Please note I had written this piece before John has posted his, but had been holding it.
When I first heard from a gay reader that a gay blogger had posted that a gay radio host had “outing” John McCain’s Senate Chief of Staff, I wondered where the story was. Â The blogger went out great lengths to explain to us that McCain is anti-gay because, well, he didn’t support the legislation gay activists want politicians to support to demonstrate their pro-gay bona fides.
So, of course, this man, in the words of the radio host, has to be engaged in “hypocrisy.” Â Give me a break.
Hypocrisy? Â Huh? Â How? Â Oh yeah, because Republicans are by definition, anti-gay.
Well, anyway, we already know how John McCain treats friends and colleagues when they come out to him as gay. Â It doesn’t matter to him. Â He treats them he same as he did the day before he learned about their sexuality. Â If he didn’t bother him when he found out Jim Kolbe or Neil Giuliano was gay, it wasn’t going to bother him to learn his Chief of Staff was gay. Â And, heck, maybe he already knew. Â So what?
Given McCain’s professed tolerance for gay friends and colleague’s, his campaign’s contacts with Log Cabin and gay bloggers, this “outing” in a total non-story. Â No wonder the mainstream media hasn’t picked it up. Â
And if they did, it would only redound to the benefit of John McCain, providing further evidence of his absence of anti-gay animus.
The Republican presidential nominee treats gay people as individuals. Â That’s been a matter of public record at least since 2000. Â I don’t know why some activists think it’s some big scoop now to report that he trusts a gay man to run his Senate office. Â Maybe it’s their belief that this somehow will matter to Republican voters. Â Or maybe their own anti-Republican animus. Â Why else would they think people would care?
Mark Buse is assuredly a very competent administrator. Â And that’s what matters to John McCain. Â
End of story.