In a breathtaking moment for us queer folk, a question submitted by an openly gay retired brigadier general was aired by Anderson Cooper , who is rumored to be gay. The general not only challenged the "Don't ask, don't tell" military policy; he did so by turning the tables. Why, he wanted to know, did the candidates not trust the professionalism of American soldiers to work with gay men and lesbians? As it turns out, the good general was in the audience, and when Cooper gave the elderly gentleman -- who served more than 40 years in the military -- the microphone, Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr (ret.) was booed by an audience of Republicans. There's your patriotism for you. --Adele M. Stan
As Dana blogged, an African-American father and son asked the candidates how they would end the "war at home," which they named as "black-on-black" crime. This gave Mitt Romney the opportunity to display a breathtaking combination of stupidity and condescension, when he spoke of how lucky the son was to have a dad standing with him (presumably, seeing as he is black and everything). Then he said he would win the war by "giving moms and dads". (See update below.) What?! BTW, if Mitt is elected, I'd like him to send me a puppy -- 'cause the world would be a much better if all single people had puppies. UPDATE (11/29/07): What Romney actually said, according to the CNN transcript: "And it's time in this country that we go back to the kind of values that allow kid to have moms and dads." Still pretty dumb. --Adele M. Stan
A half-hour into the Republican YouTube debate, every question has dealt with paranoia over the delusion of a disintegration of American sovereignty, whether by a perceived invasion of people "with funny accents," to paraphrase Mitt Romney , or by an alleged conspiracy to create a North American Union on the order of the European Union, as Republican candidate Ron Paul has suggested . --Adele M. Stan
Hmmm...a sanctuary mansion sounds to me like a good thing...like, maybe, what Jesus was talking about when he said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." Sounds like a sanctuary mansion to me. --Adele M. Stan
Thanks to the Republican resentment machine, the 2008 presidential contest is shaping up to be a referendum on immigration, and, in an effort to differentiate themselves from one another, Democrats are buying into the story as the Republicans have framed it -- which happens to be a perfect wedge issue for cleaving apart the Democratic base. In the last two Democratic presidential debates, first Hillary Clinton, then Barack Obama were excoriated for fumbling their answers to the question of driver's licenses for undocumented workers. Yet, for Iowa's likely Democratic caucus-goers, immigration barely ranks among the top 10 issues, according to a poll by the University of Iowa , which found that only 2.4 percent of caucus-goers claimed immigration as their top issue. The tale of perils posed by immigrants to hardworking Americans is a false issue trumped up by Republicans as a terrific diversion from the woes of war and a tanking economy. It's scapegoating at its most rank. So why do...