If a Romney aide had done this, gay bloggers would be calling for his head. And the gay organizations would be trashing the presumptive Republican nominee for his tolerance of anti-gay staffers:
In their quest to promote themselves as political tough guys, did Sen. Max Baucus and President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina just admit to both crafting one of the most homophobic ads in American history and possibly committing a crime?
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Renowned in political circles, the ad set porno music to 20-year-old footage of a video from Taylor’s cosmetics business. The video showed Taylor in a leisure suit rubbing cream into another man’s face. As the spot faded to black, it showed Taylor then seeming to reach for the man’s crotch as a voice-over said “Mike Taylor — not the way we do business in Montana.”
Thanks to the deliberate choice of music, the footage of man-on-man physical contact and the voice-over message, the ad is considered the epitome of homophobic demagoguery — a spot ostensibly about Taylor’s Department of Education loans, but really designed to raise questions about Taylor’s sexuality in a culturally conservative state.
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Now in 2012, in his eagerness to promote his pal Messina, Baucus admits that, at minimum, he and Messina knew all about the ad — indeed, Businessweek explicitly credits Messina with being the architect of the ad, citing it as proof that he “will go a long way to win.” Likewise, Baucus now admits that he wasn’t unaware of the spot — on the contrary, he explicitly told his staff he “loved it.”
Bold added. Italics in original. In a few seconds, I’ll check the web-sites of the various gay organizations to confirm what I already know; they’re ignoring this story. They won’t be asking for Messina to explain himself nor asking for an apology from Baucus.
At least Salon’s David Sirota (author of the above excerpt) has said what the supposed representatives of the gay community won’t say: “a leading Democratic U.S. senator . . . was happily cheering on homophobic demagoguery.”