If Andrew Sullivan were not so obsessed with Sarah Palin and actually took the time to understand gay people outside the left-wing circles he now frequents, he might have something intelligent to say about why gays were the only demographic where McCain did significantly better than did George W. Bush four years ago.
Take a moment to think about it; the answer is easy.Â Gay people, like all Americans, vote on a great variety of issues, not just items of particular concern to our demographic.Â That McCain did not the same ties to social conservatives as did W reassured gay voters.Â Not just that.Â McCain had not only opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004, he actually spoken out against it.Â No serious commentator could even claim he was using us as a wedge issue.
Had it not been for the market meltdown and McCain’s failure to articulate an economic message, the Republican would have surely garnered 30 if not 35% of the gay vote.
You’ll notice this post is considerably shorter than my average posts.Â That’s because there’s really not much to say.Â Basically, John McCain did better among gay Americans because, unlike George W. Bush in 2004, he did not give us a reason to vote against him.
Of course, I’d like to think that our posts and my essays in the Washington Blade and on gaywired.com made a difference, in no small part because I reminded them how this year’s Repubilcan nominee actually reached out to gays within his party.Â