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Obama Campaign Calls On Clinton’s Gays

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Barack Obama’s gay push continues.

In addition to releasing a gay pride message yesterday, the Senator’s campaign last night organized an impromptu conference call for about 1200 Democratic supporters. While ostensibly meant to inform the Democratic candidate’s constituents, the call served another, far more important purpose: rallying Senator Hillary Clinton’s supporters.

In fact, the former contender’s name arose within seconds of the call’s commencement, when Obama’s deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand began, “It is a very important time for our country, our party, for Senator Obama and Senator Clinton.”

Hildebrand, a gay man who has been with Obama since the beginning of this arduous campaign, went on to highlight how exciting, challenging and, yes, painful the primary season has been for all voters, regardless of their preferred candidate.

Now that Obama has clinched the Democratic nomination, however, the Senator’s campaign must do everything in its power to rally the gay troops ahead of November’s election. And, obviously, it won’t be easy and it happen over night, nor does the campaign expect such a turn around. Said Hildebrand:

We know that there are a lot of people who have supported Senator Clinton who are on the call with us today and we greatly appreciate that. We know that each of you will take your time to wrap your head around the situation, to hopefully join Barack in his venture moving forward at whatever point you are comfortable doing so. We certainly recognize the pain that goes with some of this, but know that you have a welcome home here that we need your help, that we want your help. We will take it whenever you are ready should you get to that point.

In order to stress the message of unity – and prove the campaign’s gay chops – Hildebrand then turned the call over to Elizabeth Birch, the former HRC executive director who lent her support to Clinton’s campaign.

In perhaps the most emotional explanation we’ve heard on the matter, Birch explained the significance of this election in her family, which includes two biracial twins, a girl and a boy. Said Birch, “…From the beginning had to be careful about how wildly enthusiastic we were about Hillary Clinton because, quite frankly, my little boy looks like Obama. So, it was complex and emotional.”

While well aware of the emotions involved, even Birch couldn’t predict her reaction to Clinton’s defeat, which she equated with the pain of watching the fall of a “vanquished warrior”:

I thought that I had been pretty hardened by Washington all these years and on the night June 3rd, I was in San Francisco…and I burst into tears and I was so upset. It was a painful moment and it was acute and I hadn’t expected it.

Birch went on to explain the “heartbreak” of women everywhere, who had a long-sought dream deferred. Despite this pain, however, Birch pledged her support to another dream, one that bridges generations, genders and races:

I know, deep, deep in my heart, that it is just as important for my kids to see a woman take the helm as it is for them to see a gifted, wise, strong, very effervescent powerful man like Barack Obama, who is black and white, like them, take a leadership role in this country. So what I wanted to say is congratulations to all of you who have worked for Senator Obama, and to ask for your patience at least from me. This won’t happen in hours, but it will happen in days and we will be able to turn our hearts over to the other equally important dream.

Birch concluded her remarks by reminding listeners that Republican John McCain represents a sad continuation of the Bush Administration’s irresponsible governance. And that doesn’t bode well for queer Americans.

Birch wasn’t the only HRC honcho on the line. The gay non-profit’s president, Joe Solmonese, who just yesterday lent his organization’s support to Obama, got on the line to celebrate Senator Clinton’s long commitment to queer causes, but made sure to emphasize that Obama has just as much love for the lavender set. Recalling Obama’s pro-gay speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Solmonese stressed that, unlike John McCain, Obama includes gays in his picture of a new America:

He has a vision for America that includes us. This is a man who looks across the landscape of what he calls the unlikely story that is America and he sees us. He sees that we are part of the fabric of America and he has told me, he has told me himself on a number of occasions, that he sees it as his calling to bring disparate groups of people in this country together toward common goals and he does it at every opportunity.

Further, Obama’s popularity among young voters, who largely support gay marriage, only bodes well in the November election, when millions of California and Florida voters will weigh in on banning gay marriage in their respective states. Only Obama can lead our nation during this “transformative” period – and it’s up to gay voters to back his presidential bid. If people turn to McCain, says Solmonese, the results could be disastrous.

