McCain’s Secret Tolerance

September 25th, 2008at 07:00am Posted by Eli

Hm, what to make of this…

The fainting couch is needed for Scott Tucker over at BlogCabin. He’s worked up over the reporting by Michelangelo Signorile and Mike Rogers about John McCain’s professionally closeted Senate chief of staff Mark Buse and the hypocrisy it represents, given the Republican nominee’s public anti-gay position on every major issue related to LGBT rights. (BTW, Mike Signorile has audio of an interview by Lisa Keen with yet another former Buse boyfriend who has gone on the record.)

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If John McCain is personally inclusive, why can he not be so as a candidate? McCain might consider Buse a family friend and not fire him for being gay, but what about the young gay person working at a DQ with an anti-gay boss — he has no protections from getting axed if that boss learns of his employee’s orientation. It’s not inclusion when it only means the people in your inner circle.

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[W]hat are you supposed to call someone who believe in tolerance on a one-to-one basis, but campaigns in support of anti-gay state marriage amendments, the continuation of DADT (“open homosexuality within the military services presents an intolerable risk to morale, cohesion, and discipline.”), hate crimes expansion, ENDA, etc.? A professional anti-gay personal homosexualist? Is that more accurate? Or perhaps…um, a hypocrite?

Hey, remember when Kerry and Biden said that they were personally opposed to abortion because of their Catholic faith, but they didn’t believe it was appropriate to impose their personal religious beliefs on the rest of America?  Maybe it’s the same with John McCain: He just doesn’t think it’s appropriate to impose his own personal tolerance on the rest of America.  And after all, isn’t that what tolerance is really all about?

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay


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