Posted by: Catherine Lugg | January 9, 2012

Before the New Hampshire primary

It’s been an interesting week watching various GOP candidates get asked some pointed questions on “gay rights.” What’s been fascinating is how they’ve started to tamp down their typically virulent homophobia. Now, it’s more of a smiling suburban form of bigotry, then the snarling variety that we’ve seen over the last 30 or so years.

That said, some of of the smiles are through barely clenched teeth. Dan Savage, per usual, has a terrific take down of former Senator Santorum and his ugly hate towards queers.

However, at this point in the campaign season I’m far more concerned with Mitt Romney. Santorum is a hateful clown, but a clown. And he’s running out of cash. Romney has the deepest of pockets and will say and do anything to get elected. Once he was pro-gay rights (to get elected in Massachusetts), now he’s against equal rights for queers (no civil unions and absolutely NO marriages). Progressive bloggers have a fondness for calling Romney “mittens” (see Talking Points Memo), which hints at a almost childish desperation to be liked.

While commentators note Romney’s dis-ingenuousness, he’s got the cash and the big GOP donors have lined up behind him. I suspect it will be Obama v. Romney, and that Obama will win without breaking a sweat. While Obama’s supporters might be unhappy with where things are (count me in on that!), I find it improbable that the white, evangelical blue collar base of the GOP is going to bleed for a GOP corporate raider who happens to be Mormon. These folks aren’t about to vote for President Obama (the Kenyan Muslim socialist–SNARK!), but they’ll probably just sit this election out. By contrast, progressives might not raise money for Obama, but given the problems with Romney, Obama probably has their votes.

Stay tuned.

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Responses

  1. Hmmm… I think Romney is a snake dressed up in a camelion’s disguise. No offense to snakes, mind you. I also think he will have the support and resources to go the distance and get the nomination.


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