Obama’s camp also booked former John Edwards supporter David Mixner, who spent his limited time describing how Obama’s campaign welcomed him after Edwards dropped out of the race this spring. Mixner, a long time advocate and author, also put this race into a larger perspective:

[This is] probably for the first time since the 1992 convention, we have an extraordinary opportunity to make history as a community. We have four months to do it, so we must gather and unite in our opposition to McCain and in an opportunity to really create something special in this country – not only for the country, but for ourselves and future generations of LGBT people.

In addition to the cheerleading from this powerful and influential leaders, Hildebrand also spent some time outlining the campaign’s 50-state strategy, which has largely been modeled after the Democratic National Committee’s electoral plans.

“Hundreds” of offices will be set up across the nation, not just key battleground states and, in an effort to bring different constituencies together, DNC gay leader Brian Bond, who did not speak on the call, will be moving from DC to Chicago to head up the campaign’s constituency outreach. This move proves two things: one, Obama’s campaign has successfully won over the DNC and, more importantly, they’re committed to installing gay leaders in key positions, a move that will no doubt help boost public opinion among queer communities.

Now, regular readers know that we would normally be skeptical of such efforts, we heard two distinct emotions in every speaker’s voice: dedication and desperation. The Obama campaign clearly understands the danger of losing gay supports – and gay supporters should equally recognize the danger of missing out on Obama.

It would be a real indictment of America’s collective understanding and responsibility if we missed this historic, culturally explosive opportunity. Our country was built on oppression. By working together, we can potentially right some egregious wrongs. The Obama campaign understands that – and so should you.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jun 7, 2008
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  • 55 Comments
    • Daniel
      Daniel

      This is the beginning of a long and hard fight to win back this country from the right wing zealots who sought to destory us. Regardless of whom you supported in the primaries, we must unite behind Senator Obama. Unlike McCain, he will give us a seat at the table of this country. He is already making those efforts in his own campaign. Also, between Senator Obama and McCain, Senator Obama is the only one who mentions us in his stump speeches including in churches. Let’s change the course and stop the bombing on our community in 08.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stenar
      Stenar

      I will not vote for Obama. I’m going to write in Hillary Clinton. Even though she cannot win with write-in votes, my vote will be symbolic. I still believe Obama is not a good candidate for president.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 4:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dray
      Dray

      A least Obama presents some hope…far more then McCain. I think we should give the guy a chance.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 4:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dray
      Dray

      I think by making Obama the next President of the US, does send a clear message of change to the rest of the world.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charley
      Charley

      Why wasn’t Obama on the conference call ? And why was it a call and not a public gathering with Obama speaking in front of LGBT’s?
      I’m for Obama, but this is more closeted examples of how we are not really authentic in the eyes of Obama’s overall campaign.
      Something organized by a gay man in his campaign and preaching to the choir doesn’t really make it for me. I want universal Obama campaign recognition.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charley
      Charley

      (continued) for the dignity of our gay brothers and sisters.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      Charley, I’m gonna go out on a limb + assume that it was a conference call because that’s a convenient + inexpensive way to reach several people all over w/o them having to travel to one location. That’s why people use conference calls, basically.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael Duquette
      Michael Duquette

      I will die before I vote for Obama. I will more than likely vote for McCain or pencil in Hillary’s name. I live in Texas, it’s not like it matters. I do believe Hillary could have turned Texas blue this November. It’s a sad sad week indeed.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charley
      Charley

      FREDO
      I understand that. But where was Obama’s campaign manager, David Axelrod? Can’t even join a conference call ?

