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Mitt's the man for the cons at CPAC

This is the result of the straw poll at this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (a.k.a. Homophobia is Cool! conference):

Mitt Romney 21%
Rudy Giuliani 17%
Sam Brownback 15%
Newt Gingrich 14%
John McCain 12%

It’s nice to see what’s going on in the minds of CPACers, where Ann Coulter, who endorsed Mitt, received cheers for calling John Edwards a faggot. We all knew that the conservative movement is the haven for The Base, the folks who think that tossing “faggot” out there as a political jab is such a classy move, because it indicates 1) there’s something wrong with being gay; 2) it’s still in vogue in the conservative movement to ignore homophobia in its ranks. Jon Swift had this interesting observation (H/t, skippy):

Michelle Malkin, who is particularly vigilant against incivility in public discourse, also weighed in. “A smattering of laughter,” Michelle Malkin said, describing the reaction. “Not from this corner. Crickets chirping.” On the tape of Coulter’s remarks (available here in full), it’s a bit difficult to hear the crickets chirping over all the laughter and cheering, but it’s possible the microphones just weren’t sensitive enough to pick them up.

Now that we have seen the presidential preference of conference attendees (1,705 participated in the poll), I wholeheartedly hope that GOP voters select Mitt as the ticket-topper.

Romney

Mitt Romney is an interesting choice for the CPAC crowd because he really does know both sides of the fence when it comes to homobigotry. As the quote in little graphic above shows, Mitt version 1.0 was quite — gasp — progressive (“I’ll be better than Ted [Kennedy] for gay rights”); he also supported ENDA back in the day and thought marriage was a matter left to the states, and that gays should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts. Gee, sounds almost like some of the current Dems running to me…

Even more incredible is the fact that Mitt 1.0 cited his Mormon faith as his basis for fighting for gay rights issues:

“When I speak of free agency, I don’t just mean that each person can do what they want to do, I mean that our society should allow people to make their own choices and live by their own beliefs,” said Romney. “People of integrity don’t force their beliefs on others, they make sure that others can live by different beliefs they may have. That’s the great thing about this country: it was founded to allow people to follow beliefs of their own conscience. I will work and have worked to fight discrimination and to assure each American equal opportunity.”

My my, how things have changed with Mittbot version 2.0, the darling of this weekend’s CPAC.

Coulter-endorsed Mitt 2.0.

* Voters should define civil rights: “Who’s going to tell us what a civil right is and what’s not? Well, the people will.”

* He’s appalled that gays are having kids: they “are actually having children born to them. … It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact. Every child has a right to a mother and a father.” He also wanted to exempt religious organizations from the Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws so that homos couldn’t adopt.

* No relationship recognition: I’m going to want to see a marriage limited to a man and a woman.  I don’t want to see civil union either.”

And we all know the list goes on and on of his “conversion” to good conservative with freshly minted opposition to extending rights to gays, including his retraction of support for ENDA.

As Susan Ryan-Vollmar of Bay Windows noted in November 2006, the transparent pandering and flip-flopping will continue to follow him:

It’s one thing to be a homophobe out of ignorance. It’s another to be a homophobe for political gain…Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether Romney is a bigot. Because he’s an opportunist who’s more than happy to take advantage of the bigotry of others.

He sure did. Take a look at his “repudiation” of Coulter’s F-Bomb after the excrement hit the fan:

“It was an offensive remark. Gov. Romney believes all people should be treated with dignity and respect.”

Yeah, I feel like I just took a refreshing dignity shower.

Related:
* John Amaechi speaks out about Ann Coulter and ‘faggot’
* Coulter’s ‘faggot’: Dems miss the point (again)
* HRC Does Democratic Party Dirty Work Attacking Coulter’s CPAC Appearance
* Ann Coulter Drops the F Bomb at CPAC

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