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BREAKING: Ken Mehlman comes out (bumped)

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:55 pm - August 25, 2010.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Conservatives (Homocons)

More as it develops.

Let’s see, he’s Jewish, he’s a Republican, he’s good-looking in a nerdy kind of way.  So, my only question is, is he single?

UPDATE:  I’ve now begun to review the story surrounding his coming out.  My greatest fear for Mehlman is that he has to go through the often tortuous process of coming out in public.  All too many on the left, the gay left most of all, will give him no quarter.  They’ll lambaste him as a self-hating hypocrite, may even try to follow him around, possibly even accosting him in public.  They will not give him the space to deal with this in private and in his own way.

That said, I bet there will be a handful of voices on the left, asking their ideological confrères to leave him alone, knowing how trying the coming out process can be.  There are decent gay lefties out there and some may let their fellow feeling trump their ideological conviction.  While I hope that they dominate the debate, I doubt that they will.

One reason I oppose “outing” is that I know from experience — and not just my own — that when coming to terms with this part of ourselves, we need to do it in at our pace and in private.

UP-UPDATE:  And as he will be tarred as a self-hater, all too many will ignore what he did try to do when in the Bush Administration and at the RNC:

Privately, in off-the-record conversations with this reporter over the years, Mehlman voiced support for civil unions and told of how, in private discussions with senior Republican officials, he beat back efforts to attack same-sex marriage. He insisted, too, that President Bush “was no homophobe.” He often wondered why gay voters never formed common cause with Republican opponents of Islamic jihad, which he called “the greatest anti-gay force in the world right now.”

He’s spot on there.  In leading the War on Terror, W was taking the fight to the real enemies of gay people, those who threaten the lives of our fellows rather than those who attempt to block the state from granting us certain privileges.

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Are MSM reporting Rauf’s Radical Statements?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:54 pm - August 25, 2010.
Filed under: Media Bias

Actually, the one post I had planned for the afternoon, I had begun out on the back of an envelope as I was eating my lunch.  I have pretty much stopped following the controversy over the “Ground Zero Mosque.”  It seems every time I read a critique of the opponents of the mosque, the writers are ever eager to repeat their rote assumption that all opponents must be racist.

In the process, the reveal their own prejudices rather than (except in the eyes of their fellow travelers) succeeding in vilifying those who just wish the organizer would build it elsewhere.

So, given all the media cluck-clucking about the opponents’ supposed intolerance, is anyone aware (as per my previous post) of mainstream media reports of Imam Rauf’s radical statements?  They would seem relevant to the current debate, given that he’s heading up the multi-million dollar project.

(I would be doing some googling on this, but the Mehlman story takes precedence right now and I only have limited time to devote to blogging today)

Coulter Foe Farah goes on gay-themed radio shows to fault conservatives for reaching out to gay conservatives

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:47 pm - August 25, 2010.
Filed under: Blogging,Ex-Conservatives,GOProud

It would happen on a day I’m going through the most tedious part of dissertation writing — doing the final edits (including drafting the “Works Cited” page) of a chapter — while having to do a pile of laundry, that all this news breaks relevant to our blog.

First, the loopy editor of World Net Daily goes on a gay-themed radio shows to “blast Ann Coulter for speaking to gay conservatives“:

Farah appeared on two radio shows that are hosted by gay talk show personalities this week to blast Ann Coulter for headlining an upcoming party sponsored by GOProud, an organization that represents gay conservatives. Farah dropped Coulter from a speaking engagement at WND’s annual conference in September because of her involvement with GOProud. Coulter retorted last week by calling Farah a “swine” and a “publicity whore.”

In response, Farah appeared on The Steve Yuhas Show Sunday and then gave an interview to host Michelangelo Signorile on Sirius’ gay themed channel, “OutQ” the next day. Farah told Signorile that he was fed up with the conservative movement, and criticized conservatives for embracing members of the gay community who share beliefs on issues like taxes, health care and the role of government.

That’s a doozy, talking to gay talk show hosts to chastise Coulter for talking to gay conservatives — while faulting the conservative movement for reaching out to their gay confrères.