      Jun 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      I don’t know, probably very busy. Perhaps you should ask him.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CitizenGeek
      CitizenGeek

      Michael Duquette,

      Are you serious? I know you’re upset about Clinton losing to Obama, but don’t go deluding yourself thinking that Hillary could have won Texas. Besides, the popular vote there was split more or less evenly between herself and Obama and Obama even won the caucuses there.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 24play
      24play

      Michelle’s “Whitey” tape just hit the Web. Shit!

      http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=10570

      Jun 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Elaine D
      Elaine D

      One proud lesbian who will NEVER vote for BO.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 10:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeff
      Jeff

      Wow. I understand there is a lot of anger and frustration by the supporters of Hillary because their candidate did not win the primary. But wouldn’t you rather her leading the charge to implement universal health care and be assured that BO would appoint judges at all levels who support equality and civil rights and not overturn Roe v. Wade?

      No matter how much you may dislike BO, if McCain wins, he will appoint judges who will DENY and overturn victories the GLBT community has made and overturn Roe v. Wade. This will impact all of us for decades to come.

      Jun 7, 2008 at 11:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Todd
      Todd

      I have never seen such a group of sore losers – boo hoo, Hillary lost. GET OVER IT! I supported Hillary, too (as much as I could in Central America, anyway) but will vote (absentee) for Obama this fall, it’ll make your heads spin! Do you REALLY believe that McCain will do a better job than Obama? I hope you get your undies out of their collective twists before November. Do the words ‘party loyalty’ have any significant meaning to you? This isn’t the junior high school sweetheart dance coronation that your best friend lost. THIS IS THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY, folks! Holy shit…this just makes me nuts, as some of you might have picked up on.

      As you were.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 12:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan

      Sheeple Dray said “I think by making Obama the next President of the US, does send a clear message of change to the rest of the world.”

      It has! The world knows now that, according to Obama, Israel is sacrosanct, Iran will be bombed (probably by Israel with one of it’s 150+, illegally gained, nuclear ware heads) and that the US is actually a province of Israel!

      I just hope that, should Iran be bombed, Iran, Russia and China will retaliate, with an almighty bang that reverberates around this planet, against whoever is the originator of the bombing!

      And, secondly, that the world will shun the US until it has punished and rid itself of the dual citizenship criminals and slave-master who determine US foreign policy (amongst others), run it’s Federal Reserve Bank (Rothschild private Bank) and head it’s Department of home security (an Israeli citizen). This might be a good idea whether Iran gets bombed or not!

      BTW. McCain is an Obama in another cloaking. They are both remote controlled by those who shun the light! I think the people of the US will, very soon, rue the fact that they did not take the unique opportunity to vote for Ron Paul as president!

      Jun 8, 2008 at 7:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan

      @ Charley “Why wasn’t Obama on the conference call ? And why was it a call and not a public gathering with Obama speaking in front of LGBT’s?”

      I think he and Hilary were preparing for the Bilderberg meeting (where the few decide for the sheeple on how best to harvest planet earth and how to have the most fun doing it).

      Jun 8, 2008 at 7:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Karl
      Karl

      Was in on the call, and I am very excited about the meaning of the Obama campaign for the LGBT community. WE need to do everything possible to elect President Obama.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 8:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • emb
      emb

      I am SO tired of hearing people announce “I will never vote for Obama; if it’s not Hillary, I’ll vote for McCain.”

      I mean, honestly: If these people are so politically shallow and superficial that their vote is tied to a person and not a set of issues, then they’re probably repubs to begin with (since I assume that personality-cults tend to occur in nonprogressive movements for the most part).

      Hillary was a fine candidate, representing progressive ideas. She did that poorly, made some surprising political mistakes, and suffered from the baggage of 8 years of her husband’s presidency, which — while infinitely better than Bush — was a mixed bag. So she lost.

      Obama represents virtually the idential progressive ideas as Hillary, so if a voter is actually voting on a rational political basis then it’s a no-brainer. Disappointed that your candidate lost? Sure. But SHE’S gotten over it, why can’t you?

      If someone is truly progressive, voting for McCain doesn’t enter the equation. Voting for McCain because Hillary’s not the candidate, or writing her in, is a silly, self-important, immature response to a serious political decision.

