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I don’t need the government to affirm my sexuality

I found Sarah Palin’s answer to Charles Gibson’s question on homosexuality satisfactory (though not ideal) in large part because of my basic political philosophy.  I don’t think someone’s sexuality should be a matter of government concern.

I don’t need the government to affirm my sexuality.  I just expect the government to leave me alone so I can affirm it in my own way.

An Emerging Pattern with John McCain and Gays

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:00 pm - September 14, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Gay America

When i was in St. Paul, I heard former Congressman Jim Kolbe recount how John McCain reacted when the Arizona Senator learned his House colleague was gay:

It doesn’t make any difference, you’re a great legislator, you’re going to be a great legislator tomorrow.  You’re my friend, you’re going to be my friend tomorrow.

Turns out Jim Kolbe’s experience was not unique. When then-Tempe Mayor (and current president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)) Neil Giuliano publicly came out as gay, McCain reacted in a similar manner:

“John was the first to tell the religious right, ‘This doesn’t make a damned bit of difference,”’ Giuliano said, remembering how McCain went out of his way to call him a good mayor and a great friend. ”Politically in Arizona, McCain should have done just the opposite. Instead, he came right to my defense. He’s a loyal friend.”

An interesting pattern. Two cases, similar reaction. When John McCain learns a friend is gay, he says it doesn’t make any difference.  And that’s the way it should be, that our sexuality shouldn’t change the way others treat us.

John McCain treats gay people as individuals. Another reason I’m proud of my party’s presidential nominee.

75% of Alaska Democrats Approve Palin’s Job Performance

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:18 pm - September 14, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Strong Women

Welcome Instapundit Readers!!

When I read this New York Times hit piece on Sarah Palin (masterfully dissected by Jennifer Rubin), I wondered how in a state where the Governor is so popular, they could only find those critical of her Administration to talk about her job performance.

I mean, did she have approval numbers as low as those of the Pelosi-Reid Congress?

But, when I chanced upon her actual job approval numbers, they seemed the reverse of the unpopular Congress.  86% approve of her, including 75% of Alaska Democrats.  Let me repeat, 75% of the opposition party in her home state think she’s doing a swell job.  I guess the Times wants us to hear the minority viewpoint.

Why Obama Could Surge Yet Again

One of the greatest benefits of the liberal membership of my Hollywood gym is that only rarely are the television monitors tuned into FoxNews.  Nearly always, when they show a news channels, it’s CNN or MSNBC, networks I do not watch in my home.  (For the record, I rarely watch TV, except to see a friend when she has a guest appearance on a show, to tune into Fox News, or to catch a movie on TCM or program on the History Channel (when it devotes itself to history).)

Yesterday, while doing my cardio, I caught an Obama hagiography on MSNBC.  What struck me was not so much the bias of the “reporting,” but the power of the Democratic nominee’s image, compelling even when I couldn’t hear him speak (as the volume was turned off).  When they showed him speaking before an audience or plunging into a crowd of supporters to shake hands, he looked like a leader. My eyes were drawn to the candidate.

Just before bed last night, when I watched a bit of FoxNews before popping in a Hepburn DVD, I saw a bit of Obama’s performance at the ServiceNation Presidential Candidates Forum at Columbia University. This time, I heard him. Combining his charisma with his mellifluous voice, he not only looked like a leader, he sounded like one as well..

He came across as more confident than he had in recent TV appearances. He still has the potential to become a formidable opponent.

Given his and his campaign’s numerous missteps in the past two weeks, many on the right and in the media have noted panic setting in among the Democrats. Obama may be sliding in the polls, yet watching him on TV this week, I saw his potential to pull himself out of his rut. He has a powerful presence; he just needs to figure out how to use it.

While we Republicans should be happy with how well our candidates have performed in the last two weeks, their guy could still out-perform our team. So, let me repeat some advice I offered to my man McCain now nearly six months ago, “Don’t Get Cocky, John!

The Case Against Drilling Takes Another Hit

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:31 pm - September 14, 2008.
Filed under: Energy Independence

Oil prices continued their decline as “refineries along the Gulf of Mexico coast will soon resume operations after escaping major damage from Hurricane Ike.

This reminds me of something Charles Krauthammer wrote in June:

Technological conditions have changed as well. We now are able to drill with far more precision and environmental care than a quarter-century ago. We have thousands of rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, yet not even hurricanes Katrina and Rita resulted in spills of any significance.

Although there are reports of two Gulf oil rigs adrift (though “not in a critical position“) in the wake of the latest storm, there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of any significant spills.

Seems that with new technologies, we can drill off-shore without much risk to the environment.