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Cindy McCain Says Media to Blame for GOP's Anti-Gay Image: VIDEO


Before the Republican debate on Wednesday, Cindy McCain sat down with CNN and blamed the media for painting a picture of the GOP that makes them look anti-gay, Think Progress LGBT reports.

"I think the media portrays that. I think being a Republican, being part of the party for — as many years as I have and knowing the Republicans the way I do that is not the case and that’s not the bulk of Republicans that believe in that, at all. The vocal ones, maybe the ones that are on the far right side of the issue, but I — certainly in the state of Arizona – we are open-minded Republicans and believe in equality for all."


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  1. Yes Cindy, that's right! It's called FOX News!

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 24, 2012 10:57:14 AM

  2. I'd add my version of "B*tch, please!" but you've all already done so well that there is no need. Carry on.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 24, 2012 11:09:39 AM

  3. Totally predictable responses that miss her point entirely.

    The point is that there is a very vocal homophobic minority within the Republican Party in the form of the Religious Right--who are also very vocal when it comes to abortion, school prayer, and other issues. And because they are very vocal and because they tend to be very intense in their views, they tend to be the foot soldiers of Republican campaigns.....and for this reason, the Republican leadership has to cater to them, even though a large proportion of that leadership does not share their extremist views and wishes they would just go away. The fact that they virtually never get any of their issues legislated on favorably just demonstrates that the Republican Establishment tends to view them as a group to give lip service to come election time and then ignore when it comes to real substance.

    This small group has driven the Republican Party much father to the right than it otherwise would be--and opinion polls demonstrate that with regard to gay rights issues, with a majority of rank-and-file Republicans favoring anti-discrimination laws--a majority were in favor of DADT repeal and a surprisingly large minority are even in favor of same-sex marriage, especially those in the Northeast and on the West fact they are more in favor of gay rights percentage-wise than some core Democratic constituencies such as blacks.

    The Democratic Party has had the same problem with elements of its base that push the party much father leftward than the rank-and-file or the Establishment would like for it to be on many issues. A good example of this is its constant support of affirmative action programs that are hugely unpopular with the public (every time they have been on the ballot in blue states like California, Washington, and Michigan, they have lost by wide margins)....because they don't want to alienate black voters.....even though continuing to favor them has cost the party enormous support with many middle-class whites.....which is why the Republican Party manages to remain viable despite its attachment to the economic elite at the expense of the middle class.

    I realize that this kind of nuance is way beyond most of the people who will read this, but I always think intelligent analysis is useful, so there it is.

    A party's official positions do not always reflect what the majority of its members really think.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 24, 2012 11:11:32 AM

  4. Pitiful creature of Darkness,
    What kind of life have you known?
    God give me courage to show you
    You are not alone...

    Nah, you're totally alone.
    RICK - STILL, reliably, inexorably, an IDIOT!

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 24, 2012 11:16:14 AM

  5. Rick

    Truly the only mature, reasonable in this thread. Thank you!

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 24, 2012 11:20:22 AM

  6. I don't give a damn if they're tolerant in their private lives.

    I only care what they do as politicians and lawmakers, and on that front it is perfectly clear that Republican = anti-gay.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 24, 2012 11:20:46 AM

  7. I don't give a damn if they're tolerant in their private lives.

    I only care what they do as politicians and lawmakers, and on that front it is perfectly clear that Republican = anti-gay.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 24, 2012 11:20:47 AM

  8. I swear, Rick, if you have such contempt for the people who post here, why do you spend so much time here? It is a rare post of yours that doesn't bash the intellect or awareness of other posters.

    If what you and Cindy claim is true, that a very vocal minority has hijacked the Republican Party, specifically in regards to gay rights, then the silent, complacent majority is complicit for allowing it to occur.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 24, 2012 11:21:16 AM

  9. Kevinvt

    Were you upset with all democrats when Bill Clinton signed DADT and DOMA into law?

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 24, 2012 11:23:30 AM

  10. Ok Rick, got it. If only Democrats hated blacks as much as you did, all would be right with the world & they'd attract that better class of white people. What a bigot!

    What nuance? Who cares if Repubs are nice to gay people in the privacy of their home. It's what legislature they support that counts. The Don't Say Gay Laws, the fighting to keep discriminating against LGBT laws, the vetoes against marriage equality (Christie) are very much enacted by Repubs. Stop being so clueless.

    Posted by: sara | Feb 24, 2012 11:27:44 AM

  11. Well, the fricken media NEVER EVER asks the followup question... which is Why then does the GOP continuously block equality legislation? Why is they House GOP paying for a lawyer to defend DOMA when the President and the Justice Department say it is unconstitutional?