      The Obama-hating Hillaryites have had more than enough time to vent their frustrations; it’s time to move on.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 11:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chadnnocal
      chadnnocal

      If Obama had won the nomination fairly and without the DNC party having to devalue the votes of the citizens of FL and MI, I would have voted for him. The way it stands today we have no candidate that has the experience or integrity at a time when we need it most.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      Obama did win the nom fairly. It isn’t his fault they held their primaries when they weren’t supposed to.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chandler in lasvegas
      chandler in lasvegas

      Any gay vote for McCain is a vote against your self interest no matter how much you think otherwise.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charley
      Charley

      Fredo777 wrote
      “I don’t know, probably very busy. Perhaps you should ask him.”

      Thanks for sending me his e-mail address and a letter of indroduction to the campaign, also Michelle’s and Obama’s address. I am sure they are all LGBT friendly, but are hesitant and just don’t know what to say right now. They are leaving it up to the so called “gay leaders” to organize and send money, then they will thank them in private, and move on.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 6:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anthony Veneziano
      Anthony Veneziano

      Why Barack Obama has no choice but to invite Hillary Clinton to join the ticket.

      It’s done. Hillary has conceded and thrown her support behind Obama with all the zeal and earnestness we expected. Beyond the mixed emotions I was experiencing, sadness at the end of all our shared aspirations with Hillary, and a new delicate hope that we could be about to put a democratic president in the White House, I was finally and ultimately struck by the history of the moment, as I think Hillary was.

      Today on the floor of Washington’s National Building Museum I was watching a person who had come full circle, a woman who had come full circle, and who finally embraced her womanhood. Yes, Hillary Rodham Clinton came smashing out of the closet as a woman and it felt great all around,
      “As we gather here today in this historic, magnificent building, the 50th woman to leave this Earth is orbiting overhead. If we can blast 50 women into space, we will someday launch a woman into the White House.”
      She went on to say, “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it… and the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time”
      When history looks back it may be at this point that people really get a true sense of who Hillary is, it may even be the point where Hillary got a true sense of whom she is, a woman who ran for president.

      Early on in her campaign she expressed discomfort about running as a woman; at early campaign rallies she often would say, “I’m not running because I am a woman, but because I think I am best suited to get the job done.”

      Hillary has proven herself an exceedingly strong woman, one who forged a successful career and a public persona on terrain that has been unwelcomingly male. Not surprisingly the Hillary who ended her presidential bid today, was not the Hillary who began it. It wasn’t until the first blow was dealt in Iowa, jolting her, and the first tear that flowed in New Hampshire humanized her, making her seem real, accessible and perhaps vulnerable for the first time. Yes, women cry and also get things done and make tough decisions.

      It could be argued that the damage to her presidential bid was done in 2002 when Hillary voted for the resolution authorizing President Bush to take military action in Iraq. I believed then and I believe now she calculatingly made that decision to send a message to all Americans that a woman, could make the tough decisions a Commander-in-Chief had to when called upon. Of course that very decision may have been the beginning of the end for her presidential aspirations because it really is the wedge which allowed Obama to get a foothold in this race.

      We will never know if things would have turned out differently if Hillary was able to embrace her femininity as well as her masculinity in this campaign from the beginning, but of course that is the very disabling and inhibiting nature of sexism.

      What was evident to me though as I reviewed all of Hillary’s accomplishments throuhout her long career, and her seemingly longer run for the democratic nominee, from being the first First Lady to run for president, to garnering the most popular votes in a primary for any candidate ever to run, is the truly groundbreaking road she paved for all other women who follow.

      As I was experiencing the full emotion of the moment it dawned on me, no it smashed me in the face, the realization that Barack Obama now has but one choice to make, and that is the choice to invite Hillary to join him on the ticket, because it is now up to this one man to further the cause of feminism and humanism all in one fell swoop. Hillary would be the first ever woman vice-president, over qualified for the job, but with the potential not only to use the position to restore a democratic president to the White House but to also, and just as importantly, put another huge crack in that glass ceiling, no, a skylight, a beacon, a blinding message to all democrats and republicans, women and men, that as Hillary said today “there are no acceptable limits and no acceptable prejudices in our country in the 21st Century”.

