Remember the uproar from our friends on the left when Ann Coulter called Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards a “faggot?”
Well, Pam Spaulding of Pandagon was displeased with what she called Tucker Carlson’s “questioning” of Barack Hussein Obama’s masculinity. Miss Spaulding, somewhat, and some of the commenters moreso, spent their time claiming that such a statement by Mr Carlson was a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
- I guess if you have Freepers continually questioning Tuckerâ€™s masculinity and sexual orientation (the FR post with the above picture elicited a ton of gaybaiting), itâ€™s no surprise that thereâ€™s a lot of projection going on in Mr. Carlsonâ€™s world.
There was considerable commentary about Mr Carlson’s bow tie!
Miss Spaulding had been critical of the Edwards and Clinton campaigns’ responses to Miss Coulter’s remark, saying that it hadn’t been aggressive enough, saying:
This incident should have presented an easy opportunity for the DNC and all of the Democratic presidential candidates to not just condemn Coulterâ€™s comments, but to ask aloud why she feels compelled to use homophobic commentary to make a political point and how it directly affects gays and lesbians in the real world.”>This incident should have presented an easy opportunity for the DNC and all of the Democratic presidential candidates to not just condemn Coulterâ€™s comments, but to ask aloud why she feels compelled to use homophobic commentary to make a political point and how it directly affects gays and lesbians in the real world.
- I canâ€™t even begin to address the fact that the Edwards campaign used this as an e-fundraising tactic right out of the box. It cheapens the message beyond all reason. This required a separate response not tied to an ATM request.
Well, I waited a couple of days before responding to the article about Mr Carlson “questioning” Mr Obama’s masculinity. Why? I wanted to see if either Miss Spaulding or any of the liberal commenters on Pandagon would mention the attempts by some to claim that Republican maybe-candidate Fred Thompson is homosexual.
The link is to Wonkette, who specifically “states” what she believed Andrew Sullivan implied:
- Translated: COUGH COUGH GAY COUGH COUGH FRED THOMPSON IS GAY GAY GAY COUGH COUGH
So, is it fair tactics to try and question a candidate’s sexuality — or is it only a fair tactic when the candidate is a Republican? Miss Spaulding (who is an “out” lesbian) has a finely-tuned ear for anything she sees as even remotely homophobic, yet, somehow, I failed to see anything from her (or anyone else) on Pandagon condemning the efforts of some people to claim that Fred Thompson is homosexual. Did I just miss it?
Well, I used Pandagon’s site search for “Thompson” and “gay,” just to check, and I got this return, again by Miss Spaulding:
- Gay ex-aide to homophobe Santorum signs up with Fred Thompson
Published by Pam Spaulding July 4th, 2007
[UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan, apparently knows something about Fred Thompsonâ€™s carnal history that should make the Freepi go nuts: â€œOutside the extremist, activist base, regular GOP voters turn out to be relatively tolerant when it comes to sexual minorities and private sex lives. Theyâ€™re not well represented by their party leaders, as far as policy is concerned. This is good news for Fred Thompson. The man has had a colorful and wide-ranging sex life, as Iâ€™m sure we will soon find out.â€ Tell us moreâ€¦hahahaha.]
Robert Traynham, the former communications director to ousted Pennsylvania Senator Rick (Man-on-Dog) Santorum has found a new anti-gay professional home. Heâ€™s joined the campaign of undeclared GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson as a senior advisor.
Traynhamâ€™s professional closet door was kicked open by BlogActive a while back â€” and Mike Rogers honored him with his Roy Cohn Award. Little Ricky blew up with faux outrage and had this to say about his staffer, who was socially out, but itâ€™s clear Santorumâ€™s constituents probably had no clue he was tight with his gay communications director.
â€œRobert Traynham â€¦ is widely respected and admired on Capitol Hill, both among the press corps and among the congressional staff, as a communications professional. Not only is Mr. Traynham an exemplary staffer, but he is also a trusted friend confidente to me and my family. Mr. Traynham is a valued member of my staff and I regret that this effort on behalf of people who oppose me has made him a target of bigotry in their eyes.
â€œIt is entirely unacceptable that my staffsâ€™ personal lives are considered fair game by partisans looking for arguments to bolster my opponentâ€™s campaign. Mr. Traynham continues to have my full support and confidence as well as my prayers as he navigates this rude and mean spirited invasion of his personal life.â€
Itâ€™s nice that he was so concerned about Traynhamâ€™s privacy while at the same time Ricky worked to legislate against citizensâ€™ private behavior.
Not sure when Miss Spaulding’s update appeared, but there’s certainly no complaint therein that Mr Sullivan was implying that Mr Thompson is honmosexual. It was rather amusing that an article which excoriated a homosexual man for signing on with Mr Thompson, due to what Miss Spaulding claimed was Mr Thompson’s voting record generated this comment from someone styling himself libhomo:
One also should keep in mind that Thompson, along with the rest of the GOP is viciously racist.
Robert Traynham, a graduate of Cheyney University, is black.
I’m trying to find some evidence that our friends on the left see trying to claim that a politician is homosexual or, in Senator Obama’s case, “not masculine,” is wrong regardless of the politician’s political party; thus far, I’ve been unsuccessful.