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Michele Bachmann goes quiet on homosexuality

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Brian Montopoli
Campaign 2012
Iowa poll: Bachmann, Romney lead GOP race
On CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, host Bob Schieffer asked GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann if she believes homosexuality is a choice. Bachmann did not answer the question.
“You know, I firmly believe that people need to make their own decisions about that,” she said. “But I am running for the presidency of the United States. I am not running to be anyone’s judge. And that’s where I’m coming from in this race.”
In the same interview, Bachmann dodged two questions about whether she saw same-sex marriage as a litmus test in nominating judges. Declining to directly answer the question, she said only that “My primary test will be the Constitution.”
A social conservative with a long record of strongly opposing gay marriage – she proposed a constitutional amendment to ban it while in the Minnesota statehouse – Bachmann, whose stepsister is gay, reportedly cast gay people as having “a very sad life” in a 2004 speech. 
According to the Daily Beast, Bachmann added that “to say that this is gay” is “part of Satan.”
Yet Bachmann has been relatively quiet on gay rights issues during her presidential flirtation and subsequent run; the issues page on her website only includes a glancing reference to her desire to “strengthen the family and defend marriage,” and she stumbled when asked about a federal ban on same-sex marriage during her GOP presidential debate debut. 
Bachmann first said she “believe[s] in self-determination for the states” before eventually clarifying that she supports a federal constitutional amendment. It was not the sort of red meat comment that those who had long followed her career might have expected. 
Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, runs a state– and federally-subsidized “Christian counseling” clinic that some say works to help people turn from gay to straight; Marcus Bachmann denies that allegation, saying that “if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don’t have a problem with that.”
But Marcus Bachmann appears to be on record comparing homosexuals to “barbarians” who “need to be educated,” according to the recording at left. Speaking on a radio talk show last summer, according to the video, Bachmann added that “they need to be disciplined.”
“Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road,” the recording continues. “That’s what is called the sinful nature. And we have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps. And let’s face it: what is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to actually encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it’s small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.” 
Marcus Bachmann’s apparent objection to what he sees as public schools’ encouragement of homosexuality seems to fit with the Daily Beast’s report that Michele Bachmann, who homeschooled her children before sending them to private Christian schools, came to see the public schools as corrupted by “politically correct attitudes, values, and beliefs.”
We reached out to Bachmann’s campaign three times on Thursday to ask if the candidate shares her husband’s beliefs on homosexuality; her spokesperson did not provide an answer.

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Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend’s July 4th parades. A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids intoRepublicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.

“Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party,” said the report from Harvard. [See political cartoons about the 2012 GOP field.]
“The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century. Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats. According to this interpretation, there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican party. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans,” write Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam. [Enjoy political cartoons about President Obama.]
Their findings also suggest that Democrats gain nothing from July 4th parades, likely a shocking result for all the Democratic politicians who march in them. [Check out editorial cartoons about the Democrats.]
“There is no evidence of an increased likelihood of identifying as a Democrat, indicating that Fourth of July shifts preferences to the right rather than increasing political polarization,” the two wrote.
The three key findings of those attending July 4th celebrations:
  • When done before the age of 18, it increases the likelihood of a youth identifying as a Republican by at least 2 percent.
  • It raises the likelihood that parade watchers will vote for a Republican candidate by 4 percent.
  • It boosts the likelihood a reveler will vote by about 1 percent and increases the chances they’ll make a political contribution by 3 percent.
What’s more, the impact isn’t fleeting. “Surprisingly, the estimates show that the impact on political preferences is permanent, with no evidence of the effects depreciating as individuals become older,”said the Harvard report.
Finally, the report suggests that if people are looking for a super-patriotic July 4th, though should head to Republican towns. “Republican adults celebrate Fourth of July more intensively in the first place.”

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Obama’s latest campaign strategy to keep the gay vote.  This program began in 2008 but they seem to be only just now ending it.  I guess they were afraid to do it too early lest it become a campaign issue.