      I call on you Barack Obama to now do what only you can do. Choose Hillary as your running mate, and do what is best for all democrats and all women in America. You are proudly making history for all African – Americans and you hold it in your power to make history for every woman in this country as well, white and black, and every proud color in between. To not do so Senator Obama is unconscionable and undemocratic.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 8:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Notecarder
      Notecarder

      Ladies, be sure to bring your coat hangers when you pull that lever for John McCain.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 9:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • emb
      emb

      Anthony that was very touching and thoughtful. However, we have an election to win here, not just a point to make about equality and goodness and purity. I think we need to let Obama pick whomever he (and the dem strategists) think will be most likely to help defeat McCain in November. If that’s Hillary, hooray. But let’s not all get ready to have another pissfit if HC is not selected as VP. I’m not sure about where all those “Hillary’s accomplishments throuhout her long career”, when her relevant “career” boils down to being First Lady, leading a terrible National Healthcare strategy, and serving in the Senate for a term and a smidge–marginally more than Obama, but let’s not get carried away.

      However, for all that your argument was thorough and well thought-out. I just fear another “taking-our-marbles-and-going-home” backlash like we just went (are going) through if we make too many demands and conditions at this point. No other candidate for president has had a VP choice dictated, neither should Obama.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 10:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan

      @ Anthony –

      Messiah For Change, Barack Obama
      Bilderberg boys will decide who’s Obama’s “chosen” Veep

      By Judi McLeod Friday, June 6, 2008

      Obama and the BilderbergAlthough coming on like a freight train as the Messiah For Change, Barack Obama’s just another poodle of the powerbrokers when it comes to who will be his Veep.

      Visit to Mrs. Clinton notwithstanding, Obama’s in no position to play favours in the vice president department, the big boys will decide who fills that slot.

      “It has been announced that Bilderberg luminary and top corporate elitist James A. Johnson will select Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s running mate for the 2008 election and in turn potentially act as a kingmaker for America’s future president.” (Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet, May 23, 2008)……

      http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3395

      Jun 8, 2008 at 11:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      I could be wrong, Charley, but did you expect me to send you their contact info.?

      Jun 8, 2008 at 11:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      The first viable African American candidate for the presidency of The United States but he’s candidacy should not be “about equality and goodness and purity”, why is this not surprising to those of us who are not Hussein Koolaid drinkers. The above comment is sadly very common among the supporters of this empty slate candidate just read this this account of one of the caucuses, and take a peek into the future and the type of people Obama brings with him;

      http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/06/08/my-final-

      For all the hate-filled crap the repugs have dish out while in power, we as a community have manage to accomplish important advancements towards equality the last great one being the California Republican majority Supreme court ruling (which I fear with Obama on the ballot on November will be reversed due to the amount of african Americans who will come out to vote for him) because our enemy(repug politicians) did not hide or camouflage themselves with empty phrases that were not meant to include us. We knew who they were and we fought. Now with the Obama cult we will remain stagnant in order to keep him in power, we already are starting to see it from his supporters
      “we have an election to win here, not just a point to make about equality and goodness and purity.” And by the company he likes to keep:

      http://www.obamameeksrecord.wordpress.com/

      Jun 8, 2008 at 11:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bitch Republic
      Bitch Republic

      OMG! #19, you’re saying that Hillary has a personality cult? This from an Obama follower? Obama has developed the biggest cult of personality I’ve seen since Jonestown.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 11:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cami
      Cami

      I am a brazilian gay, and as many gay and straight people around the world, I´ve been observed the american campaign since the beggining. I just can´t believe that any gay in USA could possible think on voting on McCain. Seems so selfish and ignorant! In case you don´t know it, a decision like this in your country will repercute everywhere. If McCain becomes president, maybe more decades will go along with children feeling wrong and sick for they same sex feelings. Can´t you see it? Of course it would be better a president who declares, with no doubt, to defend a equalty between gay and straight marriage, on federal level, but sure Obama is way better than his rival, and frankly, even if he think like this, he needs to win, and USA has a lote of religious, intolerant people who would not even consider to vote Obama if he declares unconditional support to gay marriage. Sorry for the english.

