New Republic editor James Kirchick has written a provocative piece in The Advocate detailing alleged anti-gay incidents or remarks, in his view, of various liberals including former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, Gov. Bill Richardson, Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., and others.
Citing comments made by former Ambassador Joe Wilson, and Sen. Barack Obama’s tour with "cured" gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, among others, Kirchick hammers "an attitude among straight liberals for whom gay rights is not a signature issue" who, "in the course of political debate they have the opportunity to denigrate gays for political advantage (or are forced to contend with a gay person who does not share their views), they won’t think twice about saying things that, were they to come out of the mouth of a conservative, would immediately be labeled ‘homophobic’.”
He posits the hypothetical: what if Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had confessed to being “not comfortable” around “those people" (a charge made about Edwards by his former adviser Bob Shrum, though Edwards denies it), handed a microphone to Donnie McClurkin (as Obama did), "cast aspersions about the sexuality of political opponents" (a liberal pundit) "or just openly called someone a ‘fruitcake,’" (Stark) "the denunciations from liberals would be swift and unforgiving. Yet Democrats in particular and liberals more broadly always get a pass."
What say you?