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Jon McCain's Gay Chief of Staff Mark Buse

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Here's a better photo of Mark Buse (via Joe.My.God), John McCain's gay chief of staff who Buse describes his jobs over the 17 years he's worked for McCain:

"Started as an intern, worked in the mailroom, answered the phones, legislative correspondent, legislative assistant -- anything that he wanted you to do, I did. You know, sort of just plugged away in the trenches for year after year. And that's sort of the way that he runs things. You know, just, if you are willing to work for him and stick around, he believe in that sort Navy mentality of you work your way up in the ranks."

McrainbowDailyKos has a thread going on Buse, with 620 comments. They write:

"If John McCain keeps this guy on as his chief of staff, does Sarah Palin still get to be raptured? Honestly. Who is the bigger hypocrite here? Mark Buse, an openly gay man who is spending his life helping John McCain block important gay civil rights issues like marriage and adoption? Or John McCain, who obviously has no problem with gay folks, but has adopted an anti-gay platform out of political expediency and a desire to court people like Sarah Palin, who think that if they just hate enough, they'll be Raptured into the love of Jesus when the End Times come. Ridiculous. Mark Buse is obviously a man of some ability. It ain't nothing to get yourself a position as chief of staff to a powerful senator and presidential candidate. A pity that he is wasting his talents fighting against his gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters. And against everyone else who stands in solidarity for civil rights for all. It's also a pity for us. Because his efforts have contributed to the endless delays, damages and humiliations caused to gay and Lesbian Americans as we wait to achieve a full and equal status as citizens of the U.S."

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  1. Although there are many gays who work to enable and support gay rights, Washington DC is replete with unscrupulous, short-sighted and self-centered gays who somehow rationalize their work with conservatives and the radical right on a daily basis. It's unconscionable and inexcusable. How would history judge a Jew who worked for the Nazis (because the pay was good)? How will history judge immoral gays like this?

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 23, 2008 8:27:52 AM


  2. No one need to wait for history. WE judge him. This is what "being judgmental" is all about -- Moral Truth.

    Mark Buse is a KAPO and must be called out for it by everyone in this country gay or straight. But especially gay.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 23, 2008 8:40:52 AM


  3. so I'm guessing he took his Big Muscle profile down.

    Posted by: A.J. | Sep 23, 2008 8:48:53 AM


  4. Am I also a hypocrite for helping Obama "block important gay civil rights issues like marriage"?

    Posted by: misquowoti | Sep 23, 2008 8:56:10 AM


  5. "Because his efforts have contributed to the endless delays, damages and humiliations caused to gay and Lesbian Americans as we wait to achieve a full and equal status as citizens of the U.S."

    No he hasn't. These kind of statements are just plain wrong and should be called out for the outright lies that they are. Does this mean that the democrats are finally learning how to lie better now to get into office?

    @tom

    The republican party is not the nazi's - read a history book and get some damn perspective... Its these kind of statements that make it impossible to take people like you seriously....

    (old enough to remember when both democrats and the republicans where both staunchly anti-gay)

    Posted by: yoshi | Sep 23, 2008 8:56:47 AM


  6. Sometimes I feel we all have to hide our personal life when it comes to work.
    It’s hard when you don’t always believe the boss or companies policies or procedures, and have to stay in the closet to protect your home, car, partner . Living in the south, and the bible belt, I have lived a working closeted life, cause I make too much money , not to . it supports me, my partner, my life style and we don’t always have opportunity to be open and out, cause we are afraid of losing our jobs , since there is no protection.
    I don’t always support what the boss or corporation says, and I am up front enough to say my opinion , but other then that I understand completely with his job, life and position

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 23, 2008 8:59:27 AM


  7. In an interview with Mark Segal of the Philadelphia Gay News, Barack Obama indicated that he would not proceed unilaterally in fulfilling his promise to do away with the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military.
    Instead, the Democratic presidential candidate said that he would work through a step-by-step process with the military brass. "The reason," Obama said, "is because I want to make sure that when we revert 'don't ask, don't tell,' it's gone through a process and we've built a consensus or at least a clarity of that, of what my expectations are, so that it works."

    Posted by: misquowoti | Sep 23, 2008 9:05:38 AM


  8. Heh...

    I wonder if this guy, that military escort/journalist, and Haggard's call boy ever had a three way...

    Posted by: Darren | Sep 23, 2008 9:06:44 AM


  9. Everyone knows the Republican party has been at the forefront of gay writes, they don't call them the GOPnP for nothing!

