Straight Guy is off on a well-deserved vacation. Our guest straight guy columnist is Straight in Upstate, a frequent commenter on posts here. If you want to join in on the conversation --and we hope you will--just hit the comments link.
"I had my annual accidental conversation with a true Conservative last week in the Raleigh, NC, airport on my way home from vacation. I know a few Republicans and some small “c” conservatives, but I rarely run into a hard-core capital “C”. Okay, so I live in a bubble - I think it’s called “freedom of association.” Anyway, this gentleman brought up the presidential campaign and his disgust that the best this great nation could offer in presidential candidates is Obama and McCain. He said he’ll think long and hard before voting for McCain; he’s not just handing in a blank check, so to speak, to the Republican party.--Straight in Upstate
It raised a number of questions for me (a lapsed political science major): Is there a third-party Conservative, oiling the hinges on a campaign war chest, whom we haven’t heard about yet? How will this mood play out in McCain’s pick for vice-president? When is McCain going to start “butching up” for conservatives who don’t like him?
While I don’t have the answers (even if they’ve already appeared in Time and Newsweek - I haven’t been to my physician’s waiting room lately), I’m thinking it won’t bode well for GLBT folks and those who don’t think they’re evil incarnate. “Pander” isn’t just the Long Island name for a black and white Asian bear, it’s a ticket to the White House.
By September at the latest, and maybe early as July, we’ll hear a lot more about how gay marriage is destroying the fabric of the American family. Guess I’m just stupid - I thought it was screwing around on your spouse that did it.
Buckle up friends, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.