Back during the 2004 presidential campaign, the gay media, indeed all media, all but ignored gay Republicans (indeed all gay Americans) intending to vote for President Bush. I guess they assumed the number would be small because Log Cabin had failed to endorse the Republican nominee that year. All were surprised to see exit polls showing Bush receiving 23% of the gay vote that year.
This year, Pajamas Media is showing itself to me ahead of the curve, leaving the mainstream media in the dust, by posting my piece on a phenomenon other media (except blogs) have ignored, that of gay Democrats backing the presumptive Republican nominee in the current presidential contest.
Herewith a taste of my post:
Back in February while discussing the housing market with a relator active in the Los Angeles gay community, the conversation turned to politics. I learned that this friend who had helped raise money for Hillary Clinton’s White House bid intended to support John McCain should his candidate lose the Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama.
At the time, I thought little of this exchange, assuming my friend’s opposition to his party’s then-frontrunner was an aberration, just one gay man who didn’t trust the junior Senator from Illinois. But, about a month later, in an Instant Message conversation a gay friend from New York who usually votes Democratic and then supported his own junior Senator’s presidential campaign, suggested he might vote for the Republican nominee that fall should Obama win.
He wouldn’t be the last. In the next month, I would talk to and overhear additional gay Democrats inclined to support John McCain in a fall match against Barack Obama.
Now that I’ve whet your appetite, click here to read the rest.