. . . that the most gay-unfriendly Tea Partiers lost? Paladino, Buck, and Miller at the top of the list (well, Miller hasn’t technically lost yet) Angle and O’Donell? Those are the ones who made comments or had positions that don’t set well with gay people. And don’t get me wrong, I would still have voted for any of those 5 over the Democrats, but I was just sayin’.
First, dispute Miss O’Donnell’s many inadequacies as a candidate, most of her comments that don’t sit well with gay people date back to the 1990s. I think she would have lost even without having said such strange things way back when. I do have some evidence that her attitudes toward gays have shifted since then — only that changed attitude, as far as I know, did not come out in her unsuccessful campaign.
But, Eddie is onto something. In the two of the three close Senate races where the Democrat prevailed, the Republican had said things that made it seem he (or she, in the case of Sharron Angle) had not accepted the social changes of the past quarter-century.
This should be a reminder to Republican candidates readying runs to challenge some of the many Democratic Senators whose terms come up for reelection next fall.
Best to focus on economic issues, adopting a live-and-let-live attitude on social issues — as well as fiscal ones.