I don’t normally agree with Dan Savage and thought, when I first read the title of his recent post, A President’s Brave—And Meaningful—Ambassadorial Appointment, he was going to be sing hosannas to the incumbent Democrat for appointing an openly gay ambassador to New Zealand and ignoring his Republican predecessor’s appointment of an openly gay ambassador to Romania. Teaches me not to make assumptions about left-wing bloggers. (Well, at least I waited to read the post before commenting on it. 🙂 )
Instead, Savage praised W for that appointment while singling out the Gipper for the “audacity” of appointing Edward Perkins, a black man, as ambassador to apartheid-era South Africa.
Indeed, calling that New Zealand appointment “a symbolic sop to disgruntled Democratic interest group, Savage wishes “Obama had Reagan’s balls”:
If Obama wants to show the same boldness and guts that Reagan did—if he wants to make a point about American values—he should appoint an openly gay man as ambassador to Russia, where anti-gay violence is tolerated/encouraged by the state. Or Saudia Arabia, where gay men are publicly executed. Or Iraq, where death squads hunt gay men.
I couldn’t agree more.
It does seem that some left-of-center bloggers are anything but lickspittles for the incumbent Democratic Administration. Kudos to them for standing up for their principles and speaking truth to power.