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Obama Must Fire Staffer who Slighted McCain’s Handicap

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:54 pm - September 13, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Obama Watch

The conservative (and libertarian) blogosphere has been abuzz for the past twenty-four hours on the Obama ad which probably ranks as the biggest campaign advertising blunder of the year.

This time, the candidate himself cannot (not yet at least) be held accountable for the bone-headed actions of his staff.  Some might argue he should since includes the tag (required by federal law) where he says, “I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message.”

To show how out of touch John McCain is, the ad’s narrator informs us that the Republican nominee can’t send an e-mail. 

Had the producers of this ad done a few minutes of googling, they might have learned that John McCain knows how to send an e-mail, only that it’s difficult for him to do so.  As Jacob Weisberg wrote in 2000, “because of his war injuries, he is limited in his ability to wield a keyboard”  (via the Corner.)

Unless Obama apologizes for his aide’s failure to fact-check or at the very least fires the staffer responsible for this egregious ad, he bears responsibility for its inaccuracy and slight on the Republican’s disability.

Maybe Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton, the guy whose “first impulse” on hearing the news than McCain had tapped Palin as his running mate was to slight her as the “former mayor of a town of 9,000,” signed off on this ad. If it was someone else, the problem in the Obama camp is deeper than some think.

The Problem with Joe Solmonese

When I first read Scott Tucker’s post on Dan Savage’s appearance Joe Solmonese’s on XM Satellite Radio show, I took note of the sex columnist’s narrow view of the GOP:

[He] is so filled with animosity against Republicans, he can’t see the world in front of him. And like so many anti-Republican gay activists, he can’t provide facts to justify his (very distorted) view of the GOP.

But, now I wonder why the president of the Human Rights Campaign, which bills itself as an organization which strives “to end discrimination against GLBT citizens,” invite a writer with a record of anti-Republican rhetoric, to comment on the Republican National Convention.

Shouldn’t he have invited a less partisan participant? Or perhaps included a gay Republican, say Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon, along with Savage, to offer his view of the festivities in St. Paul?

Wouldn’t the perspective of the president of a gay Republican organization, one which refused to back the GOP nominee four years ago, be a more credible source for information on his party’s convention?

Scott Tucker does a great job of pointing out Savage’s lies and misrepresentations.  Read his post!  And once you have, ask yourself this: what does it say about Joe Solmonese that he would invite this anti-Republican writer to comment on the Republican convention?

It’s akin to inviting James Dobson to comment on the gathering of a gay group.

Knocking On The Two Million Mark!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 12:10 pm - September 13, 2008.
Filed under: Blogging,Post 9-11 America

As I wake up this morning, we are less than 10,000 visitors from hitting the monumental 2,000,000 unique visitors mark since our launch four years ago.

Most of the rapid increase in traffic is a direct result of Dan’s work at the Republican National Convention and the links and new readers that followed from other bloggers.  THANKS AGAIN DAN!

As you may recall, I announced a Two Million Contest at the end of July.  The reader who emailed me their guess as to the date/time we hit 2M will win a brand-new hardcover version of Jonah Goldberg’s book, Liberal Fascism.  Autographed by yours truly, of course.

Some of the dates that readers sent in have already passed.  But we have the following folks still in contention (all times Eastern Time Zone).

  • Rob – October 1, 2008, 6:25 PM
  • Laurie – October 3, 2008, 7:00 AM
  • Dayne -  October 28, 2:44PM
  • Ed – November 5, 2008, 6:01 PM

May the best guesser win!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Sarah Palin on Homosexuality in Gibson Interview

In his interview with Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, Charles Gibson asked her about the origins of homosexuality:

GIBSON: Homosexuality, genetic or learned?

PALIN: Oh, I don’t — I don’t know, but I’m not one to judge and, you know, I’m from a family and from a community with many, many members of many diverse backgrounds and I’m not going to judge someone on whether they believe that homosexuality is a choice or genetic. I’m not going to judge them.

That seems a pretty satisfactory (though obviously not ideal) answer. Seems she has kept an open mind on the subject even as her church promoted “a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.

UPDATE: Her response this week is consistent with what she said two years ago in the Alaska gubernatorial election. According to the Anchorage Daily News, Palin “said she doesn’t know if people choose to be gay.