FBI INVITES VIRULENT WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH TO ASSIST IN COUNTERTERRORISM TRAINING PROGRAM

The Westboro Baptist Church (which is not part of any legitimate Christian denomination) has made headlines the world round for its protests at U.S. military funerals, hatred of homosexuals, support of dangerous foreign regimes and the like.
And now, NPR reports that the FBI invited the group, which prides itself on crafting protest signs that read “God Hates the USA” and “Pray for More Dead Soldiers,” to assist in a counterterrorism training program…on a U.S. military base.
This spring, bureau officials invited leaders of the radical group to Quantico Marine base in Virginia. NPR has more:
…after four sessions this spring, the FBI canceled the arrangement amid criticism from inside the bureau, while church leaders claimed that they had been misled…
The FBI first invited the church group to address the FBI’s law enforcement training classes back in 2008. And initially, there were no apparent problems. But the most recent sessions, including three at Quantico and one in Manassass, Va., stirred up controversy.
According to Timothy Phelps, church leader Fred Phelps’ youngest son, he spoke to local law enforcement officials at the FBI Academy at Quantico and later to agents in Manassas. Phelps says that the program was intended to assist agents in maintaining composure and balance when chatting with suspects with whom they vehemently disagree.
In the most recent sessions, which each contained about 50 individuals, tensions were high.According to NPR:
Phelps said the sessions were contentious. “Some of the students in the class take the gloves off and basically push the envelope about, ‘what will happen when the day comes that your so-called leader tells you to use violence,’ ” Phelps said. “Our leader won’t tell us to do anything except what is written in scripture. We don’t have a leader like what they want to believe we have. … We have a preacher.”
There seemed to be a disconnect between Phelps‘ definition of the intended purpose of the classes and the FBI’s. Law enforcement officials who attended the classes claimed that they were focused upon helping agents better understand domestic terrorists and extremists. Phelps, though, claims that the FBI lied to him and that he had no idea that he was part of a domestic terror curriculum.
Regardless of these technicalities, there is painful irony in the fact that, considering their anti-Americanism and anti-military sentiment, Westboro leaders were invited to speak at a military base. As NPR notes, these classes occurred at the same time that Westboro was engaged in a Supreme Court battle (which the group inevitably won) with the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew. If you’ll recall, the group staged a protest at the fallen hero’s funeral.
Following internal questions at the FBI, a memo has gone out telling staff not to invite Westboro congregants back to speak. The official who originally asked the group to participate claims that he saw the “church’s” leaders as a viable resource for training agents in counterterrorism approaches.
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Hilariously the Obamanoid’s have censored Time editor Mark Halperin this morning from government-funded MSNBC for saying President Zero behaved like a dick in his press conference yesterday.  This pussy has already apologized (though he may be less of a pussy than the other sad sacks at NBC.)

That’s funny because, just yesterday morning I was in the steam room at Mint (a yuppie gym) at 16th and K Streets NW, two blocks north of the White House.  Two perfectly nice heterosexual (wedding rings) guys were in the steam room with me, and though there was nothing wrong with them, they didn’t supply a visual tableau that would have kept me there.  And then they started talking about Obama.
It turns out they were Obamanoid pro-regressive think tank wonks.  One happened to mention he was on a panel on nuclear weapons at noon at the New American Foundation, so I was able to google him and see a picture on his website and know that he is on the staff of the “liberal” Ploughshares Foundation.  I am sure I could also figure out who the other one was if I wanted to do so.  But what was interesting was their conversation:
“What do you think about all the stuff Obama is doing?  I mean, I could put up with it if it was for a greater good…”
“Me too, but…”
“But I can’t agree to all this just to keep him in office 4 more years.”
“Especially the criminalizing of leaks.  I mean, what are we going to do when it is President Jeb Bush and all leaking has already been criminalized?”

Obama administration presses to stop leaks

June 20, 2011 by Dick Rogers  
Filed under 1st Amendment News
The Obama Administration is unrelenting in its campaign against leaks of classified information, despite its failure to uphold its case against a former National Security Agency official who allegedly fed secrets to the Baltimore Sun.
Now, the New York Times says, the government is pursuing an arms expert who provided information to Fox News.
The administration has prosecuted five criminal cases, compared to a total of three under all previous administrations, the Times said.
A secrecy expert at the Federation of American Scientists accuses the government of “leaping to the most extreme response, felony charges” instead of exploring its many other options.”

