Friday, April 15, 2005

Gay Republicans?

"Did Clinton play the gay card?"


Clinton's attack on Finkelstein occurred Monday at a Harlem press conference to announce his initiative to deliver AIDS drugs to children in Africa. Clinton was asked what he made of Finkelstein's plan to launch a multimillion-dollar, Swift Boat-style ad campaign to derail Hillary Clinton's 2006 Senate reelection campaign, and stop her likely run for the White House in 2008. Clinton answered by referring to another bit of recent Finkelstein news -- reports that Finkelstein, who is gay, had legally married his partner.

"I was sad," Clinton told reporters. "I mean, there were two stories. One is that he went to Massachusetts and married his longtime male partner, and then he comes back here and announces this [anti-Hillary campaign]. I thought one of two things: Either this guy believes his party is not serious and is totally Machiavellian in its position [on gay rights], or you know, as David Brock said in his great book 'Blinded by the Right,' there's some sort of self-loathing or something. I was more sad for him."

Still, Clinton's comments -- especially his claim to feel "sad" for the "self-loathing" Finkelstein -- were not meant to be philosophical. Clearly, they were personal.

"You can't call someone 'self-loathing' and not have it be an out-of-bounds personal attack," says Kieran Mahoney, a consultant who has worked closely with Finkelstein in New York state politics. "How he can do that and masquerade as tolerant is beyond belief." Clinton, of all people, Mahoney points out, ought to be careful about comparing what someone does on the public stage to what he does in his bedroom (or, as it happens, the bathroom outside his Oval Office). "I think this guy, for the sake of political expediency, would cast aside any belief he's got in a heartbeat. To his credit, he has absolutely no shame."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Clinton is the hero of the Democratic Party. Yes he is loved all over the country, yes you are a fool for even thinking your comments will have an effect on his popularity, and yes he was our first black president. Do you people just attack anybody? Ever heard of credibility?

2:06 PM  
Blogger Gretchen Weiner said...

I'm gonna have to go with Clinton on this. It's just like Biggie C said--either he doesn't think his party's serious, or he's got some major issues. Does he want to be the next Roy Cohn or something?

Irregardless, Mazel Tov on your happy day, Fink!

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank god someone actually said something reasonable on this blog. if you're going to attack a man like clinton, krayon, you will lose credibility in a heartbeat. just think before you write in the future. hope you're not a democrat.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous dgj said...

i think you anonymous folk missed it. though the formatting ain't so clear, Krayon was just quoting the article, not providing commentary

though i gotta wonder, whats the point of copying something from another blog on to yours without any of your own thoughts -- thats weak

8:56 PM  
Anonymous krayon said...

Yes it was copied from an online news source. "Weak" it may be but, hey, it's finals week. Go read the article. It's worth a few minutes.

I would have posted just a link but most people don't have memberships.

9:00 PM  

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