Barak Obama’s anti gay kerfuffle has disappointed a lot of people in the progressive blogosphere. Representative would be:
Obama’s campaign now says that McClurkin only wants to cure the unhappy gays. (The rest of us are, I guess, fine to continue trying to kill America’s children.)(…)
So David Duke’s only problem, per the Obama campaign, is that he villifies the happy Jews and the happy blacks?
Keep digging, guys. Obama keeps making clear that he hasn’t learned his lesson, he doesn’t understand what he did wrong, and he will continue to coddle those who attack our community so long as it wins him votes and money. His own staff admitted as much to the Washington Post:
The last thing a crowd of black folks who have a problem with homosexuality needs is: 1) to be “told” by the Obama campaign that a message about tolerance must be delivered from a white voice of faith, and 2) to have their beliefs confirmed that being gay is “a white man’s perversion.” Coming from a white pastor under these circumstances, can only be seen as paternalistic and patronizing; the shields of defensiveness will go up, the message will be ignored.
The most stinging message that the Obama campaign has sent is that they apparently didn’t see the relevance or necessity of removing the ability of religious blacks to stay in denial, that somehow there is not an intersection of being black and gay. This move renders us invisible yet again, as politically expendable, because it telegraphs that it’s too politically volatile to address the division in the community by having them confront one of their own — black gay and gay-affirming ministers — when it comes to looking at bigotry.
This isn’t simply a mistake, as I first called it. If the Obama campaign is not only keeping McClurkin as the headliner of the concert, but also issuing memos defending his views, producing videos endorsing McClurkin before the event, and then allowing McClurkin to emcee the event, it is pre-meditated, not a mistake. Chalk this up as about the 2,257th time that I gave a high profile Democat the benefit of the doubt, and was then proven wrong. I should have seen it coming.
The funny thing is, Obama’s poll numbers don’t appear to be suffering for the most part. Oh yeah, he’s screwed himself with the progressive base, but I still wonder whether the obituaries for his candidacy are a tad premature.
Reality is what it is. Progressives are a lot of the enthusiasm behind the Democrats, but they aren’t a majority in the country, probably not even a majority within the Democrats. That said, the events have shown that when you look closely Obama just isn’t ready for prime time. If he wanted a “Sister Souljah” moment of his own, he bungled it irredeemably.
As things stand, I don’t see him overtaking Hillary. Maybe he’ll be smarter in eight years.
Dan Savage points out:
So… Barack Obama hosted an anti-gay rally yesterday featuring a singing ex-gay bigot. If this had been a Mitt Romney or John McCain event the same people making excuses for Barack Obama would be screaming bloody murder.