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Weekly Standard Editor: McCain Needs To Bash Gays

Jim Burroway

July 7th, 2008

Fred Barnes, editor of The Weekly Standard was on Fox News (where else?) yesterday with some advice for McCain:

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BARNES: McCain has to run a center-right campaign. He’s paying a lot of attention to the center, and he also needs to pay attention to the right, because these are the people … (crosstalk).

BARNES: And here’s what he needs to do. He needs to touch on some of the social issues which energize the right. In particular, gays in the military for one. We know Barack Obama is for allowing gays in the military, and Bill Clinton tried to do, but backed off. This is not a popular issue. Gay marriage is another one. These are both issues that I think McCain’s going to have to use. You can’t ignore the right. If he does, he’ll lose.

McCain’s been hearing this advice a lot lately. He heard it two weeks ago when he met with several Ohio social conservatives including Mike Gonidakis, head of Ohio Right to Life, and Phil Burress, head of Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values. Burress also sits on the board of directors of Exodus International.

While meeting with Burress and others, McCain promised to be more outspoken in his opposition to same-sex marriage. Afterwards, McCain released a statement endorsing California’s proposed ban on same-sex marriages. This was just a few days after McCain reportedly met with members of the Log Cabin Republicans.

It looks like wedge politics may be roaring back. Surprised?



July 7th, 2008 | LINK

I’m thankful that these issues that “energize the right” are simply becoming less popular. While marriage equality is still too close to 50/50, allowing g/l individuals to serve in the military has significant support. They will increasingly be seen as bigoted and “un-American” (which they are).

Suricou Raven
July 8th, 2008 | LINK

I didn’t know wedge politics had left.

Samantha Davis
July 8th, 2008 | LINK

Say what you have to about McCain’s politics but at least the guy has the decency to not stoop down to the level of bashing unpopular minorities to appease the froth-mouthed hordes, even if it’s by saying nothing at all. You have to give him credit for that.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

July 8th, 2008 | LINK

Holy Crud! I think I went to college with Mike Gonidakis. If it’s the same guy, he flipped out when his roommate came to talk to me behind (my) closed doors, because he thought that it was inappropriate for the homo resident advisor to meet with residents without supervision. The residents might catch Teh Gayz.

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