    Posted by: MikeH | Feb 24, 2012 11:31:21 AM

  12. @Sara ... good point. @Scott... There is a difference to what Clinton did vs. the GOP. Clinton approached things from a strategic point of view with the goal of equality. If you take the time to examine his record in it's entirety and the effects of what he did, you'll see that. If the GOP had it's way we would all be living in a theocracy.

    Posted by: MikeH | Feb 24, 2012 11:39:35 AM

  13. For the very few of you who actually care about the truth, here is a link to a recent national poll that found that more than half of registered Republicans are in favor of either same-sex marriage or civil unions and among those under 35, it is a substantial majority:

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 24, 2012 11:44:41 AM

  14. I stand corrected. RICK is not alone. He has SCOTT. Because what people think in private is so much more important than what they DO, which is to vote FOR candidates who vote FOR discrimination and inequality. They elect people who oppose anti-bullying legislation. They elect people who promote anti-equality legislation. They elect people who won't let gay people adopt.

    I could go on and on, but it would be a waste of my time. RICK and SCOTT are in their walk-in closet, playing dress-up in gladiator costumes while putting their hands over their ears and shouting, "LALALALALALALA!"

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 24, 2012 11:46:50 AM

  15. @sara
    So it's ok if a politician passes legislation which violates your civil rights if it is part of a cryptic master plan to advance our rights? My opinion is all politicians will do whatever it takes to get elected and then do what it take to keep their jobs. Obama in 1996 was for gay marriage, then to get elected in 2008 was for civil unions because of his religious beliefs, now to get reelected his position is "evolving.". Who knows what he really believes. You can't trust a politician!

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 24, 2012 11:47:20 AM

  16. "... There is a difference to what Clinton did vs. the GOP. Clinton approached things from a strategic point of view with the goal of equality"

    No, actually he just stuck his finger up in the air to see which way the political wind was blowing and decided his position Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both have done when it comes to same-sex marriage. They are about political expediency rather than principle, much as their GOP counterparts are.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 24, 2012 11:48:05 AM

  17. /sarcasm on

    Oh yeah, its always the media's fault. Of course.

    /sarcasm off

    Posted by: Davelandia | Feb 24, 2012 11:50:20 AM

  18. Wow TJ, personal attacks and name calling are truly useful tools for advancing your argument. You win!!

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 24, 2012 11:50:21 AM

  19. TX GOP platform bans sodomy and criminalizes gay marriage - other states also awful. Last (2008) National GOP platform says gay military service is "incompatible", calls for a(nother) constitutional amendment against gay marriage, and opposes any mention of sexual orientation in non-discrimination laws.

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 24, 2012 11:51:07 AM

  20. SCOTT - I know, right? Thanks for the acknowledgement!

    >He probably doesn't know RICK's history here. Or maybe he truly is a fan! In which case, the snark stays.<

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 24, 2012 11:56:12 AM

  21. Scott, Yes - I was upset and continue to be with President Clinton regarding DOMA. I think DADT was an ill-conceived measure with the intent of progress, DOMA was strategic but just toward being re-elected - a shameful chapter in Democratic politics. However, it is tough to argue that gay rights are more likely to be advanced under GOP leadership.

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 24, 2012 11:58:17 AM

  22. Typical repug worldview: "Things must be the way I say they are, otherwise I might be made uncomfortable. And I refuse to be made uncomfortable, so that settles it!"

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Feb 24, 2012 11:59:08 AM

  23. @TJ Actually, how people conduct themselves in their behavior towards others matters far more than passing laws that are either unenforceable or irrelevant.

    It is so ludicrous how so many of you have become so obsessed with the passage of legislation as the key to progress when it really is nothing but a side show.

    The real key to social change lies in changing the culture and people's attitudes....and those are changing, not because laws are being passed, but because men are beginning to realize at long last that their natural bonds are with each other, not with women. That cultural change will render the whole idea of "gay" meaningless within a generation.

    Of course, the hard-core effeminate "gay" such as yourself is deeply threatened by this, since it will ultimately make obsolete your little niche of pink triangles, rainbow flags, Lady Gaga videos and the objectification of men....but that's just too bad.

    Time marches on and progress is occurring, mostly outside the political realm.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 24, 2012 12:00:27 PM

  24. I truly do not understand why being unsatisfied with either party is such a horrible thing. I prefer a libertarian view where social issues are not a concern. Less government is the answer. I also believe name calling is not necessary and counter productive.

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 24, 2012 12:02:38 PM

  25. Alex. I agree with you. I just wish each candidate were judged by their views and actions, not just by their political party. There are bad actors in each party.

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 24, 2012 12:11:18 PM

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