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Friday, July 18, 2003


Jingo All The Way

posted by Trammell at Friday, July 18, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
In a post from a couple of weeks ago, I made the point that the GOP and the neo-cons' hands-off approach to LGBT issues would crumble with Howard Dean in the race -- and that ultimately, this would be a plus for us. Already, most of the Dems are supporting civil unions, which would not have happened without Dean in the top-tier. And so the attacks begin....

New White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan' office attacked ABC News correspondent Jeffrey Kofman for being gay and -- gasp! -- Canadian. The shame of the nation, I tell ya. Why? Because he had the unmitigated gall to report on the horrible troop morale in Iraq. And with Frist as the designated attack dog (strange choice, I think) on even the specter of gay marriage they will continue to ratchet up their attacks. Already, they are trying to distort civil unions and re-label them "gay marriage." Eventually, I believe they will take it far too far into Buchanan 1992 land. The Radical Right won't have it any other way.

Read more with links and a hillarious Bill Frist quote here.

UPDATE: Rove must have forced Scott McClellan into a seizure, who in turn must have taken Drudge's head off. Drudge seems to have pulled the story off his site completely. I've searched for any trace of the story and it is gone. Thanks again for the scoop, Mister Grove. If anyone finds a link, please let me know!

RETALIATION BEGINS: This story from the SF Chronicle regarding Pentagon retaliation against GIs who spoke out to the media. I shouldn't be shocked, but I am. I sincerely hope that Howard Dean denounces this behavior towards our over-taxed troops that have been lied to repeatedly by Rummy & Co.


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