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Did Romney Pass Over Rice Because Of Abortion And Civil Unions?

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Once a presidential candidate picks his or her running mate, we, the voting public, are meant to believe there could be no other ticket. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, for example, are presented as a natural, inevitable match who can, they say, "restore America's promise". There were, according to this myth, no other potential veeps.

Of course that's not the case. Mitt Romney considered a long list potential running mates, a list that included Condoleezza Rice. Former Secretary of State Rice would have been a great fit: she's a seasoned diplomat with foreign policy experience, she could tap into the female voting bloc and she's well-respected and liked within her party. So, why didn't Rice get Ryan's spot? According to Radar Online, because Rice refused to back down on abortion and civil unions.

"Condi was fully vetted to become Mitt Romney's running mate and turned over financial records, including tax returns," a source told the site. "However, Mitt's advisers talked him out of it because Condi is pro-choice and she isn't willing to change her position on the controversial issue. Condi also supports same sex civil unions which again, put her at odds with Romney. Mitt had a hard time getting the ultra conservative support of the GOP and was told if he picked Condi that would immediately be lost and so he ultimately picked Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate."

But Rice fans should not fear, according to the source, the Stanford professor is reportedly planning a gubernatorial run in California. "She will continue to stump for [Romney] but she is very excited about the prospect of running for elected office for the first time in her life," said the source. "California still has very high unemployment and companies are leaving the Golden State because of very high taxes and regulations. Condi's position on social issues makes her a very viable candidate."

For those of you who may have missed Rice's speech at the Republican National Convention this week, I've included it AFTER THE JUMP.

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Sarah Palin Approves of Condi Rice as VP Despite Her Disrespect for Human Life: VIDEO

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Matt Drudge "unlocked the insane asylum" of the media, according to Greta van Susteren, when he suggested yesterday that Condoleezza Rice was the top pick for Romney's running mate, and given who showed up to talk about it...

Says the unwisest VP pick in recent memory:

"I would certainly prefer a presidential and vice presidential candidate who had that respect for all innocent, precious, purposeful human life and show that respect via being a pro-life candidate. We need to remember though that it's not the vice president who would legislate abortion. That would be Congress's role, and, uh, we'll keep that in mind."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Condoleezza Rice Finally, Officially Endorses Mitt Romney

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared at a California fundraiser for Mitt Romney last night to officially back the GOP presidential hopeful's White House bid.

"If America is going to rebuild its strength at home, rebuild its sense of who we are, it needs a leader that also understands how really exceptional the United States of America is, and is not afraid to lead on the basis of that exceptionalism,” Rice reportedly said of Romney.

"The only thing that people dislike more than unilateral American leadership is no American leadership at all.”

Rice's endorsement came one day after Romney officially clinched the nomination, and her delay — as well as that of other former diplomats —  has some Washington insiders wondering if Romney still faces a deficit amongst the "Republican foreign policy establishment," including Henry Kissinger.

Regardless of any potential hesitancy, Rice his a lot of the "right" notes by tacitly claiming President Obama doesn't believe in American exceptionalism, a common narrative since 2008.


Pat Robertson Confused by Mac and Cheese: VIDEO

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Not sure whose Thanksgiving would be more miserable, Maggie Gallagher's or Pat Robertson's.

Said Robertson to 700 co-host Kristi Watts following her interview with Condoleezza Rice about favorite Thanksgiving dishes: "What is this 'Mac and Cheese'? Is it a Black thing?"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Gin, Uganda, Channing Tatum, Torture, Nevada, Tony Kushner

 roadNew Jersey poll finds 49% of voters support marriage equality, 43% oppose.

 roadTwo upstate New York papers write editorials in support of marriage equality.

Tatum  roadChanning Tatum is a lover not a fighter.

 roadIs this what's meant by getting ginned up?

 roadCondoleezza Rice approved waterboarding and then lied to Senate Armed Services Committee about it: "Last fall, Rice acknowledged to the Senate Armed Services Committee only that she had attended meetings where the CIA interrogation request was discussed and asked for the attorney general to conduct a legal review. She said she did not recall details. Rice omitted her direct role in approving the program in her written statement to the committee."

 roadLindsay Lohan talks to Ellen DeGeneres about Samantha Ronson...and Anne Heche.

 roadCity of Rochester makes offer to residents suing the city over police gay bashing incident: "In an April 7 correspondence, city municipal attorney Matthew Brown noted that 'the city has made an offer to plaintiffs' in the federal civil case. Attorney Christina Agola, who represents the five who sued the city and police officers, also acknowledged Wednesday that 'we are engaged in talks...We haven't reached an ultimate decision,' she said."

 roadBeyoncé lets it rip.

Ugandapaper  roadUganda paper outs homosexuals.

 roadNYT on the Maine marriage hearings: "The future of the bill, which has more than 60 sponsors, is uncertain. Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, had opposed same-sex marriage, but now says he is keeping his options open. The Legislature, where Democrats control both houses, can pass or reject the measure, or send it to the voters for a referendum. If the Legislature passes the bill, citizens can collect enough signatures to place a people’s veto of the legislation on the November ballot."

Lucas  roadMichael Musto's sit-down interview with porn producer Michael Lucas.

 roadLongtime owner of Philadelphia gay bar Uncles, Mort Wernik, dies at 73.

 roadNevada Senate passes domestic partnerships, may face veto from governor: "On a 12-9 vote Tuesday night, the state Senate passed a bill to allow domestic partners, gay and straight, most of the same rights as married couples."

 roadMinneapolis' Guthrie Theatre delays premiere of Tony Kushner play by a week: "The show — 'The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures' — was scheduled to begin previews on May 9 and open on May 15. But the Guthrie says after discussions among Kushner, director Michael Greif and Guthrie director Joe Dowling, it was decided to delay the opening to give the actors more time on stage."

Correction: The press release we linked to earlier in this post that that appeared to be from a national gay organization on torture has been revealed to be a fake.


Mark Dybul Out as Global AIDS Coordinator

Two weeks ago I reported that Bush appointee Mark Dybul had been asked by Obama to stay on in his capacity as Global AIDS Coordinator. That appears to have changed, according to the Washington Blade:

Dybul_2"Two sources familiar with the U.S. Global AIDS Office said Obama’s senior advisors were concerned about the negative reaction from some AIDS activists and reproductive rights groups to news that Dybul was keeping his job. 'What I can say is that Ambassador Mark Dybul has been asked to submit his resignation as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and he is no longer serving in that role,' said State Department spokesperson Amanda Harper. Asked if she knew why Obama decided to replace Dybul after reportedly asking him to stay, Harper said, 'I can’t give any insight into the background. All I can say is that he has been asked to submit his resignation and that he’s no loner in the role.' The office is an arm of the State Department. News of the Obama administration’s decision to replace Dybul came one day after the Senate confirmed former Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) as the new Secretary of State. In his role as Global AIDS Coordinator, Dybul, a physician specializing in HIV medicine, was in charge of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, a multi-billion dollar program to fight AIDS in developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. The program enjoys widespread bipartisan support and is considered one of Bush’s most successful initiatives."

Previously
Report: Obama to Name Gay Men, Lesbian to White House Posts [tr]
Condi Delivers the Labels of Gay Marriage without the Laws [tr]


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