Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mitt Romney Walks Into a Gay Veteran...

Mitt Romney is also not ashamed to admit he is a Christian...the anti-gay rights rhetoric kind (but aren't they all? Le sigh). So it got a bit awkward when he casually approached what he hoped would be a supportive war hero this last weekend...

Romney spotted a man in uniform at a local restaurant in New Hampshire and bellowed out, "Vietnam veteran!". What he didn't know at the time was that the man, 63 year old Bob Garon, was having dinner with his husband. And then of course Garon had to ask the obvious "What's your views on marriage rights for gays?". It doesn't take a genius to know how this conversation was going to go. Sour. I kinda feel bad for the guy (Romney, not Garon - even though Garon and his partner were the ones disturbed at dinner). Romney doesn't have the personality or human understanding to handle this sort of surprise. He, like many of the GOP of his generation, simply stiffened and clearly wanted out of what could only be an awkward situation for him.

I wonder how Gingrich would have handled this. Probably worse (how does that guy seem to yell, scream, say insane things, run up serious debt, f-up his own party so badly, cheat on several women and still charm the pants off of everyone???). I also wonder how Michelle Bachman would have handled the same scenario. I wonder if Romney would have handled this differently if he had it to do over again? If he thought about it later...

But the most surprising thing for me is that his behavior is seen here as just one more shining moment for the GOP, not one where he is singled out as a Mormon. His party just can't seem to fully accept him for his faith, but he walks the same walk, talks the same talk and shells out the same rhetoric as the 99% of them. This could have been a moment for him to soften, to look this man in the eye and see his needs as a human, as a Christian should. And to listen. But it's just not in him, not just as a Mormon or a mainstream Christian, but as a white, male Republican.

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