To defend Scott Brown, Senate GOP campaign committee attacks Dan Savage – while Brown pals around with known hate group

Seriously, whoever thought it was a good idea to engage Dan Savage is an idiot. But, game on.

Ben Smith has the details. Basically, to deflect criticism from Scott Brown for not appearing in the Massachusetts’ delegation “It Gets Better” video, the NRSC’s spokesperson, Brian Walsh, attacked Dan Savage. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s truly reached a new level of desperation in their efforts to tear down Scott Brown, but we look forward to hearing whether state and national Democrat leaders agree with Dan Savage’s long history of lewd, violent and anti-Christian rhetoric. Given their press conference call today, one has to presume at this point that they do.

That’s pretty darn sanctimonious coming from the NRSC, which includes David Vitter (who was caught frequenting numerous prostitutes (a crime) while married) as a member.  It’s also pretty hypocritical of Brown, who had no problem associating himself with a known hate group last year.

Has anyone at the NRSC googled “Santorum” lately?

Ben also has an email response from Dan, which reads, in part:

It is interesting, though, that not a single GOP elected official can bring himself or herself to make a video, or participate in the creation of one. No GOP elected can risk being seen letting bullied LGBT kids know that life isn’t high school and that it will get better for them. it doesn’t require signing off on the entire gay agenda (the president made a video, and he doesn’t support gay marriage). No GOP elected can back the seemingly radical notion that LGBT kids shouldn’t kill themselves, that they should have hope for their futures.

No GOP elected official can do even that — David Cameron, meanwhile, made a video months ago.

which tells us a lot about the noisiest part of the GOP’s base — lewd (have you seen their websites?) hate groups like focus on the family and americans for truth about homosexuality — and how feared they are by even “moderate” senators like Scott Brown.

Seriously, the “It Gets Better” videos are about saving kids. Clearly, that’s not a GOP priority.

Maybe Dan should just redefine Republican, or at least Scott Brown.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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