      Jun 8, 2008 at 11:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 24play
      24play

      Every time I bother to read one of Churchill-y’s scattered, redundant comments, I’m almost knocked off my feet by the overwhelming stench of fear. Poor Churchill-y is so terrified of blacks, it’s almost amusing.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 12:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr C
      Mr C

      Once again Jonestown and cults?

      Well what do you call people that are willing to suffer themsleves to a person and party that doesn’t stands for what they most desire because their QUEEN MOTHER didn’t win.

      SUPPORTERS?????

      HAHAHAHA

      OBAMA/CLINTON 08′
      The CHANGE and EXPERIENCE we need!

      Jun 9, 2008 at 5:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan

      “I summon my blue-eyed slaves anytime it pleases me. I command the Americans to send me their bravest soldiers to die for me. Anytime I clap my hands a stupid genie called the American ambassador appears to do my bidding. When the Americans die in my service their bodies are frozen in metal boxes by the US Embassy and American airplanes carry them away, as if they never existed. Truly, America is my favorite slave.” – King Fahd Bin Abdul-Aziz, Jeddeh 1993

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGdj8h9PH7Q

      What an eye opener!

      Jun 9, 2008 at 6:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan

      Sorry about the previous posting. Wrong forum! Still hugely revealing though. Sorry once again.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 6:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr C
      Mr C

      Might be Peter but VERY INTERESTING

      Jun 9, 2008 at 7:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • noah
      noah

      Charley,

      Obama has spoken directly to LGBT audiences. He also spoke to non-gay audiences about LGBT issues when there was not reason to do so other than to show his support of gays.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 11:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael Duquette
      Michael Duquette

      Of course he won the caucuses, have you not been paying attention, over 2000 reports were filed with Austin about how they were improperly done. I had to call the police during mine. They were fudged by Obamas campaign people. It was madness. Yes, I do believe Hillary could have atleast turned Tx purple, it’s amazing how many Republicans here would have voted for her over McCain.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 11:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • charles
      charles

      “Why wasn’t Obama on the conference call ?”

      They are having another call in a month and he will be in on that one-that’s what they said at this call.

      And some of these posters saying they will write in Clinton or vote for McCain are just psychotic-and yes, I don’t care about insulting you because you are too far gone to be reached as a rational human being. I just hope and pray for the rest of the world’s sake that there aren’t that many of you.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 12:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sue
      sue

      A PLEA from Canada…PLEASE don’t let McCain win!

      Please…

      Jun 9, 2008 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charley
      Charley

      I know Obama is for us, but he did say we have to fight for our rights ourselves, and I agree. I support them 100 per cent and voted for him in the primary.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Johnson
      Johnson

      I hope my fellow gay people will really think about what their saying. It is NOT Mr. Obama’s fault that the press was VERY sexist, but also remember there were also tee’s out that had Mr. Obama as a monkey and people trying to make him out to be a “black extremist” It’s not hsi fault Hillary didn’t prepare for AFTER Feb 5 and lost 11 contests in a row. She is competent but she let others screw up her campaign. Most of the supreme court is OLD, and VERY OLD, do you want conservative Judges to make it impossible for us to be recognized in any manner interms of Civil Unions/Marriage? Do you want roe vs. Wade overturned? I live in a small town in PA and have never heard such hatred towards Mr. Obama from other Gays who have also struggled like Mr. Obama. If you believe in Mrs. Clintons views you will not support John McCain.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 3:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Margy
      Margy

