With "So Gay" behind us, South Carolina is again in the national spotlight — this time for a scandalous robocall in a State Senate race intended to drive conservative voters away from the Democratic candidate.
South Carolina is, of course, already well know for the nasty robocalls against John McCain in the 2000 campaign that has been single-handedly blamed for sabotaging his chances against George Bush.
This time, the calls are from the fake Alliance for the Advancement of Gays and Lesbians which praises Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell for her support of gay marriage and abortion.
Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, said she's never heard of the Alliance for the Advancement of Gays and Lesbians.
“I would say this type of gay baiting has no place in modern politics,” Carey said.
Unfortunately "modern politics" has nothing to do with South Carolina.
GOP running mate Sarah Palin spent her weekend telling the 700 Club that she would support a federal amendment to the Constitution banning gay marriage.
The Log Cabin Republicans leader Patrick Sammon (a good guy) spent a few moments today trying to defend their endorsement of Sen. John McCain.
We disagree with Gov. Palin on this issue, but we're glad that Sen. McCain agrees with us. The president sets the policy for the administration. Sen. McCain twice voted against the federal marriage amendment and continues to believe the states should decide this issue.
While we can all be comforted that "the president sets the policy," it's not the best argument considering McCain's age and history of cancer.
The fact that Mr. McCain has had no recurrence for eight years is in his favor. But cancer experts see the 10th anniversary as an important statistical benchmark, and that would not occur until 2010.
We're talking about a federal ban on gay marriage. We'd suggest Log Cabins take a page from Colin Powell and, at least for this election, abandon the party that has abandoned them.
I won't try to repeat myself, but check out my recent posts on the Press Time blog:
From an upcoming interview on the 700 Club (yes, I know, I was surprised that show's still around too):
Brody: On Constitutional marriage amendment, are, are you for something like that?
Palin: I am, in my own, state, I have voted along with the vast majority of Alaskans who had the opportunity to vote to amend our Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I wish on a federal level that that's where we would go because I don't support gay marriage. I'm not going to be out there judging individuals, sitting in a seat of judgment telling what they can and can't do, should and should not do, but I certainly can express my own opinion here and take actions that I believe would be best for traditional marriage and that's casting my votes and speaking up for traditional marriage that, that instrument that it's the foundation of our society is that strong family and that's based on that traditional definition of marriage, so I do support that.
Well, the website was down this morning and I've been too late to post.
I'll be posting stories one by one on the blog through the rest of the week, but here's a link to the table of contents.
And, because it's too cute, here's Mandy Steckelberg's "I Love the Gays."