Okay, so it's displaced anger. I can't punch out any of McCain's political operatives (the guy with the shaved head comes to mind). I can't tell Sarah Palin to just shut the #$@* up already about that bridge to nowhere! And the guy who's heading the ticket seems too pathetic and addled to inspire much more than disgust.
But gay people who belong to the Republic Party (if they can refer to the Democrat Party, I can call them the Republic Party and hope that they'll find it insulting) are an easy target, especially those who belong to the Log Cabin Republicans. Their endorsement of the McCain/Palin ticket inspires both disgust and fury.
Since I usually answer a question on Sunday, I thought I would have a look through my books to see whether I've ever addressed a question about the Log Cabin Republicans. Turns out that I have, but I only did so obliquely. Here's the question and answer from the 2005 edition of Is It A Choice?:
• Are all lesbians and gay men liberals?
The vast majority of visible and politically active gay and lesbian people are comparatively liberal, so there is the mistaken impression that all gay people are Democrats and support liberal causes.
But plenty of gay and lesbian people identify themselves as Republicans--including at least one U.S. congressman--and more than a few gay men and women are conservatives, including the late Marvin Liebman, who was a founder of the modern conservative movement. (The national organization for gay Republicans is called Log Cabin Republicans--www.logcabin.org.)
Some gay people have even been known to support and vote for conservative anti-gay candidates and to write anti-gay editorials. Don't ask me to explain this, because I can't.
In my professional capacity as an author I've always tried to strike a tone of moderation and my above answer seems, in light of recent events, to be bizarrely moderate.
I think that the Log Cabin Republicans are nuts. They've fallen all over themselves because McCain's consigliere, the one with the shaved head, told them over lunch at the convention in Minneapolis that "I admire your organization." He also encouraged them to "keep fighting for what you believe because the day is going to come."
What day is going to come? Tomorrow? That we can be sure of. But certainly not the kind of tomorrow many of us would like to see, when gay people have the right to marry and are protected by the federal government from discrimination. And taking the wide view, a tomorrow where all Americans are entitled to healthcare--as a right, not a privilege. A tomorrow where we take care of the world in which we live and treat it like the fragile living organism it is instead of a resource to be exploited and abused. You get the picture. You've heard Obama give the speech. But you certainly haven't heard McCain or Palin give that speech.
I always say that gay people are just like everyone else. At this critical moment in our nation's history I find that disappointing and infuriating (this is a moment when I'd like all gay people to be better than everyone else). But I would have special contempt for the Log Cabin Republicans if it were to turn out that their votes push McCain and Palin into the White House and condemn the rest of us to go along with them across their bridge to nowhere.