Hill, when asked whether homosexuality was immoral yesterday, said this:
“Well, I’m going to leave that to others to conclude.” She added, “I’m very proud of the gays and lesbians I know who perform work that is essential to our country, who want to serve their country, and I want make sure they can.”She later in the day issued a statement saying she was against the hateful statements of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Peter Pace about gays being immoral. But the mental pause, in which she was either too tired or too unsure to calculate what answer would be best for her polling, is obviously what's upsetting here. She might as well have said, "well, we haven't written that talking point yet."
We're all for our president being a cold, calculating bitch. But we also want a president who actually believes in some things, even some controversial things. Even George Bush would have had an honest answer to that question.
We're sure this, like everything that happens so early, will get buried by events in the months to come. Most people will forget, but we have a feeling the gays will remember. Many of us are one-issue voters, and if there's another Democratic candidate who stands squarely with us, no matter how many HRC dinners she goes to, she won't win the vote.
We still have entire episodes of "Hey Dude" memorized, lady. Us gays? We never forget.
UPDATE: Hillary just put this up on her website:
"I have heard from many of my friends in the gay community that my response
yesterday to a question about homosexuality being immoral sounded evasive. My
intention was to focus the conversation on the failed don't ask don't tell
policy. I should have echoed my colleague Senator John Warner's statement
forcefully stating that homosexuality is not immoral because that is what I
OMG! We're totally Hillary's friends!