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.