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As Richard Grennel pointed out to me, Politico.com reporter Julie Mason’s list of “Obama’s accomplishments” on gay rights is false, just partisan puffery. Obama did not extend benefits to partners of government employees. But then, Politico is a publication whose editors go on TV and assert that futures market prices have no affect on current commodity prices (like petroleum), because no one there knows any economics.

It’s a conundrum for the pro-regressive Obamanoids. On the one hand metrosexual cheerleaders like Michael Beschloss say Obama is a genius with an off-the-charts IQ (his college and law school transcripts hidden simply out of modesty) and a Constitutional Law Scholar (throw a dart and hit any Demwit pig to hear one squeal that). On the other hand he was too stupid to realize that when he signed an Executive Order giving spouses of gay federal workers benies, DOMA would prevent it (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/politics/gay-spouses-and-government-benefits/2011/03/22/ABM8sBFB_story.html). More empty promises while he reaches for the gay wallet.  (Also:  Condi Rice had already extended many benefits for spouses of gay State Department employees 8 years previously.)

from RichardGrenell.com:

dan savage at white house pride reception: obama won’t support marriage before ’12 election, im not furious

Below is the official White House Press Pool Report from President Obama’s Pride reception at the White House.
In it you will see that Dan Savage thinks supporting gay marriage is being “out on the furthest limb” for Obama so he isn’t furious with him for his position. Savage also predicts that Obama won’t ”evolve” on gay marriage until February, 2013 – after the next presidential election. You will also see that union spokesman Gregory King thinks gays aren’t prioritizing marriage so Obama doesn’t need to either. With supporters like these it’s no wonder Obama doesn’t feel pressure from the gay community.
From: Julie Mason
To: Finkenbinder, Benjamin N.
Cc: Hughes, Caroline E.
Sent: Wed Jun 29 18:43:29 2011
Subject: Pool Report #1 pride reception
No, he didn’t endorse gay marriage.
The East Room contained: a few hundred attendees, a full bar, a couple of small, round tables covered in shimmery purple cloth piled high with canapes and desserts: puff pastries, baby lamb chops, mini cupcakes, slices of cake and more. The centerpieces were oversized bouquets of roses in pink, orange, red and purple. A band played light jazz and R&B.
The crowd was mostly white and the men significantly outnumbered the women. Dan Savage was there — quotes from him after Obama.
Obama entered the room at 6 p.m. to huge cheers. Facing north, he assured the crowd that “Nothing ruins a party like a long speech from a politician” and promised to go short. He talked about his accomplishments so far — hospital visits, DADT, DOMA, etc.
He said he understands the frustration many in the gay community feel about the pace of accomplishments — “I know I can count on you to let me know,” he said. “This is not a shy group.”
The crowd interrupted him a few times with spontaneous cheers and applause — when he mentioned “spouses” (without endorsing the concept) and more. Check the transcript. He spoke for about nine minutes.
Dan Savage, a columnist, author and gay activist was there with his husband (they married in Canada), Terry Miller. Dan was wearing a black and white plaid shirt with a small button that said, “evolve already.” Terry wore a white shirt with a hot pink bow tie.
“I believe the president should evolve,” Savage said. “He says he’s evolving, I believe him.” He added, “I want to hurry him along.”
Savage, a strong proponent for gay marriage, said his presence at the White House should not be construed as a surrender on the issue. “We can scream and yell and be dicks and wear buttons” and still eat Obama’s cupcakes and drink his champagne, Savage said.
He predicted Obama’s evolution on gay marriage would be complete in February, 2013. Savage called Obama’s politics “the art of the possible.”
“We need to keep the pressure on and take ‘yes’ for an answer,” Savage said.
“I’m not one of the gay activists furious at the president because he’s not out on the furthest limb” on gay marriage, Savage said.
Also in the room and willing to make eye contact with the pool: Gregory King, a spokesman for AFSCME and a former spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign Fund.
King said, “I think Obama has done more for the LGBT community than any president in history.”
“He’s been effective at bringing change and ending discrimination,” King said.
Regarding gay marriage, “I know many couples who wouldn’t place that at the top of the agenda,” King said.
Julie Mason
POLITICO

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Obamam (n.) – a trick who doesn’t put out, and who isn’t even good dinner conversation, but who keeps asking to borrow money.  “It was like slam-bam-Obamam.”

