Thursday, November 07, 2013
Extremists in GOP lead to reaction from gay libertarians
The New York Times is reporting this morning that the Republican Party wants to consider relying more on primaries and less on state conventions to pick US Senate and gubernatorial candidates, hoping to find more moderate and electable (and less abrasive) candidates. The story is by Jeremy Peters and Jonathan Martin, here. It’s important to the LGBT voter because of the reported anti-gay attitudes of Cuccunelli and particularly the lieutenant governor candidate E. W. Jackson, who compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and LGBT people to “pedophiles”.
Richard Sincere (from Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty) had written a piece about Jackson’s comments claiming that gays and lesbians have an “authorian, totalitarian spirit”, with the story about the article (to appear in a Fredericksburg paper) here. It sounds as though Jackson thinks that anyone who supports something like universal health care is “authoritarian” or communist. But the comment could have been motivated by something darker, the notion that “body fascism” seen in the attitude of some men in personal relationships (and an avoidance of complementarity) comports with an idea of wanting to see one’s own idea of virtue everywhere, a curious flip side of cultural fundamentalism.
Sincere’s reply focused on groups like GLIL, Log Cabin, and particularly Pink Pistols.
Just this week, with Christie’s big win in New Jersey, it seems as if the GOP leadership may indeed go to war with its own ideological extremes. Cruz could become a footnote. Will both parties give up the gerrymandering that tends to put ideologically extreme candidates on tickets? Even the credit rating agencies have talked about this.
Oh, don’t forget the ENDA vote that may happen in the Senate today.
Picture: Bizarre sky cloud color at dawn, as if on a Red Dwarf star planet.