to a variety of social conservative organizations, political allies of the GOP who have a less-than-favorable opinion of homosexuality.
It seems clear they’re doing this to weaken the support of those organizations for the GOP as the mid-term elections approach. If these groups show less enthusiam, Republicans won’t generate the turnout they need in order to hold onto Congress.
Without any concern for the lives of these gay men and women — or even any knowledge of whether these staffers have attempted to lobby their bosses to change their stands on gay issues — gay activists are doing something they believe will hurt the party they love to hate — and so help the real object of their efforts, electing more Democrats.
They’re not concerned so much about helping gays as they are about securing political power for the Left. How ironic that they want to help the Democrats rise to power this fall by doing something, which they believe, will hurt individual gay men and women.
Some on the left will stop at nothing to promote their political interests.
But, their tactics, which will likely backfire, show how incredibly narrow-minded they are and show as well the assumptions they make about social conservatives. To be sure, many social conservatives have some pretty backward and inaccurate ideas about gay people. But, I highly doubt that all but a handful will abandon the GOP because some top Republicans have gay staffers. They will support candidates based on their stands on issues of concern to them. And social conservatives have more concerns than blocking legislation beneficial to gays.
Given how long left-wing organizations have had access to this information about Ex-Rep. Foley’s indiscretions, it’s clear they timed the release of it to maximize political damage to the GOP. Why else would they wait until the last day Congress was in session, barely five weeks before the mid-terms?
For the left today, it’s all politics. And they’ll do anything to get power — even if it means compromising the lives of individual members of an supposedly “protected” class. Two years ago, John Kerry’s only interest in Mary Cheney was how he could use her to hurt his political adversaries. Today, it’s gay activists themselves who show little concern for the lives of gay individuals.
Are we ever to find a gay leader bold enough to challenge both the anti-gay policies of social conservatives and the indifference of Democrats and many gay leftists to individual gay conservatives?