How this gay-hating GOP man-child will help Dems win in November

If you needed a reason to vote in next month’s mid-term elections, this gay-hating Republican man-child is “Exhibit A” as to why everyone, especially young people, should vote Democratic.

His name is Ben Shapiro.

He’s the editor of Breitbart.com, a darling of the Republican Youth, and he’s prima facie evidence of what’s wrong with the Republican party, why I left the GOP over 20 years ago, and why no one in their right mind should vote for these people come November.

Breitbart editor-at-large and GOP leading voice Ben Shapiro.

Breitbart editor-at-large and GOP leading voice Ben Shapiro.

It’s been an amazing couple of years for gay civil rights advocates.

We’ve gone from hoping to possibly win the right to marry sometime down the line after we’re all dead and buried — most of us never imagined winning this right in our lifetime — to being on the verge of having a majority of states recognize marriage equality for gays.

As you can imagine, the religionist far right of the Republican party — which controls the GOP — has been apoplectic over the civil and human rights advances that gays have made these past several years.

Not that the Republicans liked gays when we were losing. They’ve never much liked us, or blacks, or women, or Latinos, or Jews — or much of anyone else. But now they’re even more incensed because we’re winning, they’re losing, and it’s hurting them at the ballot box.

The problem for the GOP is that if they change course, and embrace us fully, they’ll lose the intolerant core that makes up so much of the GOP base.

So they’re damned if they damn, and damned if they don’t.

Shapiro’s intolerance comes across as that of the true believer (or hater), rather than someone simply out for electoral gain. Someone who was simply out to win would recognize that they’re losing, badly, and that bigotry is no longer the vote-getter for the GOP that it was back in the day of the fire hose and the german shepherd.

Now, why write about Shapiro at all, you might ask? The same reason I write about Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and the other angry, intolerant thought-leaders of the Republican party: Every time an independent, or young, voter watches Shapiro, Coulter, Limbaugh or Palin open their mouths, that voter runs for a Democratic ballot.

As we’ve written before, the Republicans have been desperately trying to make-over their party. They realize that while they have a lock on (parts of) the south, they’ve lost blacks, gays, and Latinos, and are now losing women and youth. And what’s more, with Latinos growing in numbers in the coming decades, the GOP demographic nightmare only gets worse.

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Ben Shapiro thinks a lot about “anal penetration.”

So why do people like Ben Shapiro keep mouthing off about the civil rights of gays and lesbians being about nothing more than recognizing “anal penetration [as] a hard-fought constitutional right”?

And worse yet, why do Republicans keep elevating people like Shapiro, and Coulter, and Limbaugh, and Palin as the common-law leadership of their party? Most young people, let alone most Americans, don’t want to tie their future to the mini-me version of Phyllis Schlafly.

Colin Powell warned about the Republican party’s “dark vein of intolerance.” It’s an angry tradition that preternaturally boyish pocket-homophobes like Ben Shapiro embrace. And it’s going to be the Republican party’s undoing in November, and beyond.

Good riddance.


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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  • Indigo

    So he is not Log Cabin? I’m not convinced.

  • Steven Jaeger

    Yeah, drunk on diet coke.

  • wmforr

    Except Rafael Cruz, who thinks an anti-gay constitutional amendment will win him the Presidency. Then he can shut down the government permanently.

  • wmforr

    That top picture of Shapiro would be a great poster for the movie The Omen VI: Breitbart Conquers the World.

  • cambridgemac

    Ding! Ding! Ding!

  • FLL

    :) Good catch.

  • FLL

    The wife’s name is Columba Bush, and she is Mexican-born.

  • Hue-Man

    Instead of exporting voter suppression strategies, push-polling, robo-calls across the northern border, the TeaParty/GOP should learn from the far-right political parties in Canada.

    Rule 1 – Keep your mouth shut about topics that might drive away voters
    Rule 2 – If you slip up, apologize quickly and repeat Rule 1.

    I have no reason to believe there are fewer gay-haters, misogynists, racists, anti-poor people, etc. but they keep their opinions to themselves. The only exception is a vocal minority of anti-abortion political activists who keep trying to get it on the political agenda, usually without success – BTW, there is no abortion law in Canada, although there is general agreement among provincial medical associations of what can and cannot be done.

    The immediate reaction is “Freedom of Speech” but I compare this with a political figure who believes that electricity is a magical force initiated by the Devil! Nothing compels her to make her belief public just as her opinions about LGBT rights, levels of immigration, or gender pay equity need not become public since they are either settled law or have broad voter support.

    I don’t know if this shows a lack of leadership in the U.S. or a lack of power in the hands of the leadership to discipline wayward party members. My guess is that it’s the former since no meaningful legislation has been introduced in the House to address issues and groups that have been driven out of what has become the Republican pup tent.

  • arleeda

    I think she is from Colombia, isn’t she?

  • olandp

    Too bad that his mistress is white.

