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Watch: Activist Mike Rogers Calls Out GOProud's Christopher Barron Over Republicans and 'DADT'

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On last night's Ed Show, GOProud's Christopher Barron tries (but fails) to argue that conservatives had a big hand in the 'DADT' repeal victory. Activist and blogger Mike Rogers calls Barron out for his group's support of Bush, and John McCain.

Barron tries to defend McCain, claiming that he isn't the horrible bigoted pig we've seen over the last week and that this was McCain's "Terri Schiavo moment."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. GOProud = wingnut losers all-around. I can't see how this "gay" group has any credibility with the majority of the GLBT community. Mike Rogers does an excellent take-down of Chris Barron on how little the GOP contributed to the success of the DADT repeal effort. This group is a sad, sad joke!

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 21, 2010 8:42:44 AM


  2. Mike did not let him speak; he was eager to cut him off...loser!

    Also do not forget Clinton started this bullshit!

    Chris Barron is HOT and his points are valid.

    Posted by: True Words | Dec 21, 2010 8:48:11 AM


  3. Sorry it is not HOT to be a conservative asswipe "true words".

    Being an economic elitist is not cool or hot --- gay or straight.

    Posted by: Tony X | Dec 21, 2010 8:56:12 AM


  4. I wish Mike Rogers had asked Barron about his groups support for the Republican that took out DADT repeal leader Rep. Patrick Murphy. That was a huge, shameful fail for the gay Republicans.

    Posted by: George | Dec 21, 2010 9:02:30 AM


  5. DADT started under the GREAT (however flawed) leadership of Bill Clinton and no one is putting that man up under a microscope for his poor decision and record regarding gay rights.

    I am proud of both parties Democrats and some Republicans for abolishing this ignorant piece of legislation. Chris Barron as well as "bloggers" like Mike have done their part to get rid of this stance.

    Are you kidding this entire country is based upon being an economic elitist and the gay community leads the way. Whether or not it is cool, it is a simply matter of fact. If you look at where gay men from San Francisco, New York and other high end places; gay men choose to live in the trendiest neighborhood and pay the highest cost for it. That is just one example. Now before you respond think about the above statement.


    Posted by: True Words | Dec 21, 2010 9:06:41 AM


  6. BTW True Words -- there are many MORE straight wealthy people who live in Francisco, New York and other high end places; and choose to live in the trendiest neighborhood and pay the highest cost for it.

    Those straight people do not represent all straight people.

    Wealthy gay men do not represent all gay men.

    Get a grip on reality.

    Posted by: Tony X | Dec 21, 2010 9:25:13 AM


  7. I thought Terri Schiavo was John McCain's Terri Schiavo moment.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Dec 21, 2010 9:33:19 AM


  8. At this moment I am gripping something far more exciting.

    Posted by: True Words | Dec 21, 2010 9:35:18 AM


  9. Truewords, out down the pipe! Yikes!

    Talk about revisionism especially as Barron and his crew went on record to say that DADT isn't that important and the most important thing was the economy!

    You crazy in da head boy!

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 21, 2010 9:44:20 AM


  10. @ TRUE WORDS:Face it, you got caught talking from your other head. That said, as well as your elitist defense statement speaks volumes. Your only saving grace was the "both parties" statement.

    Posted by: jerome | Dec 21, 2010 9:50:34 AM


  11. For those who try to fault Democrats in this by pointing out the fact that the policy became law under Bill Clinton, remember that he had a Republican House and Senate that wanted to ban gay military service all together, asking or telling aside. It was bad policy and did not work as it was intended (and certainly open service would have been nice from the beginning), but we have to remember the political climate that brought it about.

    Posted by: Patrick | Dec 21, 2010 9:54:57 AM


  12. Not all evil people are Republicans. But all Republicans are evil.

    Posted by: Bob R | Dec 21, 2010 9:58:42 AM


  13. It was a Republican House and Senate that passed, with veto-proof majorities, a ban on gay people in the military. It was Bill Clinton who then issued an executive order forbidding the military from pursuing investigations into whether a soldier is gay. The Republicans gave us the "Don't Tell" part, and Bill Clinton who put in the "Don't Ask" bit.

    Posted by: LetSodomRing | Dec 21, 2010 10:02:33 AM


  14. *rolls eyes* A few moderate Republicans from blue states voted for the repeal. These are the same senators that the right calls RINOs all the time. I do think they deserve credit from us for defying their party leadership and risking Tea Party challengers when they are up for re-election, but this was hardly a conservative effort to repeal DADT.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Dec 21, 2010 10:07:23 AM


  15. If Chris Barron talked to John McCain in 2005 and 2008 and what John McCain said the day of the repeal vote "did not reflect" the John McCain he talked to, it leads me to believe that John McCain has mental problems. I've actually believed this for a time, he showed some wild, erratic instability when he was running for the Presidency and his rabid, shaky vitrol over this issue has always appeared deeply disturbed. I'm glad Chris Barron called him out on it because as I've said many times, John McCain will be remembered for three things: surrendering to the North Vietnamese, unleashing Sarah Palin on the people of the U.S. (his greatest sin), and his petulant, nasty, childish, freakishly disturbed aversion to gays serving openly in the military.