The supposed right-wing publisher told the left-wing talk show host that since conservatism is always losing ground, “That’s why I don’t consider myself a conservative.”

And this also got me wondering:  Signorile has this loony-tune right-winger on his show, but does he ever invite gay conservatives on?  I mean, don’t you think he’d want to get the gay conservative perspective on this issue instead of trotting out a right-winger who’s a little extreme for most mainstream conservatives?

Does Opposing These Candidates Make You a Racist?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:41 pm - August 25, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

Ryan Frazier – Colorado, US House

Marco Rubio – Florida, US Senate

Allen West – Florida, US House

Brian Sandoval – Nevada, Governor

Susana Martinez – New Mexico. Governor

Lou Huddleston – North Carolina, US House

Jon Barela – New Mexico, US House

Niki Haley – South Carolina, Governor

Tim Scott – South Carolina, U.S. House

Jaime Herrera – Washington, US House

So, what do all these folks have in common, well, they’re Republicans.  And they all suffer from an absence of pallor.

(H/t:  Reader V the K)

Lead Senate sponsor of Obamacare says he didn’t read bill, calling it a waste of time

Somehow I think this would be getting more news if Max Baucus were a Republican.  During “a constituents meeting in the small Montana town of Libby, as reported by the Flathead Beacon, a local newspaper”, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus was asked by a constituent, Judy Matott if he had “read the health care bill before it was passed and if not, that is the most despicable, irresponsible thing.

“I don’t think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the health care bill. You know why? It’s statutory language,” Baucus said. “We hire experts.”

We hire experts?!?!? Experts to read the legislation that you vote on?  I thought in this nation we elected legislators to craft, draft, consider and enact legislation.

Here we’ve got a citizen of a small-town showing a better sense of an elected official’s responsibility than a 30-year veteran of the United States Senate.

Kind of gets at the real divide emerging in America.  And the arrogance of those who want to enact laws and otherwise effect policies impacting the Judy Matotts of this world.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Sonicfrog tells us that he posted on this first — and indeed he did, offering, “I for one would love to see who the ‘experts’ were that crafted this bill. Can we see that please? You know, transparency and all that?”  He’s got a point.  I mean, since they drafted the laws which will soon govern the health care system for all Americans, shouldn’t they come forward to townhall meetings like that Mr. Baucus held, take questions from citizens (who have to live under their decrees) and put themselves up for election at regular intervals?

‘Changing in Arizona” or “Costumes”

Posted by Sarjex at 11:50 am - August 25, 2010.
Filed under: cartoons

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Obamacare: Dems’ Fatal Conceit?

In the aftermath of the passage of Obamacare, the polls have not shifted in favor of the big-government program as the bill’s supporters promised they would.  We have learned how the legislation will increase the cost of individual premiums, add to the paperwork burden of small business, cause over half of employers relinquish their health care plans, force employers to cut jobs, create longer waits in emergency roomshurt the earnings of corporations and just plain increase health care costs.

No wonder Democrats aren’t running on what they billed as their signature achievement of the current Congress.  I mean, you’d think that if the “reform” they’ve been itching for for generations was such a boon for the American people, they’d make it rather than those evil, horrible, no good, very bad Republicans the theme of their fall campaigns.

As Byron York observes:

Say you’re a Democratic member of Congress. You proudly cast your vote for Obamacare, you cheered when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed it as the achievement of a generation and you scoffed at Republicans who vowed to repeal it. Now you’re running for re-election, and a voter asks: What is the most important thing you’ve done in the last two years?

The answer should be easy. In passing the national health care bill, you accomplished something your party dreamed of for decades. It was your most important vote, and now is the time to take credit for it.

Except it’s not.

No wonder, York adds, the incumbent “party is in retreat. The public’s disapproval of Obamacare hasn’t changed in the last five months” and many Democrats “admit hat Obamacare won’t cut costs or reduce deficits, they open themselves up to a more serious charge: they spent a year working on something that will actually cost jobs and make things worse.

Well, it looked good on paper.  And in the dreams of those who see government intervention as the answer to every problem.