Monday, November 03, 2008

The "Gay-baiting" of Mitch McConnell

James Kirchick gets himself all into a lather over supposed horrible "gay-baiting" of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell by Democrats. He's talking about a radio ad and a flier -- which is, actually, pretty hilarious -- that question why McConnell was discharged from the military. Yes, the people pushing it are no doubt trying to appeal to homophobia in many voters. But they are also appealing to my -- and presumably many Kentucky voters' -- desire not to have a hypocrite and liar in office. And that's not a bad thing. Sorry, but I have little sympathy for the antigay McConnell, and certainly people should know if indeed he is some tormented closet case.

Since McConnnell is a senator who has voted antigay over and over again, it's certainly relevant to ask the question if things just don't add up, and there's nothing wrong with implying someone is gay or asking the question, is there? And if McConnell is not, and there is some other truth to his discharge, why not just state it?

And isn't Kirchick giving this whole issue more attention by circulating the flier on The New Republic site and around the web? Kirchick has done more to bring this issue forth than anyone else. Thanks James!