It is another example of why the Advocate no longer represents or advocates for the LGBT community. The magazine ran a ridiculous article in the latest issue by Jamie Kirchick, an editor at the New Republic, stating that the LGBT community should "take a second look" at McCain.
It was called "A President to be Proud of." Ugh.
Let's break it down after the jump...
The column asserts that our community should look past McCain's long anti-gay history (he supports "don't ask, don't tell" and DOMA, and opposes adding sexual orientation to the federal hate-crimes bill and ENDA) and instead focus solely on his "courageous stand" against a federal marriage amendment.
Kirchick contends that this shows that McCain is on our side. Really? So he speaks out against one issue, but actually votes in a consistently damaging way and we should applaud? "Believe what I say, not what I do"?? Not hardly.
Kirchick also says that McCain has always stood against the religious right, like when he called Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson "agents of intolerance" and "corrupting influences on religion and politics." Then Kirchick makes the most ridiculous statement of all:
Sure, McCain spoke at Falwell's Liberty University in 2006, but he didn't pander.
That's not pandering?? Think that would be the definition of it, Jamie.
His argument continues to spiral into stupidity when he somehow makes the claim that McCain's support for the Arizona Marriage Amendment is no big deal (I guess that wasn't pandering either...). He argues:
McCain backed a proposed 2006 amendment to the Arizona constitution that would have not only prevented gay marriage but denied government benefits to unmarried couples. While McCain's support for this measure is regrettable, ultimately, what a senator or president thinks about a state-level constitutional amendment is less relevant than where he stands on a federal one.
I just don't understand how anyone can argue these points. If you want to argue about fiscal policy or the war, sure, we can have a logic based discussion. But to somehow try and paint McCain as good for the LGBT community is ridiculous and based in pure partisan lies.
I had written off the Advocate long ago for becoming a stop for celebrities to come and get LGBT dollars (because we all need one more straight celebrity on the cover saying how they "love the gays" while doing nothing for our issues). It seems they have moved beyond that to become a mouthpiece for the right.
Well I can assure you, the magazine and Jamie Kirchick do not advocate for our community or our rights.