Democratic Excuse: Blame the Gays!
If this election goes as poorly for the Democrats as everyone says it's going to you can lay odds that there is one population that will be blamed for the defeat: the GAYS.
Yep, that's right. The gays are gonna screw this up for everyone -- again.
The target on the gays was drawn this weekend courtesy of the Associated Press, in the article: Gay voters angry at Democrats could sway election
Doesn't the title alone cause PTSD?
Gays angry! Gays will destroy election! Democrats will be crushed by gays!!
What a load of horseshit.
The truly galling part about this broke-ass scare tactic is that it's old -- real old. And it's pathetic.
On Monday, the AP story was picked up on a plethora of gay blogs including Pam's House Blend, Towleroad, SLOG, and Joe My God. Some of the writers expressed concern that gays are going to stay home on Election Day based on what the AP was reporting. Some aren't surprised. Some just present the piece with no spin (AMERICAblogGay).
Hasn't anyone noticed the angry gays before this week? Funny, it feels like we've been angry for a year now ... or has it been 18 months? The problem with this article is that manages to make gays seem both powerful and powerless at the same time.
We have the capacity to throw the whole election for Democrats yet the people quoted in the article are exasperated with the seemingly slight amount of leverage we have over the party that seeks our allegiance. Which is it -- are we powerful or not?
This kind of reporting -- and reacting -- is very reminiscent of the 2004 election when George Bush beat John Kerry. There were also nearly a dozen states that passed amendments banning same-sex marriage that year. The Democratic Party didn't have much to say much about those amendments during the campaign but when the election was over it was clear to The Party that the election was lost because of the gays.
Dianne Feinstein stood on her front lawn in San Francisco the day after the election in 2004 and told reporters, "the whole issue [gay marriage] has been too much, too fast and too soon." In one statement she absolved the Kerry/Edwards campaign of responsibility for running a losing campaign and directed blame at gays for having the gall to expect equal protection and due process.
Damn angry gays. Don't they realize that the Democrats are harmed more by these state amendments than they are?
So now in 2010 when the Teabaggers are burning down the house, does the AP see the Democrats reaching for the heavy, wet "angry gays" blanket to douse the flames of discord? I'm not so sure the Democrats can get away with blaming the gays this time around.
Does anyone really think the angry gays are behind Harry Reid's troubled re-election campaign in Nevada? Is it the gays' fault that he can't compete with a lunatic like Sharon Angle?
How about in Connecticut where the dishonest Democrat Richard "Viet Nam" Blumenthal is feeling the heat from Linda "World Wresting Federation" McMahon. Would the angry gays be to blame if Blumenthal can't pin McMahon to the mat?
Not to mention the ridiculous Carl Paladino in New York or Christine O'Donnell in Delaware -- neither of whom are competing well -- but both are not gay-friendly. If either of them make an impressive showing next week can there still be a finger pointed at uppity gays?
Of the scores of seats up for grabs in the House -- which can be tied to gay ambivalence over the lack of leadership from the Obama Administration? Isn't that a stretch?
When the choices are between clowns (Tea Party types) and cowards (Democrats) it seems a bit convenient to try and lay blame for a poor turnout at the feet of the LGBT community that is jerked off during Presidential cycles and ignored immediately after the inaugural (if not during it).
It's not our fault that Obama looks confused when he talks out of both sides of his mouth on issues like the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
We aren't making him look a fool. He's doing that all by himself.
Patrick Connors is an uppity fag that suggests the Democrats stop shitting their pants if they don't like the smell.