Of course, some ditzy queens like a bad date, and will roll over on their backs and throw their legs in the air for free booze, a  party invite, or a pat on the head:

Obama defends record on gay rights

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the audience as the LGBT Pride Month event, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the White House in Washington. | AP Photo

‘I know there are going to be times where you’re still frustrated,’ Obama acknowledged. | AP PhotoClose
Amid cheers, President Barack Obama told gay and lesbian supporters Wednesday that he has delivered on his promises — but he gave them no new assurances on gay marriage and acknowledged their disappointment.
“I’ve met my commitments to the LGBT community,” Obama told a few hundred attendees at an LGBT Pride Month reception at the White House. “I know there are going to be times where you’re still frustrated with the pace of change. I understand that. I know I can count on you to let me know.”

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‘I’ve met my commitments’

Earlier Wednesday, in the same room, Obama had stood before reporters at a news conference and declined to say whether he now supports gay marriage.
He praised the vote by New York legislators last week to legalize same-sex marriage there, calling it “a good thing, because what you saw was the people of New York having a debate, talking through these issues. It was contentious, it was emotional, but ultimately, they made a decision to recognize civil marriages. And I think that’s exactly how things should work.”
Obama, a supporter of civil unions, has opposed same-sex marriage in the past but said during a news conference in December that his “feelings are constantly evolving” on the subject, adding, “I struggle with this.”
“We need to keep the pressure on and take ‘yes’ for an answer,” said Dan Savage, a prominent Seattle columnist and gay activist who attended the East Room reception with his husband, Terry Miller.
Savage wore on his shirt a small button that said “evolve already.”
“He says he’s evolving, I believe him,” Savage said. “I want to hurry him along.”
New York last week became the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage, a major victory for proponents of gay marriage that some had hoped would help persuade Obama to take a lead on the issue nationally.
Fred Sainz, vice president for communications at the Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay-rights organization, praised Obama’s record on gay issues but said he is troubled by the president’s comments about states deciding whether to legalize gay marriage.
“The problem is there are 41 states where (same-sex) marriage is illegal,” Sainz told POLITICO. “The conversation has been concluded in those 41 states.”
In those states, “that discrimination has been enshrined,” Sainz added. “So it’s incumbent on the federal government to reverse that discrimination.”
Criticism over Obama’s stance has grown more perceptible among his gay and lesbian supporters, and a defiant note has crept into the president’s remarks in the past few weeks to gay and lesbian audiences. He has emphasized all he has done and promises he has kept, which never included support for gay marriage.
On Wednesday he spoke for fewer than 10 minutes, running through his list accomplishments on gay rights — including extending benefits for the partners of federal workers, repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and dropping the federal government’s legal defense of the law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
“A lot of people said we weren’t going to be able to get “don’t ask, don’t tell” done, including a bunch of people in this room,” Obama said. “The bottom line is we got it done.”
Gregory King, a spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees who attended the reception, said gay marriage is not at the top of everyone’s agenda.
“I think Obama has done more for the LGBT community than any president in history,” King said.


[Hat tip to Richard Grennell’s blog — I’ve stopped reading Politico regularly because of the high flak-to-news ratio.]

 Richard Grennel pointed out to me, reporter Julie Mason’s list of “Obama’s accomplishments” on gay rights is false — Obama did not extend benefits to partners of government employees.  But then, Politico is a publication whose editors go on TV and assert that futures market prices have no affect on current commodity prices (like petroleum), because no one there knows any economics.