      Charley, #5, and others: Obama is not exactly trying to slip in under the radar with LGBT community. I heard him mention “gay friends in red states,” as part of his stump speech back in February, and I understand that he often, and publicly, includes references to gays in speeches, something I have not heard (in a positive sense) from ANY other candidate.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 4:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steamboater
      Steamboater

      ” … know that you have a welcome home here … ”

      Don’t tell me we have a “home” with Obama when he doesn’t upport Gay marriage. I want the right to marry, which also comes with easier adoption rights and joint tax returns, just like every heterosexual in a marriage has. When Obama goes to a southern state to campiagn and then talks about Gay Rights (and I’m not just talking about Atlanta or Dallas and other big cities there), and when he supports Gay marriage, I’ll consider voting for him. Other than that, on election day, I’ll stay home.

      He kept quiet when he knew very well what Wright said about Aids and a U.S. conspriracy to kill blacks yet it was Gays who were the prime victims of AIDS and the black community didn’t give a hoot until it affected them. That’s something they have to come to terms with and they haven’t.

      It’s fine that Obama is against discrimination against Gays in the military but I want to also know what he’s going to do about it. He hasn’t mentioned that. Will he issue an Executive Order overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? That’s the only way this is going to be overturned because a lot of right-wing dems and the GOP will never vite to overturn it.

      Again, GAY MARRIAGE, not civil unions.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Allan
      Allan

      I will be gracious and assume everyone here writing that they support John McCain is a paid employee of the Republican party sent into the blogosphere to pretend to be angry Clintonistas.

      No Democrat and no self-respecting LGBT person could cast a ballot for John McCain. You might as well just report to a concentration camp for “re-education” now.

      Obama will be on the next call his LGBT outreach team holds. Go to barackobama.com and sign up so you will get the invitations.

      Obama associates with people from every end of the political spectrum and with people of every orientation. This is because he is interested in being President of ALL Americans, not just the 50% + 1 supporters in key electoral college states. His campaign is energizing Democrats in every town and city across America and will help to sweep in a bigger Democratic majority in Congress. ONLY THEN can we expect significant movement toward the goals that he has so clearly articulated for this country.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 4:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton
      Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton

      Gays even considering voting for McSame?!
      WhyTF should anyone else care about the plight of the LGBT community, if some gays obviously don’t care about it themselves.

      Bring your coat hangers girls to the voting booth– you show that filthy elitist Obama who’s better.

      Go ahead and vote “write-in”, which is a vote for McSame, he thinks you’re all creepy abominations of satan incarnate. Baa Haa Haaaaaa!

      Obama, the newcomer, has been making so many attempts to reach out to LGBT– maybe it’s up to us now.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 5:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason_M
      Jason_M

      FYI, the Obama campaign circulated a questionnaire to those of us who had been involved — I was a contributor and did very little else. The questionnaire asked about issues we care about. I checked LBGT and a few days later, got an e-mail announcing the conference call and an invitation to dial in and listen. I was impressed by the call and by the idea to seek supporter concerns.

      To the large number of gay men who support Clinton, I’d like to point out that Obama made a very blunt speech about gay and lesbians to an audience of the black community (not sure who was there) in which he criticized attitudes toward us in his and their community and the need to support us. This was a political risk and I thought was impressive.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 5:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fc
      fc

      i an so sick of the crazy and viciously anti-male hillary clinton supporters. waa! waa! waa! empress hillary lost. good. i, for one, have had it with these clintons and bushes. women are HARDLY victims in this society and gay male queens who act like and/or want to be straight blond white women also need to grow up and get real. obama is not any more gay affirming than sleazebag bill clinton pretended to be prior to gay people helped vote him into office. both certainly beat that filthbag mccain. get real, coddled white princesses, both female and male. hillary clinton is as much of a sleazebag as her husband.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 5:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sssteverrr
      sssteverrr

      Are you people nuts. I am a straight male who loves all my human brothers without predjudice.

      I support all rights for all Americans and think civil unions which are a legal mechanism are an unconstitutional and immoral excuse for marriage WHICH IS AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE between two people.