  • ‘Boyishly cute’? Well perhaps if you go for Damien-esque types…

  • Heck, it’d be a huge improvement for GOP public relations if they could just give up the reflexive scapegoating of anybody who isn’t white, Christian, male, purportedly heterosexual and extremely conservative.

    The problem for them is whenever something like this happens — a Supreme Court action that benefits someone who isn’t one of those categories I just listed — they immediately switch into denunciation mode, making like whoever it is will destroy everything good in existence. When in reality, if they can’t bring themselves to say something in support, the smart thing to do would be to say nothing.

    It’s not like the GOP base is going to vote for someone else. But no. Every time, it’s another excuse for several rounds of “Two Minutes Hate.” Over and over.

  • bud

    My mother loves Bill and thinks he is soooo smart. Wish mom a happy birthday; she’ll be 85 in a couple of weeks.

  • Thom Allen

    But their physical education teacher has the video.

  • That’s being generous.

  • That may be the average age they get when they poll on the subject, but Nielsen’s TV ratings say that the split of the Fox Noise audience during the time period of his show airing is pretty close to 50/50, half over the age of 64 and half under.

  • disqus_bxSc4SGLum

    How about ever?

  • Particularly the extremely homophobic ones. Seems like that particular form of gay male sex is all they ever think and obsess about.

  • That’s what they tell themselves.

  • nicho

    Young voters don’t watch these people. I was just reading a media report that said the average age — average age — of Bill O’Reilly’s audience was 72 years old. Any young person who does watch these things — my nephew comes to mind — is so brainwashed at this point, it doesn’t make any difference.

  • nicho

    Yeah, but they were both drunk and didn’t remember a thing the next day.

  • timncguy

    by total numbers alone (not percentages), there are for more straight couples engaging in anal sex than gay couples.

  • FLL

    2014 might be still too early for a genuine disaster for the GOP. Three factors work in favor of Republicans in 2014: the math in the Senate races; traditionally fewer progressive voters in midterm elections; a Democratic president is in his sixth year of office (the so-called “six year itch”). But none of those factors will save the Republicans in 2016.

    There was nothing but silence from congressional Republicans concerning yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to deny review to the same-sex marriage court cases. It looks like they’re getting nervous about the impending cataclysm in 2016, with more younger voters and Hispanic voters than ever. I would bet money that Jeb Bush advertises his Mexican-American wife to anyone who will listen. Pity Jeb Bush’s wife, a likely political prop. I wonder if Hispanic voters will be fooled. Probably not, taking into account Republican policy on immigration.

  • Rambie

    Like it happened only once…

  • FLL

    So true, but not just a closeted Kinsey-scale 6. The same applies for closeted bisexual men, and who knows what percentage of the population that accounts for.

  • “Little brother.” Is that what the kids are calling it nowadays?

  • HereinDC

    …..he could be Aaron Schock’s little brother.

  • Indigo

    They’re out to denounce, they’ve got nothing else going. It isn’t even sad anymore, it’s pathetic.

  • dcinsider

    It was the other way around, just sayin.

  • dommyluc

    Ben Shapiro: still feeling guilty about that blowjob he got from a gay friend in high school. Let it go, Little Republican Princess. Let it go.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Every time an independent, or young, voter watches Shapiro, Coulter, Limbaugh or Palin open their mouths, that voter runs for a Democratic ballot.

    I don’t think that’s giving them enough credit (Limbaugh anyway, and maybe Shapiro) — they’re slimy but can be persuasive even among some independents because they say things that some people want to believe are true.

  • You know who else does that too? Closeted gay men.

  • Vocally anti-gay.

    Far too young-looking for his age.

    Boyishly cute.

    A bit effete when he speaks.

    If I didnt know better….

  • Gindy51

    Palin and thought-leader should never be in the same sentence. She hasn’t had a thought of her own for over 2 decades.

  • John Masters

    Shapiro looks even younger than he is, and is kind of boyishly cute in that “Damien” sort of way, and he’s a stalwart Republican. See, this is a huge part of the Republican problem. They think if they can find one person who looks like the people they want to attract, that’s all it takes. Ben Carson, they think, gets them the black vote, Coulter the educated activist woman, Soccer Moms-Palin-Check; Younger voters-Shapiro-check.

    What the tea partier’s don’t get is that it isn’t enough to have a black man trying to attract black voters, or a young kid trying to attract young voters, they’ve got to be supporting positions those demographics support, but that they are blind to. Establishment Republicans do understand this, but they got in bed with the Koch’s and Bush’s Brain, and now they have a monster they can no longer control.

  • nicho

    My experience is that straight men think about, fantasize about, talk about, and engage in anal sex far more than any gay person I know.

  • Rambie

    They say this kind of crap because they can get away with it and it’s red-meat to a smaller-every-year portion of the GOP voting base.

    They ran the homophobic train as long as they could, but the GOP leadership knows it’s a loosing proposition for them now. They may not admit it, but they do. Some are going to try and sweep this under the rug so they can’t try and avoid the issue in 2016.

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