It’s a conundrum for the pro-regressive Obama felchers.  On the one hand flaks like Michael Beschloss (and is he a closet queen?  is there word on that?) say Obama is a genius with an off-the-chats IQ (his college and law school transcripts hidden simply out of modesty) and a Constitutional Law Scholar (throw a dart and hit any Demwit pig to hear one squeal that).  On the other hand he was too stupid to realize that when he signed an Executive Order giving spouses of gay federal workers benies, DOMA would prevent it (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/politics/gay-spouses-and-government-benefits/2011/03/22/ABM8sBFB_story.html).  More empty promises while he reaches for the gay wallet.

from RichardGrenell.com:

dan savage at white house pride reception: obama won’t support marriage before ’12 election, im not furious

Below is the official White House Press Pool Report from President Obama’s Pride reception at the White House.
In it you will see that Dan Savage thinks supporting gay marriage is being “out on the furthest limb” for Obama so he isn’t furious with him for his position.  Savage also predicts that Obama won’t ”evolve” on gay marriage until February, 2013 – after the next presidential election.  You will also see that union spokesman Gregory King thinks gays aren’t prioritizing marriage so Obama doesn’t need to either.  With supporters like these it’s no wonder Obama doesn’t feel pressure from the gay community.
From: Julie Mason
To: Finkenbinder, Benjamin N.
Cc: Hughes, Caroline E.
Sent: Wed Jun 29 18:43:29 2011
Subject: Pool Report #1 pride reception
No, he didn’t endorse gay marriage.
The East Room contained: a few hundred attendees, a full bar, a couple of small, round tables covered in shimmery purple cloth piled high with canapes and desserts: puff pastries, baby lamb chops, mini cupcakes, slices of cake and more. The centerpieces were oversized bouquets of roses in pink, orange, red and purple. A band played light jazz and R&B.
The crowd was mostly white and the men significantly outnumbered the women. Dan Savage was there — quotes from him after Obama.
Obama entered the room at 6 p.m. to huge cheers. Facing north, he assured the crowd that “Nothing ruins a party like a long speech from a politician” and promised to go short. He talked about his accomplishments so far — hospital visits, DADT, DOMA, etc.
He said he understands the frustration many in the gay community feel about the pace of accomplishments — “I know I can count on you to let me know,” he said. “This is not a shy group.”
The crowd interrupted him a few times with spontaneous cheers and applause — when he mentioned “spouses” (without endorsing the concept) and more.  Check the transcript. He spoke for about nine minutes.
Dan Savage, a columnist, author and gay activist was there with his husband (they married in Canada), Terry Miller. Dan was wearing a black and white plaid shirt with a small button that said, “evolve already.” Terry wore a white shirt with a hot pink bow tie.
“I believe the president should evolve,” Savage said. “He says he’s evolving, I believe him.” He added, “I want to hurry him along.”
Savage, a strong proponent for gay marriage, said his presence at the White House should not be construed as a surrender on the issue. “We can scream and yell and be dicks and wear buttons” and still eat Obama’s cupcakes and drink his champagne, Savage said.
He predicted Obama’s evolution on gay marriage would be complete in February, 2013. Savage called Obama’s politics “the art of the possible.”
“We need to keep the pressure on and take ‘yes’ for an answer,” Savage said.
“I’m not one of the gay activists furious at the president because he’s not out on the furthest limb” on gay marriage, Savage said.
Also in the room and willing to make eye contact with the pool: Gregory King, a spokesman for AFSCME and a former spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign Fund.
King said, “I think Obama has done more for the LGBT community than any president in history.”
“He’s been effective at bringing change and ending discrimination,” King said.
Regarding gay marriage, “I know many couples who wouldn’t place that at the top of the agenda,” King said.
Julie Mason
POLITICO

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When Margaret Thatcher became prime minister of the UK, feminists had a debate about whether she was or was not a feminist, or more precisely, whether her taking office was or was not a feminist victory.  Most eventually admitted that the fact of a woman taking office changed the way people looked at women and at politics, and the “power relations” between men and women, so that Thatcher’s election represented a revolution for feminism.  As feminist Zoe Williams wrote in the leftist (UK) Guardian:


“… Thatcher did leave a legacy, perhaps not on the women’s movement, but certainly – and arguably more importantly – on the practical conditions in which women live, and on our expectations. At the most basic level, the fact that a woman has occupied the most important job in the country has had an impact on the cultural landscape: in that sense alone, Thatcher expanded other women’s horizons and did much to break down bigotry about women’s work.

