Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
OLBERMANN: It is the standard call from the Republican playbook: if your candidate is behind or your lead is shrinking, a little gay-baiting can help push you across the finish line.
It worked for "Witchy Woman" Christine O'Donnell who baselessly gay-baited Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware.
Jan Brewer's purported "big" lead has collapsed to a three point lead, within the margin of error in the latest Rocky Mountain Poll.
Earlier this week, the pseudo-governor of Arizona, Chuck Coughlin and his High Ground lobbyist firm (Jan Brewer is just his hand puppet) Jan Brewer, Lobbyist Puppet, gay-baited Attorney General Terry Goddard.
This is a tactic that Republicans previously successfully used in a whisper campaign against Terry Goddard in his first campaign for governor against J. Fife Symington III in 1990. Republicans went back to the well one more time - even though Goddard is happily married with a family. (See Rep. Mike Castle, above. It doesn't matter to these assholes.)
According to the Arizona Guardian (subscription required) Brewer's political advisor says media should question Goddard's sexuality, "Governor" Coughlin stated:
"What's next, is he going to release his SAT scores? How about his high school GPA," Coughlin said during a telephone interview. "How about (Goddard) release the results of a lie detector test showing he never slept with a man."
The one who should be taking a lie detector test is this "Pimp for Private Prisons and Profit," Chuck Coughlin, who had his hand puppet Jan Brewer sign SB 1070 to financially benefit his private prison clients with a wave of new immigration detainees. See Pimps for Private Prisons and Profit, here Update: Pimps for Private Prisons and Profit, here Update: Pimps for Private Prisons and Profit, and here Update: Pimps for Private Prisons and Profit.
I find it ironic that Chuck Coughlin would post select pages from a police interview of an unidentifed witness related to the AzScam lobbyist scandal in 1991 to his High Ground web site. This only invites a comparison between AzScam and the biggest lobbyist scandal in Arizona today that is occurring right under the noses of our political reporters. The Office of Governor is controlled by Chuck Coughlin and his High Ground lobbyist firm, hiding behind the skirts of a figure-head politician in Jan Brewer. "Governor" Coughlin is unelected and unaccountable to the voters. This is the biggest scandal not being reported by the media.
It is not clear to me why "Governor" Coughlin would resort to gay-baiting when immigrant bashing has been working so well for him and his private prison clients. As Dave Weigel from Slate Magazine noted in his interview with Keith Olbermann:
DAVE WEIGEL: The proper and effective Brewer pander has been on immigration. I mean, when she went from being a non-entity who was going to lose her own primary to a superstar because she signed [SB] 1070, the immigration law. So I think they need to get their panders straight here, they need to get their scapegoats. This was a huge blunder by the campaign manager.
OLBERMANN: When headless torsos work, stick to headless torsos.
And while we are on the topic of GOP gay-baiting, how about that other GOP gay-baiter in the photo above, Sen. John McCain. On Wednesday, the editors of The Arizona Republic published this editorial opinion, 'Don't ask' policy won't be missed:
"You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight."
Barry Goldwater, American's iconic conservative, said it years ago. His wisdom became reality on Tuesday.
A federal judge ended the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips pulled the plug on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
The decision is both a landmark and a catchup. Americans are increasingly comfortable with differences in sexual orientation among co-workers, friends and family members. The hang-ups are going away. If you need proof, just listen to young people, who shrug off the issue.
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The United States can draw lessons from [other] countries in how to implement a new policy, including strong leadership from the top and a uniform code of behavior regardless of sexual orientation.
The Justice Department has 60 days to appeal the ruling on "don't ask, don't tell," and it may do so. President Barack Obama has made it clear that he wants Congress, not the courts, to revoke the policy.
Congress has shown a regrettable reluctance to deal with the issue. But, ultimately, Americans have already decided this question.
The editors conveniently fail to mention that it was Sen. John McCain who led the GOP filibuster against the Defense Appropriations bill because it contains a "contingent" repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), contingent upon Secretary Gates' report due on December 1. While the editors prematurely applaud the end of DADT, their boy John McCain has vowed to continue fighting repeal of DADT, regardless of the recommendations of Secretary Gates, while he panders to the homophobic social conservative base of the Arizona GOP.
If Barry Goldwater were alive today, he would give Johnny a well-deserved swift kick in his ass.