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Watch: David Brock and Richard Socarides Discuss Conservative and Political Opposition to LGBT Equality


David Brock and Richard Socarides of Equality Matters appeared on Hardball last night to discuss opposition to lgbt equality.

Said Brock: "I was in the right wing then and I knew what they were doing then and I know what they're doing now. It's a phony wedge, culture war issue for the right wing. For their base. They exploit gay people and they exploit the fear of gay people to gin up their base. That's what they do...It's a totally cynical thing. I know, I was in the right wing, so that's what's going on here."

Brock, a former Republican, also said it was "self-loathing" that contributed to his political views at the time.


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  1. These wanna-be elitists are the best David Brock can come up with for his "war room" ?

    Posted by: walter t boned | Dec 23, 2010 11:33:02 AM

  2. Tell us something we don't know...

    Posted by: Ichabod | Dec 23, 2010 11:56:18 AM

  3. It is still amazing the someone like Richard Socarides, who was Clinton's Senior Adviser during the implementation of DADT & DOMA and suppose to be well informed, can still put out misleading informatio­n, i.e., stating that Dick Cheney supports Gay Marriage without mentioning a Very Big Caveat. Socarides uses it as, see even he supports..­..

    However, here is what Cheney said as reported in the LA Times: "...histor­ically, the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level," Cheney said. "It has always been a state issue, and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-s­tate basis."

    In other words, if a State decided to ban Gay Marriage that would be acceptable [according to Cheney' rationale] because it was "handled" at the state level. Remember, twenty-nin­e states have a constituti­onal ban restrictin­g marriage to one man and one woman.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Dec 23, 2010 12:11:28 PM

  4. What has Socarides ever done to earn our respect? Because the answer to that is "nothing" why does anyone care what he thinks?

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 23, 2010 12:39:24 PM

  5. Marriage is NOT a traditional states' rights "issue". It is a question of civil fairness. When states deny their citizens equality before the law, then the Federal government is constitutionally required to step in. It's not a Federal "power grab" or usurpation of so-called "states' rights" to force states to comply with Constitutional mandates.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 23, 2010 12:59:00 PM

  6. I don't know... "self-loathing" can explain a lot of things. But when you actively engage in the oppression of millions of other people, I think you've slipped over into "other-loathing".

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 23, 2010 3:09:35 PM

  7. Bobn,

    Yeah. Sociopathy, Greed, Opportunist....

    I wouldn't leave my back door open with these two sweethearts around!

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 24, 2010 7:21:13 AM

  8. @markdc You sound like a politicized Andy Cohen...

    Posted by: JH | Dec 24, 2010 9:39:19 AM

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