Is Gay the New Pro-Choice?
Food for thought: According to comments he made yesterday to The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes, Sen. John McCain is willing to consider either former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) for his running mate, despite the fact that both men are pro-choice. However, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be unacceptable because of his additional support for gay rights. From The Weekly Standard:
"I think it’s a fundamental tenet of our party to be pro-life but that does not mean we exclude people from our party that are pro-choice. We just have a — albeit strong — but just it’s a disagreement. And I think Ridge is a great example of that. Far more so than Bloomberg — because Bloomberg is pro-gay rights, pro, you know, a number of other issues."
Is it fair to interpret McCain’s statement to mean that he believes abortion rights may be slowly escaping its status as the third-rail in GOP politics? If not, why would he even take the risk of floating it — to a conservative magazine, no less? Yet homosexuality remains a bridge too far?
But what is to be made of this: McCain reportedly met privately with the head of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay advocacy group, AND he also apparently accepted a $2,300 contribution from the owner of Manhunt.net, a gay hookup Website (slogan: Get on. Get off.)