    As for Senator Kyl...he runs around with a roll of toilet paper wiping other people's asses in the Senate. He's a sad marginal character with little influence and a voice that can only mimic what other's say.

    Posted by: BartB | Dec 21, 2010 10:10:41 AM


  16. Gay Republicans...to me are like persecuted who help the persecutor for the self-preservation of their pocket books!

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Dec 21, 2010 10:23:52 AM


  17. It seems as if we need a history lesson on DADT. Gays were NEVER allowed to serve in the military throughout history, and there were psychological screenings and investigations to stop them from joining. On recruitment forms, it would clearly ask if you were a homosexual or had ever committed homosexual acts. This was always a part of military code. When Clinton was elected in 1992, promising to end the military code ban, he immediately pushed top military brass on the policy, who were vehemently against changing the policy. Colin Powell testified strongly against changing the policy. DADT was a legislative "compromise", upon which the military could no longer outright "ask" upon enlistment if one was a homosexual or not, and formal investigations into homosexuals would stop, but if it was somehow revealed that someone was a homosexual- from whatever source, they would still be discharged.

    In 1993, only 42% of Americans supported open homosexual service, as opposed to 77% today. It was intensely controversial, and Newt Gingrich used this issue to rally conservative voters (and the failure of Hillarycare)to take over both houses of congress in 1994.

    Obama avoided the huge flare up and controversy by enlisting Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chairmen Michael Mullen on his side of the issue immediately after being inaugurated. He used the strategy of having the military on "his side", and having a formal review revealing little to no impact, in order to quell any probably hysteric responses from the right wing. Clinton was fighting against the military, while Obama and the military fought against a fading conservative opposition that did not have any real merits to oppose the policy anymore.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_ask,_don't_tell

    Posted by: Damen | Dec 21, 2010 10:45:10 AM


  18. I think it's hilarious that anyone would be ignorant enough to give credit to republicans for overturning DADT simply because some republicans voted for repeal.

    By an EXTREME margin, it was democrats who worked for, campaigned for, and pushed for repeal -- even those democrats representing less progressive areas, some sacrificing their seats to vote for what they knew was right. The vast majority of republicans did NOTHING at all, except cast a vote at the very end. And most only did so because polls showed that Americans now overwhelmingly support repeal.

    So when GOProud tries to say DADT repeal is a "victory for both democrats and republicans," they're merely trying to rewrite history such that conservative officials can appear to be on the right side of it.

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 21, 2010 11:29:46 AM


  19. Both of those men were really annoying. What a pointless segment. Mike Rogers was extremely rude and uncivil.

    Posted by: tim | Dec 21, 2010 11:43:12 AM


  20. gay republicans are whores

    Posted by: r | Dec 21, 2010 12:59:50 PM


  21. It's a shame to see Christopher Barron get this publicity when he represents an Uncle Tom minority who should be ashamed of themselves....

    I'd be happy to never see his face nor hear of his viewpoints ever again....

    Posted by: Tony J | Dec 21, 2010 1:01:47 PM


  22. So all Republicans are "evil", huh? Are all the conservative Democrats who voted against our issues "evil", too?

    The gay community, by putting all our eggs in the Democrat basket, shows how remarkably politically stupid it is.

    Keep hanging with the HRC crowd and see how much gets done in the days ahead. Vilify all Republicans, including the Mark Kirks, the Ladies from Maine, Scott Brown, etc., and see how far we get. Simply mind-boggling that the gay community doesn't celebrate these brave individuals instead of the intolerant sneers and venom hurled at them.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 21, 2010 2:31:12 PM


  23. This was difficult to watch. If you count Ed, this is really horrible nightmare of three clowns going bezerk. ulgh

    Posted by: pepa | Dec 21, 2010 3:08:12 PM


  24. It's a shame when cowards in Congress pat themselves on the back for passing something that has 70-80% public support. How about passing things that are necessary but unpopular (massive tax raises on the rich, get rid of private insurance racket, etc...)

    Posted by: Shawn | Dec 21, 2010 3:55:10 PM


  25. Mike ripped that jerk a new one. I sat there wishing I had some red vines and a RC Cola!

    GOProud are just plain weird. They NEVER want to talk about LGBT stuff. Always the economy. Well, this morning I read that the stock market is at its highest point in two years and this is the biggest shopping season in some time. So, if it's the economy stupid, you guys are fucked.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 21, 2010 5:26:56 PM


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