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Sapphocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-29-07 05:02 PM
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102. I don't think he's "the worst person in the world" at all.
Nor do I see him as my enemy. But his willing blindness to the pain and damage he has caused is very much my enemy.

Obama has a great deal to learn about LGBT Americans before he can even dream of leading us -- beginning with the fact that we have extremely long memories. (Throw out the names Anita Bryant, Dan White, or even Chik-Fil-A, and every LGBT person with even the mildest interest in his or her own history will react, strongly.)

So, while there are many Obama supporters who will continue to support him, the damage he's done to his own credibility in the LGBT community is significant, and I believe irreparable.

If Obama was merely trying to "reach out," then, as someone on DU said, he overreached. But I find that giving him the benefit of the doubt, on the idea that this was simply a miscalculation and not a deliberate slap in the face to LGBTs, is a generous opinion whose popularity is shrinking rapidly. With each new revelation (and I continue to be stunned by the apparent bottomlessness of this pile of doo-doo he keeps sinking in), the feeling is increasing that ditching-the-gays was most certainly a carefully planned strategy -- which, unfortunately for Obama, resulted in enormous blowback.

The end result: He has destroyed our trust. That's going to be very difficult for him to ever regain, if he can. But before he can, he has to understand why this blew up in his face. Until he gets it, on a visceral level -- in his gut -- he can't even dream of being the "President for all Americans."

P.S. Yes, Rove must be laughing his face off -- Obama took a page right out of the Rove playbook: exploit homophobia to win votes. That works for the Republican Party, whose gay members are too cowed to do anything but thank their masters for the moldy crumbs occasionally tossed their way. Gay Democrats -- thank God -- are an entirely different breed.

You may not like what we have to say, but would you respect us if we willingly took our seats at the back of the bus, without putting up one hell of a fight?
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