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Howie unloads again, Kenny dodges gay questions

Truth-teller or unhinged – you decide.

You have to admire the straight-shooting approach, but over the last week he’s provided red meat for the Freepi. Mainstream Dems are already running for cover. Here’s some of what he’s had to say.

On Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Gov. Schwarzenegger has been a big disappointment to a lot of Californians … Americans are tired of politicians that break their promise, especially in an area like education … so I think there’s going to be a lot of questions about whether the governor really cares about average Californians.”

On Schwarzenegger’s endorsement of the Minutemen
: “This is why I don’t agree that there’s no difference between Republicans and Democrat … you would never have heard a Democrats talk like that … I think the Republicans are always like this. I remember (former Republican Gov.) Pete Wilson … got elected by victimizing immigrants. Republicans always divide people.”

On illegal immigration: “(Democrats) understand we have a border problem. But we think that if you enforce the laws you already have, the people who are already here … they haven’t broken any laws, they paid their taxes, a lot of them are paying into the Social Security system and getting nothing. Those people ought to be on a reasonable track toward citizenship.”

On past promises by Democratic officials to minority communities: “It does make a difference that we now have senior management that is African American (and minority) … which means we’re not going to have the white boys’ club make all the decision anymore. Everybody’s going to be included.”

On San Francisco politics: “It’s always a pleasure to come to San Francisco because I don’t look so liberal when I come to San Francisco.”

On the Democrats’ strategy for the 2008
: “We’re trying to resurrect this party. We’re going to be in every state. You’re not going to see any 18-state strategies. We’re going to be in places like Mississippi and Kansas and Idaho. We’re going to be in the Republican counties of California from now on; we’re not going to try to win by getting San Francisco and Oakland and Berkeley … we’re not going to sit around anymore. We are going to fight back. We haven’t been fighting back.”


While we’re on political party rhetoric, I missed posting about “I’m not saying whether I’m straight” RNC head Ken Mehlman‘s dodge-tastic appearance on Meet the Press. He couldn’t seem to give a clear answer on anything related to homos. Tim Russert seemed to take pleasure in pushing him for some answers. You can read the transcript here, and Crooks and Liars has the video. Mike Rogers over at BlogActive had this to say:

MTP’s RUSSERT: Do you believe homosexuality is a choice?
MEHLMAN: I don’t know the answer to that question.

Now, Ken, if you had declared your sexual orientation, gay or straight, publicly, we might actually believe you when you say you have no opinion as to whether being gay or straight is a choice. While you are perfectly comfortable having your spokesperson claim you are straight, is there a reason you can’t say it yourself? And yes, Ken, you did run the most homophobic presidential campaign in history, so yes, we do have the right to ask you if you’re gay.

The one time you talked to me personally on the phone, you refused to say “I am not gay” in fact all you could muster was an “I’m not that way” which sounds right out of the talking points of the “ex-gay” movement. Ken, if you’re really straight how come you just won’t say so? Are you trying to make the GOP such a bastion of gay rights that you won’t answer the question? Well, if that’s the case, then let’s see you endorse the Employment Non Discrimination Act for good measure.

Ever since Randi Rhodes said you were gay on national radio, I thought it might be a matter of time before you at least stood up for who you are.

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