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    October 24, 2007

    HRC hauls water for HRC

    Posted by: Chris

    Hillaryjoe Just when you think the Human Rights Campaign couldn't do anything more to sully its credibility, Joe Solmonese manages to find yet another way. Hot on the heels of Barack Obama's "ex-gay" gospel singer flap, HRC has decided to haul water for "the other HRC" -- Hillary Rodham Clinton -- and make sure the story has legs.

    D.C. newspaper The Hill is reporting that HRC is threatening Obama's campaign with "a public demand if Obama did not immediately cancel" his campaign's "Embrace the Change" gospel tour through South Carolina.  Scheduled to appear at the event is Donnie McClurkin, a popular black gospel singer who claims he was "cured" of homosexuality through prayer.

    Never mind that Obama isn't even appearing at the event, or that influential conservative black Christians like McClurkin and Mary Mary are supporting a candidate with the strongest gay rights record ever with a serious shot at the White House.  For Solmonese and the other HRC flaks jockeying for resume opportunities in a Hillary White House, those details are irrelevant.

    Of course by going public with the "threat" -- The Hill story cites unnamed sources -- HRC has already inflicted the damage before the Obama campaign even decides what to do.  It's the kind of dirty politics that Mr. Hillary Clinton has always practiced, so no surprise there.

    Fortunately for Obama, HRC (the group)'s credibility is already completely shot in the Democratic primary.  We have known for a long time now that "the fix was in" at HRC for the other HRC.  It's about time the whole thing came out of the closet.

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    1. Andoni on Oct 24, 2007 11:38:57 AM:

      Smells bad.

      HRC is either stupid in dealing with Obama .... or wily smart in dealing with Clinton. You DO NOT give public ultimatums to presidential candidates. (See politics 101).

      But now that the Human Rights Campaign has demanded that Obama dump McClurkin, Obama has no choice. He has to keep him. If he dumps McClurkin, it would open him up to the charge of pandering to the gay lobby. To allow a small constituency to dictate what you do, instead of relying on your stated broad principles of how you will govern, would show weakness as well as being controlled by a special interest group.

      Obama has to keep McClurkin ..... or (a very unlikely second scenario) McClurkin has to publicly disavow his views and say he has seen the light and owes it to Barack for helping him see truth.

      For Obama to tell the gay community that he is not bowing to them may actually enhance his image in the eyes of the overall electorate..... i.e. he will not be bullied around by a special interest group.

      If Obama stands up against the Human Rights Campaign ultimatum......and as a result gets gains respect for doing so, look for other gay friendly Democratic candidates to set up a straw situations, simply to go against what the gay lobby wants, just to show independence.

      Going to the mat with Obama on this one could be a mistake HRC and gay blogesphere may regret they ever started. We may see a whole slew of candidates trying to defy us, simply for the sake of demonstrating that they are independent of us.

      Let's see what happens.

    1. Jack Jett on Oct 24, 2007 1:42:37 PM:

      While I don't agree with
      Obama jumping in bed with the Mary Mary and Sistah Donnie, I think HRC is way ...way out of line to get involved in this. It will create a backlash that will give the right wingers a new platform.

      It is clearly a pot/kettle issue.

      Does Joe Solomese have a boss? How does he get away with this sh*t?

      Jack Jett

    1. North Dallas Thirty on Oct 24, 2007 1:57:54 PM:

      Please. Given HRC's support of FMA- and state-constitutional-amendment-supporting Democrats ( http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2007/02/lets-see-if-we-can-follow-bouncing.html , http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001999067_kerrygay07.html ) for them to demand that someone else stop supporting "homophobes" is the height of rampant hypocrisy.

      And Andoni, we could only hope. I keep thinking there is some level of personal humiliation and degradation beyond which most gay people would rebel; it might not have been when HRC supported FMA supporters and state constitutional amendment supporters as "pro-gay" and "gay-supportive", but we can at least fantasize that it will be when the candidates to whom the gays have given millions of dollars start publicly using them as punching bags.

    1. Double T on Oct 24, 2007 7:22:16 PM:

      Chris, the way you hate the good people over at HRC saddens me. One, after HRC’s support of the Black community(Jena 6), it is only fair that they should bring the “Embrace the Change” nonsense to Mr. Obama’s attention. Two, you have no idea who leaked this story. It could have been the Obama campaign to justify doing nothing. Let’s not just to conclusions, HRC is trying very hard to give everyone a “fair shake”.

      And are you really worried what Donnie McClurkin and the Conservatives think about HRC? Please!!!

      And “Mr. Hillary Clinton”. Many of your reader jump all over me saying I just come to this site to bait people. Now who’s baiting who?

      And why the rush to judgment? “The Fix was In”? What?!!?! You’re out on thin ice.

      HRC = Heroes Rescuing the Community

    1. North Dallas Thirty on Oct 25, 2007 4:07:59 AM:

      Glad to know you support HRC and their support of FMA supporters and state constitutional amendment supporters, Double T.

      And that's why this is hilarious; HRC and their ilk are screaming about "homophobic bigotry" in the black community while handing money and endorsements to the likes of FMA supporter Harold Ford.

    1. Double T on Oct 25, 2007 11:48:42 AM:

      NDT, as you can see from Today's post (Obama's ex-gay sideshow semi-resolved)
      Obama's campaign is taking HRC seriously.

      I don't know that HRC gave money to H.Ford.

      Oh, B-T-W, H Rosen is not HRC.

      And it almost seems like you're, dare I say, lying?
      Because when I look at HRC's scorecard on Ford, I see it going down. Perhaps you don't understand how it works. When the numbers go down, that's NOT an endorsement.

      I hope this helps and have a great day. :-)

    1. North Dallas Thirty on Oct 26, 2007 8:11:40 PM:

      Obama's loss, then, since all he need do is to point out that HRC and its leaders have no problem supporting people whose ideas they now blast as "homophobic".

      And Hilary Rosen is not HRC? You could have fooled me, since she led the organization, handpicked its current President, and plasters her affiliation with it on everything she does as a lobbyist.

      Of course, the reason she can get away with it is because of gays would rather spin and rationalize than acknowledge they are hypocrites who support candidates who espouse exactly the same attitudes they blast in others as "homophobic".

    1. Double T on Oct 28, 2007 9:32:32 AM:

      Ford opposed gay marriage because he needed to survive politically, not because he’s “homophobic". Talk about playing the gay card.

      Not everyone in the gay community supports gay marriage. Does that make them all “homophobic".

      And what about all of the other HRC board members. Rosen has them all bound and gagged in a backroom?

      And for your information, Joe S. wasn’t hand picked by Rosen.

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