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Thursday, November 20, 2003


Looking For Sister Souljah (reg. req.)

posted by Dana at Thursday, November 20, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Lisa Chamberlain sends us this, from Salon

In 1992, Bill Clinton slapped down a minor rap star in order to demonstrate to white Americans that, despite being their favorite candidate, he could stand up to African-Americans. Since the Republicans are going to make gay marriage an issue in the presidential election, and since Dean is vulnerable on the subject, thanks to the civil unions law he signed in Vermont, I hereby invite Dean to pull a "Sister Souljah" on us. My suggestion, Howard: In a speech in San Francisco, slap down all those irresponsible gay men who are spreading HIV, whether through malice or negligence, which would play to your strengths as a doc and get you condemned by most of the gay media. Gay voters don't read the gay media, so you don't need to worry.

Does Howard Dean need to do a "Sister Souljah" on his gay supporters? I don't know. Discuss.


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