Wayne Besen weighs in on the latest talking point from those defending the President’s inaction, and backwards movement, on gay issues:
On Sunday evening, following the National Equality March, CNBC’s John Harwood, reported that a White House “advisor” described the marchers as the “Internet left fringe.” Harwood went on to say that, “For a sign of how seriously the White House does or doesn’t take this opposition, one adviser told me today those bloggers need to take off their pajamas, get dressed and realize that governing a closely-divided country is complicated and difficult.”
This crude stereotype of nutty and politically unsophisticated radicals typing in their underwear is inaccurate and a risky miscalculation. Indeed, I would venture to say that many of those insisting on swift action – David Mixner, Richard Socarides, John Aravosis and Paul Yandura – likely have more political experience than those questioning the credentials of such critics.
These “malcontents” are savvy and influential former insiders who are fighting so that we do not repeat the disappointment of the Clinton years. They are wise and experienced advocates who understand that if we don’t live in the moment, it may slip away.
On the other side, we have those who are too hung up on the ghost of Bill Clinton’s presidency, fearing that any move to enact legislation will turn into another Don’t Ask/Don’t tell fiasco. These folks keep telling us to wait for the right moment to take action.
The truth is, there will be no right moment. Major issues, such as an economic meltdown, healthcare, Afghanistan and Iran will always be on the president’s plate. Or, there will be an election on the horizon, making politicians skittish about social issues.
An interesting aside: The author of this article, Wayne Besen, is the guy who ten years ago photographed “ex-gay” leader John Paulk hitting on pretty young boys at a gay bar in DC a year or two after Paulk appeared on a Newsweek cover claiming he was “cured” of his homosexuality. Wayne rocks. Paulk is no longer an “ex-gay” leader, because of Wayne.