In making his case for John McCain, Dale Carpenter notes some of the Republican’s flaws, but gets at the essence of his appeal to gay conservatives, offering that “As the practical differences on gay issues get smaller, non-gay issues grow in salience:”
You wouldn’t know it by listening to gay pundits and organizations, but McCain is the most gay-friendly Republican presidential nominee ever. That’s not just faint praise. Despite election-season pandering to the religious right, he’s not one of them and they know it. He has openly gay staffers and campaign officials. He has defended his gay colleagues in public office against attacks by religious conservatives. The convention that nominated him was free of anti-gay rhetoric. Even marriage, long a crowd-pleaser, was rarely mentioned. In fact, 49 percent of the delegates to the GOP convention supported civil unions or gay marriage. And unlike Bush in 2004, McCain’s campaign has not exploited homophobia.
The most gay-friendly Republican presidential nominee ever? And yet still we gay McCain supporters experience the worst vitriol we have seen in fifteen years.
It doesn’t seem some of these gay pundits and organizations are much interested in a Republican’s record on gay issues, they’re just focused on that annoying (R) after his name. It somehow causes them to writhe in agony and fall into paroxysms of anger.
Dale makes a great case for John McCain and shows how frequently the gay media got this good man wrong. In short, he’s good for gay Americans because he’s good for all Americans.