Some bloggers on the gay left are trying to make much of no more than three** audience members who booed a gay soldier asking a question in last night’s debate, with one blogger saying the Audience Boos Gay Army Soldier Asking Santorum About DADT. The audience didn’t boo him. At most, three disrespectful jerks did.
But, for some on the left if there is one nutbag in a conservative crowd, said nutbag defines the crowd.
Despite his unusual answer* last night, the inconsequential presidential candidate did the right thing today. The former Pennsylvania Senator condemned those who booed the soldier:
“Yeah, well, I condemn the people who booed that gay soldier,” said Santorum. “That soldier is serving our country, I thank him for his service to our country. I’m sure he’s doing an excellent job. I hope he is safe, and I hope he returns safely, and does his mission well.
FROM THE COMMENTS: V the K is “not sure that the soldier was being booed”: “The booing got an immediate and angry reaction from nearly everyone sitting around him, who hissed and shushed at him. Lots of loud gasps, “Shhhh!” “No!” “Shut up, you idiot!” etc.” Wonder which gay lefty bloggers reported that. He also reminds us:
. . . multiple incidents of union violence, the display of socialist icons at Democratic party events, a pattern of cronies and campaign donors getting huge Government “loans” and subsidies … are all supposed to be aberrations that don’t typify the left at all.
*Unusual in that he effectively made the case for allowing gay members to serve openly while saying at the same time they should not be allowed to serve openly. (Please let me know if you’d like me to elaborate.)
UPDATE: Here’s the clip of the interview:
**Note how moderator Megyn Kelly points out that she heard only a couple audience members booing (out of an audience of 5,000). First time I watched this I thought I heard just one boo, but on repeated viewings, it seemed there may have been one if not two others echoing that rude response.
UP-UPDATE: Jim Geraghty has a most excellent post on the booing. Just read the whole thing and you’ll understand why Jim’s is one of the blogs I read regularly.
ALSO FROM THE COMMENTS: T asks a great question:
How do we know that those few that booed were conservative Republicans? Could they have been Westboro Baptists? Could they have been liberal shills trying to make the conservtive audience look bad? Every news item simply ASSUMES that they were conservatives in the audience. I’ve seen absolutely nothing that even attempts identify the source(s).