    Posted by: homer | Sep 23, 2008 9:11:45 AM


  10. It sad and scary to see gays attack one of their own simply for having a successful career within a perceived opposition party (and, please, the Nazi comparison is hardly accurate or appropriate). You'd think that there might be a bit of respect for some diversity amongst gays, given their demands for respect of their "diversity" in the world at large. Stop being catty and narrow-minded; those are not attractive qualities. Leave this guy alone.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 23, 2008 9:16:58 AM


  11. Diversity does not mean respecting people who actively work against you. That's just retarded.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 23, 2008 9:21:24 AM


  12. Yeah Tom and Dave, why don't we start slapping some type of identifying mark on these fuckers so we know who the enemy is.

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 23, 2008 9:33:02 AM



  13. Crispy,

    No, Diversity has come sometimes to mean lowering your standards to appease special groups who demand parity. It also has meant being forced to compromise your beliefs in favor of forced government mandates instead of letting the free market dictate the needs. Diversity is a crock of shit dreamed up by poverty pimps and those who feel the need to make excuses for others.

    Posted by: Las Vegas | Sep 23, 2008 9:38:50 AM


  14. He is NOT "one of our own."! He's one of THEIRS!

    I'll bet you'll say criticizing Roy Cohn is "attacking one of our own." Jesus Fucking Christ On the Cross what a miserable excuse for a human being you are!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 23, 2008 9:38:55 AM


  15. I GUESS THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN (HRC) NOW HAS ANOTHER POSTER CHILD - TO SUPPORT ITS PRO-WHITE, ITS ANTI-TRANSGENDER & INCLUSIVE AGENDA, AND ‘ITS PRODUCT MARKETING RATHER THAN TRUE CIVIL RIGHT' AGENDA! LET'S SEE HOW LONG IT TAKES THE WHITE LEADERSHIP OF THE LGBT 'MOVEMENT' (i use this term very loosely) TO COURT MARK BUCE AS IT DID FOR THE TRAIN WRECK THAT CALL JIM McGREEVEY!

    Posted by: Indian on Indian Road | Sep 23, 2008 9:42:43 AM


  16. Up is down

    You cooks.


    Obama
    1- supports civil unions
    2- against prop8 in CA (which would take away gay marriage rights in CA)
    3- for gay adoption
    4- for repealing DADT (MISQ.....bringing in the Joint Chiefs on the issue so as to calm the fears of middle america is not waffeling)
    5- for repealing DOMA
    6- publicly stated gayness is not a choice

    mcshame
    1-campaigned against civil unions in AZ
    2- publicly supports prop 8 in CA to take away marriage rights
    3- publicly stated he is against gay adoption
    4- DADT now DADT Forever
    5- vp pick believes gayness is a choice and can be prayed away (per her church)

    It is that simple

    You are not getting the tax breaks, the bush tax breaks only go to the top 3%...........and honey that isn't you!!!! Bush would consider you all as poor white trash beneath him. The repub elite are not going to let you guys into the country club.

    Per George WILL (Big time CONSERVATIVE)

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/
    content/article/2008/09/22/AR20080922025
    83.html

    says "Mccain has lost his head"......temperament (which is unchangeable)unfit for presidency

    So a good reason to vote for him vs your own gay self interests isn't safety when mcshame is mentally unfit to be prez = the whole world is unsafe if mcshame wins

    The only other reason to support him then is racism. Stop the lies, stop saying up is down, and just admit your all racist queens

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 23, 2008 9:50:09 AM


  17. LV

    "...letting the free market dictate the needs."

    LOL

    Didn't you get the memo yet? We are all socialists now with even repubs tossing the "free market" under the bus

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 23, 2008 9:53:19 AM


  18. Yoshi et el......

    Here is a snippet from the 2008 Nat Rep. Platform ....

    "Republicans have been at the forefront of protecting traditional marriage laws, both in the states and in Congress. A Republican Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states not to recognize same-sex “marriages” licensed in other states. Unbelievably, the Democratic Party has now pledged to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which would subject every state to the redefinition of marriage by a judge without ever allowing the people to vote on the matter. We also urge Congress to use its Article III, Section 2 power to prevent activist federal judges from imposing upon the rest of the nation the judicial activism in Massachusetts and California. We also encourage states to review their marriage and divorce laws in order to strengthen marriage.

    As the family is our basic unit of society, we oppose initiatives to erode parental rights."

    Put that in our pipe and smoke!

    Posted by: Indian on Indain Raod | Sep 23, 2008 10:00:34 AM


  19. It's a big shame that late-in-life convert to the gay cause Barry Goldwater is not alive now to give McCain a tongue lashing. Who else would Johnny respect?

