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Bachmann Sidesteps Gay Issues on “Meet the Press”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:26 pm - August 14, 2011.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Gay Politics

This is interesting:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was peppered Sunday with questions about her thoughts on gay rights, but largely refused to engage them, arguing that those issues aren’t on the front of voters’ minds.

“I am running for the presidency of the United States. I’m not running to be anyone’s judge,” Bachmann said on “Meet the Press.”

The winner of the Ames straw poll this weekend faced aggressive questioning in several of her appearances on the Sunday morning talk show circuit related to her opposition to same-sex marriage and controversial past statements toward gays and lesbians.

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She’s ducked most questions about her personal opinions toward gays and lesbians, staying on message with a jobs and economy-focused message.

Do like the line about her not running to be anyone’s judge; would be nice if she could build upon that as Herman Cain has.  If she wants to win the votes of socially moderate suburbanites, in both the Republican primaries and general election, she’d going to have to balance her attitudes toward gay people with the public’s increasing social tolerance.

This sidestepping suggests she recognizes how her beliefs could detract from her economic message.  But, she has yet to embrace a live-and-let-live policy consistent with her that message.  A sidestepping step in the right direction perhaps, but not far enough.

Concealed Carry Laws Make Virginia Gay Bars Safer

Back in 2006, a teenager thug “armed with a hatchet and handgun opened fire inside a New Bedford, Mass., gay bar“. Perhaps, the carnage would have been less had patrons been able to arm themselves.

Now, patrons at gay bars in another commonwealth, that of Virginia, can have greater peace of mind when they wind down.  Gun crimes have dropped at Virginia bars and restaurants after the enactment of a “new state law that allows patrons with permits to carry concealed guns into alcohol-serving businesses”:

The number of major crimes involving firearms at bars and restaurants statewide declined 5.2 percent from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, compared with the fiscal year before the law went into effect, according to crime data compiled by Virginia State Police at the newspaper’s request.

And overall, the crimes that occurred during the law’s first year were relatively minor, and few of the incidents appeared to involve gun owners with concealed-carry permits, the analysis found.

Via Instapundit.  Laws which improve the lot of all citizens also help gay citizens.  If all citizens have another tool at their disposal to protect themselves from crime, so too do gay citizens.

Here’s hoping more gay bloggers and gay organizations will take note of the success of Virginia’s law.

Is this the key to Obama’s Success on the Hustings
and his failure in the White House?

Does this post from Glenn Reynolds sum it up?

Narcissists rise to the top because people mistake their confidence and authority for leadership qualities. “However, scientists have discovered that while narcissists are convincing leaders, they are so consumed by their own brilliance that it actually cripples their creativity and often causes them to make bad decisions.”