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Harold Ford, Jr. Can’t Pass Muster with Gay PC Thought Police

Back in the mid-1990s when I worked on Capitol Hill, I found that certain Congressman stood out because of the manner in which they treated staffers.  Some seemed to turn away if it looked like you were about to talk to them.  Others would respond courteously to your greetings, but in a regal manner, as if that were the response owed to polite peons.

And then, there were the just plain decent ones.  And they didn’t divide themselves along partisan lines.  Phil Crane may have been haughty (would later lose his seat), but Eleanor Holmes Norton was amicable, often chatting with staffers in the elevator and thanking those who waited for her to exit before doing so themselves.

Two members, however, stood out for their decency, then-Reps. Joe Scarborough (now of MSNBC) and Harold Ford, Jr., the former a Republican, the latter a Democrat.  I believe their offices were right next to each other.  Each had a great smile and a pleasant manner.  Perhaps, it’s because of Ford’s friendly manner that I’ve been cheering him on as he contemplates challenging New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in their state’s Democratic primary.

But, alas, as I learned in a post linked by Glenn Reynolds, that good man has attracted the animus of New York’s “Angry Gays.”  And we know they’re not easily placated.  ”Their beef seems to knows no bounds: Ford’s dismal anti-gay voting record back in Tennessee.”  Yet, the post provides no details of said voting record.  Still, gay activists in the Empire State have been quick to condemn this young man, with their “rapid-fire” response to his talk of challenging Gilibrand confirming “the potency of their furor — and newfound commitment to taking on politicians deemed enemies of the gay state.”

Enemies of the gay state?  Huh?  Sounds like the attitude of defenders of Communist regimes.

Guess it’s not enough for the gay thought police if someone changes his mind on gay marriage (as Ford has done, now supporting it).  There is no placating some gay activists who demand complete subservience to a set ideology, including adherence to the social justice code of the “progressive” elites.

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  1. I share your appreciation of legislators who are friendly to their staffs, and hate the thought of legislators who are good on their votiong records but bad to their staffs, and perhaps still “invaluable” because of the record. Those “angry gays” may still have to make their case on the bad voting record, and maybe I can email them this post. But I ask, do you think that friendliness to the staff necessarilly correlates with voting reliably – not just a candidate promise – on issues of gay rights?

    Comment by Harry834 — January 23, 2010 @ 6:16 pm - January 23, 2010

  2. I’d also ask, don’t we all want candidates to have the views we share, or close to? How would you feel about a candidate who was otherwise good, but believed in raising taxes?

    Comment by Harry834 — January 23, 2010 @ 6:19 pm - January 23, 2010

  3. Harry, good questions. Friendliness to staff is more a sign of their quality as a human being than their qualifications as legislators. I have heard that Dianne Feinstein, for example, is a good person, respectful of her critics, but have yet to vote for her, even though se has appeared on the ballot twice since I moved to CA.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — January 23, 2010 @ 6:35 pm - January 23, 2010

  4. I’m going to email Empire Pride and hunt a bit online for that viting record. I’m on the case…

    Comment by Harry834 — January 23, 2010 @ 6:49 pm - January 23, 2010

  5. than I’m going to learn how to spell “viting”…

    Comment by Harry834 — January 23, 2010 @ 6:50 pm - January 23, 2010

  6. looks like you spelled ‘viting’ correctly’ ;-)

    Please let us know what you find.

    Comment by The_Livewire — January 23, 2010 @ 7:59 pm - January 23, 2010

  7. Gillibrand isn’t much of a supporter of gay issues herself…

    Comment by Mitchell Blatt — January 24, 2010 @ 12:43 pm - January 24, 2010

  8. “Enemies of the state”? The Gay Rights movement has always used the language of Communism. In the early to mid 1970s, they called their movement “Gay Liberation” or “Gay Lib” for short, which was a nod to the National Liberation Front (Vietcong). In the 1980s, it was fashionable among the Gay Rights crowd to call things either “politically correct” or “politically incorrect.” That terminology came directly out of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution in Communist China. “Enemy of the people” is a phrase from the Soviet Union.

    Comment by Conservative Guy — January 24, 2010 @ 9:20 pm - January 24, 2010

  9. They won’t like his record on gun rights much up there either.

    Comment by Kevin — January 24, 2010 @ 11:55 pm - January 24, 2010

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