    Posted by: anon | Sep 23, 2008 10:10:02 AM


  20. The self-loathing of the blinkered repug nitwits here who say leave Mark Buse alone is nauseating.

    Posted by: bading | Sep 23, 2008 10:36:31 AM


  21. Yoshi,

    F*ck you, you are a Republican troll. This is progressive gay blog. Why are you so pathetic to expect us to embrace you and your bullshit? If you want to be with gay people on the web, why not find some fellow moronic Republicans?

    Please don't try to convince us that the GOP, the party that sent mass mailings in 2004 declaring that gays and gay marriage would end heterosexual marriage is any kind of friend to gay people. The GOP has made it clear that as a party, they are against gay people. Period.

    When someone draws an analogy comparing the GOP to the Nazi Party it is a comparison of political thought and action, not a 1:1, but a comparison. Just because you lack the intellectual imagination or logic to understand how analogies work, doesn't mean that others can't.

    BTW, did I forget to say f*ck you? Get it? Some of us are more than tired of dealing with the evil f*cks in your party that have made a living pumping racism, homophobia, sexism, and anti-immigrant hate into our lives.

    You say we should read a history book? Maybe you should read up on the GOP's use of the Southern Strategy for 40 years to ramp up white supremacist voters. Maybe you should read up on the Dobson and the other Evangelicals and Rightwing Christians who are essential to winning elections.

    As for this crap about the Democrats and marriage, get real, moron. Obama is for civil unions with full equality to marriage rights as a federal right, which overturns all state laws. Not perfect but a hell of a start and a light year ahead of the Rethugs.

    More importantly, the Republicans are a bunch of hypocritical scumbags who preach morality but are the most vicious, unChristian, hateful jerks. The McCain campaign has rightfully been denounced by most major newspapers for spreading vicious lies. How very moral. The Bush Administration brought America to this financial crisis but refuses to take responsibility for it. Personal responsibility? Republicans are a bunch of whining, crybabies who play victim when it benefits them.

    Posted by: noah | Sep 23, 2008 10:37:50 AM


  22. I can't imagine any LGBT(LMNOP) voting for McCain, much less working for him.

    But then again if theres one thing I've learned in life is that the number of people who won't put money ahead of their principles (if they have any) are regrettably few.

    I think the Nazi comparison is entirely appropriate.

    Posted by: Joren | Sep 23, 2008 10:48:00 AM


  23. @yoshi,

    why is the statement you quoted wrong? if you think it should "be called out" for a lie, then do it. tell us WHY it is a lie.

    as to the repugs = nazis analogy, i'm not sure that you read TOM's comment correctly. if we suppose that a person who sells out his own people for personal gain is equivalent to a jew kissing nazi ass, then the comparison is apt. i think that is all TOM meant. and, your ignorantly parroting the right-wing t.p.m. about nazi analogies speaks volumes.

    it is you that should read history. history is fraught with examples of people who let expediency trump integrity. do you for a moment think that people who could pass as german or white or nonaboriginal didn't do so when push came to shove? i have enough forbearance to excuse it when one's life is in the balance, but i cannot forgive someone who actively works against one's own for pelf.

    Posted by: nic | Sep 23, 2008 11:05:41 AM


  24. Jimmyboyo has it right:
    Obama
    1- supports civil unions
    2- against prop8 in CA (which would take away gay marriage rights in CA)
    3- for gay adoption
    4- for repealing DADT (MISQ.....bringing in the Joint Chiefs on the issue so as to calm the fears of middle america is not waffeling)
    5- for repealing DOMA
    6- publicly stated gayness is not a choice

    mcshame
    1-campaigned against civil unions in AZ
    2- publicly supports prop 8 in CA to take away marriage rights
    3- publicly stated he is against gay adoption
    4- DADT now DADT Forever
    5- vp pick believes gayness is a choice and can be prayed away (per her church)

    It is that simple

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 23, 2008 11:20:15 AM


  25. LAS VEGAS,

    I've read your above statement 4 times. I keep saying, how could a self-indentified homosexual man believe what you just wrote. I guess that's what the "Roy Cohn" award is all about.

    People like Sarah Palin do white wash American history. They lie for the purpose of "nation building". They lie to make America's history good. Barack Obama can't dare say that, but I can.

    "Diversity has come sometimes to mean lowering your standards to appease special groups who demand parity."

    Standards? Standards of extermination of Native-Americans & stealing their land, African slavery, discrimination against new immigrant groups, exploitation of Chinese & Mexican Americans & working folks in general, religious based laws persecuting homosexuals and other sexual minorities?

    What got me about your comment, LAS VEGAS, is that it was written so well, and it is so evil.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 23, 2008 11:33:34 AM


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