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Carl Paladino: Simple Gaffe, Or Tea Party Trend?


Carl Paladino no doubt wants to put his gay "brainwashing" remark in the past. Unfortunately for him, talking heads couldn't resist dissecting the New York gubernatorial candidate's terrible gaffe, and whether Paladino's comment's are an isolated incident or part of a larger movement.

MSNBC's Ed Schultz chatted about the matter with Chris Barron from conservative group GOProud, who insisted Paladino's opinions are isolated and that he would be "more concerned" if Paladino were a more "legitimate political figure."

"My dog has a better chance of getting elected," said Barron, as if everyone were overreacting to Paladino's comments.

Activist and blogger Michael Rogers then weighed in, and praised Barron for being "consistent" in "throwing Republicans under the bus" when they don't fit his group's needs. He went on to insist that homophobia "runs rampant" within the Republican party.

Rachel Maddow helped illuminate that point by comparing Paladino to other Tea Party candidates, like Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell, both of whom, yes, have homophobic politics.

Paladino didn't come out of nowhere, says, Maddow: he's part of the larger culture war, an idea with which former Bill Clinton adviser Richard Socarides would no doubt agree: he told Keith Olbermann that the "Tea Party" is simply social conservatism in fiscally minded clothing. It's up to voters to counter these candidates in the ballot box and spread the word: marriage is a "proxy issue" that's really about gay dignity.

Meanwhile, over at Fox News, Bill O'Reilly argued about Paladino with Ann Coulter, who calls Paladino a "great warrior" for wanting to lower taxes and commended and commended his restraint for not saying homosexuality is a sin, a comment in his prepared remarks. The entire thing, she claims, could help him get votes. O'Reilly disagrees, saying, "Everyone in the world, but you, agrees this ain't gonna help the guy."

All this talk about whether Paladino's an isolated incident or part of a larger trend makes me remember something a New York Tea Party activist said to me about Paladino back in April, when I was working on a story about the state's Tea Party movement and the candidate was testing the waters: "There are clearly not enough Republicans in NY State to elect him or any other member of the GOP as governor... He is going to have to depend on independent and conservative support to get elected, and independent and conservative is what the Tea Party is."

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  1. This was no "gaffe", this was a deliberate statement designed to generate free media attention and endear himself to other bigots.

    Posted by: Ben | Oct 12, 2010 8:56:59 AM

  2. So GOProud continues to abase itself publicly, and O'Reilly is a voice of reason against Ann Coulter.

    I'm still thinking the GOP advance next month might be more flurries than an avalanche.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 12, 2010 9:07:08 AM

  3. make no mistake, these are the same old nutcases that have been around a long time. they are just wrapping themselves up in a new flag.

    Posted by: niles | Oct 12, 2010 10:41:57 AM

  4. As long as people think ass clowns like Socarides speak for us we'll have troubles.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Oct 12, 2010 11:23:55 AM

  5. Someone needs to look up "gaffe" in the dictionary.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 12, 2010 1:37:02 PM

  6. "and independent and conservative is what the Tea Party is."

    The tea party is not the Indies!

    2 polls now clearly show that the tea party is 80%+ so called "moral majority"/ republican religious right nuts who are registered repubs. that dangling up to 20% even if indie voters is not the majority by far of indie voters.

    Both recent polls also showed that the tea party is about 1/4th of the electorate at most with the rest/majority of america having either no opinion or a bad opinion of the tea party minority as well as overwhelmingly rejecting all tea party policies by 2/3 when presented each policy and asked to accept or reject it

    these are the jerry fallwells and pat robertson nutz who have always been repub are repub and will remain repub REBRANDED by dick armey's $$$ group (particularly Kock brothers oil billions) to try to sneak their crazy, that didnt work before, past watchful americans

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Oct 12, 2010 1:45:57 PM

  7. typo

    kock = koch

    The koch brothers

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Oct 12, 2010 1:47:09 PM

  8. paladino's remarks made one thing ertain i"m voting. this man is a total sumbag.and deserves to throw out with the rest of the garbage i don't like cuomo but the alternative is far worse .

    Posted by: walter | Oct 12, 2010 3:21:46 PM

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