Fred Who? First Openly Gay Presidential Candidate Locked out of GOP Debate

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Fred Who? First Openly Gay Presidential Candidate Locked out of GOP Debate

What a week it was for major news last week! The White House stunned the world with its huge announcement that Osama Bin Laden was located and killed by an expert team of US Special Forces. This was followed by a weeklong debate about whether or not we should be celebrating the death of another person. Yet another debate ensued about whether or not the administration should release photos of Bin Laden’s bloody corpse. And, in other debate news, the GOP held its first debate of the Republican primaries and managed to successfully exclude Fred Karger, who is the first openly gay man to ever run for president in a major political party. Yes, indeed, quite a week it was!

Wait… hold on! What?? Fred Karger… the first ever openly gay candidate to run for President for a major party? Running as a Republican? The GOP excluded one of the only two officially declared candidates from the first debate? When did all of this happen? Who the hell is Fred Karger? Isn’t Gay and Republican an oxymoron?

Yes, indeed. These are all perfectly reasonable questions. And, they would have been answered had the event not been almost completely ignored. If you missed the headline, it is probably because virtually no one was covering it. The news about Osama Bin Laden’s death dominated the news last week to such an extent that the first GOP presidential debate took place last Thursday in Greenville, S.C. and no one but FOX “news” seemed to notice. Enthusiasm for the current slate of candidates is so lackluster that even the AP skipped coverage of the non-event.  

Despite the fact that I’m deeply disturbed by Fred Karger and conservative gays like him, I have to admit that this is historic–being the first out gay person to run for President in a major political party. Coincidentally, he was also the very first Republican to officially file and announce that he is running for president. These notable “firsts” should have been news. Additionally, the fact that the group sponsoring the debate–the South Carolina GOP–embarked upon a not-so-subtle campaign to purposely exclude him and lock him out of the debate is incredible. To me, this is news but I apparently missed the memo declaring it not worthy of discussion.

Fred Karger

Granted, this behavior from the GOP isn’t without precedent. But what it does is highlight the bigotry that undergirds the very fabric of the Republican Party. If you recall, Alan Keyes was purposely excluded from multiple debates during the 1996 and 2008 primaries. You may not recall, actually, because it was back in the day before the GOP realized it was useful to have token Blacks prominently on display. Way way way before Michael Steele, Herman Cain, and this incredible idiot. In all fairness, though, Alan Keyes is certifiably insane, so it was perfectly reasonable at the time and would be justifiable even now to lock him out of any debate. Karger, on the other hand, seems like a fairly sane guy as republicans go. There are some points of his platform that I agree with; he believes in a woman’s right to choose, that marijuana should be legalized and his stances on gay rights makes Obama look like a hater.



Comments [1]

Robin Rigby's picture

Hear, hear! I couldn't agree

Hear, hear! I couldn't agree with you more about how delusional these pathetic, self-loathing gay Republicans are.