The Republicans are in a big nasty fight over the "heart and soul" of their party. See, even with the moderate John McCain as their presidential candidate, and all the licking of the boots of the Christian right as evidenced by the nomination of Sarah Palin... the Republicans can't seem to figure out what to do with themselves.
Along comes former Ohio Secretary of State and once-gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell to "save the day."
Is this a joke? Really?
The Raw Story reminds, at least this blogger, of reasons why Blackwell is no good for the job of the RNC Party Chairman:
But his past may yet come back to haunt him. As Ohio's Secretary of State, he was instrumental in passing Ohio's gay marriage ban amendment, and he let some of his personal feelings slip in 2006 in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch. Blackwell told the interviewer that being gay was like having a compulsion -- for instance, he said, a penchant for arson or kleptomania.Honestly, at this point, Sarah Palin sounds like a better choice to run the Republicans, no? It's sad, really, seeing as how Mr. Blackwell is something like one of three higher ranking black Republican officials, and with the Log Cabin Republicans out of cash, it seems like good time to make a big change for progressive policies in the party.
"I think [homosexuality] is a transgression against God's law, God's will," he said. "The reality is, again...that I think we make choices all the time. And I think you make good choices and bad choices in terms of lifestyle. Our expectation is that one's genetic makeup might make one more inclined to be an arsonist or might make one more inclined to be a kleptomaniac. Do I think that they can be changed? Yes."
I'm sure there are millions of other reasons why Mr. Blackwell shouldn't be on top of that party... what are yours?
Thanks to Michelangelo Signorile for posting the entire transcript of the Blackwell interview.