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  • Openly-Gay Fred Karger to Face Field of Openly-Awful Candidates in GOP Primaries

    In this corner, we have the first openly gay person to ever run for president as a Republican

    Gay rights activist Fred Karger is running for president. The Republican filed his paperwork with the FEC on Wednesday.

    "Today is a very significant day for my community and me," Karger said in a statement. "I have just submitted my papers to the Federal Election Commission, making me the first candidate to file for the 2012 Republican nomination for President."

    And in this corner, we have the most divisive, overtly anti-gay rights collection of Republican candidates since the very idea of "gay rights" was even a thing that needed being considered

    Since 53 percent of Americans — including a 53 percent of white Catholics and 57 percent of nonevangelical Protestants — now support marriage equality, Republican presidential candidates who speak out against gay initiatives risk positioning themselves at the very extreme end of political spectrum. Yesterday, my CAP colleagues Noel Gordon and Jeff Krehely released an interactive of the likely GOP candidates’ positions on LGBT issues.

    As it turns out, all [Ed note: Well, nearly] of the potential GOP hopefuls are firmly outside the American mainstream

    Who will win the soul of the Republican base? There's literally no way to guess!


    Tags: Fred Karger, LGBT, Primaries, Republicans
  • Fred Karger Will Be First Openly Gay Presidential Candidate

    There's still no certain frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. So many candidates, so many terrible choices for America. It's impossible to speculate on who will win. It's not, however, impossible to speculate on who will not win. Case in point: Fred Karger…

    Karger is an old school ratfucker who honed his skills as a political strategist skills alongside Karl Rove under Lee Atwater. He worked for his "hero" Ronald Reagan (helping to craft the infamous Willie Horton ads that destroyed Michael Dukakis) as well both George Bushes, greater and lesser.

    So, what's the problem. He sounds absolutely perfect, right? Well, there's just the tiniest little thing holding him back. He's a gay homosexual gay person

    [Karger's platform] includes a constitutional amendment to lower the voting age, a proposal to make school "more interesting," and support for abortion rights and gay marriage…

    "I am doing this for the younger people," Karger says, especially gay kids. Like Hillary Clinton or Jesse Jackson, he says he wants to blaze a new, important trail. If he can get in the Republican presidential debates — a big if — "I will take the gloves off if necessary," and challenge his fellow candidates on their gay rights positions, he says. "That is what motivates me to make my voice heard. No more Mr. Nice Gay."

    Kind of a shame the guy spent decades helping to institute a culture of fear and hatred in what would be his voter base. Sounds like he would have been am interesting guy to see up on the dais with the rest of the candidates.

    Oh well, maybe next lifetime.


    Tags: Fred Karger, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Lee Atwater, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Primaries, Republicans, Ronald Reagan