“You could also argue that, in an indirect and unintentional way, she helped broaden British notions of femininity. When the Spice Girls and their ilk lauded Thatcher for all the empowerment she rolled out, they were talking about more than the fact that she existed. They were talking about the fact that she was bellicose, uncompromising, uncaring and harsh. In the way she carried and presented herself, she might have been careful never to upset anyone’s idea of what made a woman (always the fluffy hair, never the trouser suit), but in terms of personality and, chiefly, in terms of policy, she never showed any sign of ‘feminine’ compunction.”


Most of us know that prejudice against gays and lesbians has some of its roots in prejudices against women and anxiety about any changes in, or boundary crossings of, traditional gender roles.  Little boys are attacked for being too feminine, little girls for being too masculine, on playgrounds across America, and as soon as kids have a glimmer of sexual awareness, the “gender atypical” kid is attacked for being a queer.


We all know that there are very feminine girly lesbian women and girls and very masculine athletic gay men and boys.  But studies of brain structures and testosterone levels and many other physical characteristics do suggest that gays and lesbians usually have some characteristics intermediate between those of most women and most men.


So having a woman candidate, almost whatever her views, run for or be elected to an office women have never held, is itself a revolutionary social change that makes things better for lesbians and gays.  And so I think Michele Bachmann’s surprising tie with the better funded Mitt Romney in the GOP polls is a good thing for gays and lesbians.

I don’t think it actually matters that it is difficult to parse Michele Bachmann’s (Michele Bachmann JD’s) statements on gay marriage, state’s rights, and federal authority.  I don’t think it matters if Hillary Clinton would have done a better job at delivering on gay issues than either Michele Bachmann or President Obama (as opposed to continuing to milk the gay donor cash cow with promises and delays and half-measures).  And for the purposes of this discussion, I don’t think it matters that the debt tsunami and hyper-inflation and social upheaval coming at all of us, gay and straight, are much more important issues than gay rights (and that Bachmann is probably better on these issues than many other candidates including President Obama).
Nor am I endorsing Bachmann (or Palin, whose politicking has clearly helped sweep many women into office, from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem), as my own preferences lean more to libertarian former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, or Congressman Ron Paul, or the “undiscovered candidate,” gay Californian Fred Karger.
But I think intellectual honesty, almost an unknown substance inside the Beltway and during Presidential campaigns, requires that we admit the salutary gender politics of Michele Bachmann.  The state-controlled media will of course do their usual job of gatekeeping, lest the tax serfs get too uppity.  They have already spent a week on Bachmann’s mistake of saying John Wayne was born in her childhood hometown of Waterloo, Iowa (his parents were born there, and he was born in another Iowa county — I pray Obama can stop making mistakes bigger than that!)  “Daily Show” co-creator Liz Winstead has already started twitter hashtags intended to belittle Bachmann (the floundering Winstead wants some of that Tina Fey money!) but that in actuality betray Winstead’s fixation with Bachmann’s superior influence, looks, and hair.

I know the gay political class won’t be capable of rising to that level of civility — they will repeat such shameful 2008 episodes as Sandra Bernhard’s telling rape jokes (what fantasies Sandra has!) about Sarah Palin a few blocks from my home at DC’s Jewish Community Center (Bernhard later apologized) (well documented in the upcoming documentary on Sarah Palin, “The Undefeated,” which I was lucky to see a rough cut of a few weeks ago).  But it’s well past time for gays and lesbians to have their own lavender herbal tea party and overthrow those who have been claiming to be their leaders.

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