      In my humble opinion ANY ONE who had supported Hillary Clinton and would not support Barack Obama is a fool.

      He will advocate for your full inclusion and representation in our society in a way that few others and certainly not McCain would.

      Additionally our government is being destroyed by the cancer of Republican rule, not just as it applies to Gays, but as it aplies to all Americans of conscience.

      Even if you feel that Obama has not spoken to you directly yet and even if he does not to your satisfaction if you truly support the policies of Hillary Clinton you have no option but to vote for Obama, unless you are just a poser.

      This is too important to the future of America and the World to be boiled down to Gay pride.

      Jun 9, 2008 at 11:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Obamagirlinbama
      Obamagirlinbama

      Go Obama! Will everyone settle down and give this man a chance. I believe in him and I believe wholeheartedly that he’s sincere. If McCain wins and you did nothing don’t complain.

      Jun 10, 2008 at 2:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Penn Dad
      Penn Dad

      I am a single father living abroad 10+ years in Europe with my two now “voting-age” daughters and I thought they should both be exposed firsthand to this historical campaign happening in America.

      We took a couple of weeks off and went home to Pennsylvania to “get involved”. I made no influences on their choice but because she was a woman they initially wanted Hillary. In the course, we got the chance to see and/or hear Hillary three times and Obama twice. After the two weeks we had changed our minds, why?

      My youngest daughter put it best when she said it was due to the “gay issue”. When Hillary mentioned “gay rights” it came across as part of her rhetoric, just another item on a laundry list of issues that had to be mentioned at least once even if the audience wasn’t very receptive to it. Whereas in contrast, Obama not only mentioned it but elaborated deeper on what “gay rights” meant and to audiences that were anything but comfortable with the idea “gay rights”.

      Perhaps we have lived too long in a country (Netherlands) where “gay rights” isn’t even an issue and as my daughter best put it, “What a sad day for America, when the privileged white lady really doesn’t get it because she’s busy playing politics and a black man is preaching to an all-white conservative audience about basic human rights.”

      Obama lost Pennsylvania but he got our 3 votes.

      Jun 10, 2008 at 4:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Simply Cyndi
      Simply Cyndi

      all I know is the gov’t needs to keep their nose out of my uterus.

      Jun 10, 2008 at 5:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RussellIvan
      RussellIvan

      From Dahlia Lithwick at Slate.com:

      Most of us are hoping that today’s outrage and recriminations will begin to fade in the months to come; that our great-aunts’ threats to cast a ballot for John McCain—the man who voted against equal pay for women—will prove mere threats. But even if we can all manage to realign ourselves as likeminded feminists by November, it would be a mistake for us to skate past the Recent Ugliness without making an effort to address it. Having spent five months pounding on one another like men, it’s perhaps worth now attempting to bridge the feminist divide like women. That would mean listening instead of shouting and recognizing the common interests that outweigh our differences.
      The worst of the intergenerational bickering of the past months has resulted from a failure of empathy; a breakdown in our capacity to acknowledge that the experiences of others are as compelling as our own. In a sense, we have simply been doing battle over whose stories are more legitimate—the second-wavers or their Pottery Barn daughters— or whose perceptions of gender discrimination are more accurate. Forgive me for saying that this is an argument that is singularly unworthy of us as women. Aren’t we supposed to be great and gifted listeners and connectors?

      Jun 10, 2008 at 5:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter Pan
      Peter Pan

      Simply Cyndi said ‘all I know is the gov’t needs to keep their nose out of my uterus.’

      gasp, blush, gasp…

      Jun 10, 2008 at 5:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wendell
      Wendell

      Mr. Obama has to do more than make empty promises to win the gay vote, and that means being more specific about a host of different issues besides the one they assume the gay audience is interested in. This means how he’s going to guarantee healthcare to domestic partners or the 47 million other Americans who lack this basic human right. The real question isn’t whether they vote for McCain, but whether gays vote at all.

      Jun 23, 2008 at 5:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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