May 3, 2007

rdebate-thompson-bigot.jpg Is anyone as outraged about this as I am? Too bad the entire bunch wasn't asked this question. I'm interested to see who would have given the "wrong" answer (Hell No! That's discrimination) or the "right" answer (screw the gays). Sadly, this is what the Republican party has become: the party of discrimination and rabid right-wing appeasers.

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These are the same people who forty years ago would have said it's OK to fire someone based on their sex or on the color of their skin. Good thing we have laws outlawing that kind of stuff now. When this country gets around to treating everyone as equals, this clip will be a fabulous reminder of the bigots and Pat Robertson Republican party of the early 21st century.

In related news, the House today passed H.R. 1592, The Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Not surprisingly, Rep. Boehner is parroting the extremist right-wing line against the bill, and Bush has threatened a veto.

UPDATE: Thompson has since corrected himself, saying he "misinterpreted" the question and sexual orientation-based discrimination has "never been [his] position." Man that was quick. At least it was a flip-flop in the right direction. It should go without saying that I don't buy his "misinterpreted" excuse -- watch the video: he took a moment to process the question, then qualified his answer at the end by saying flat "yes." As TP notes:

Maybe Thompson's still under the weather. Last month, he blamed his statement that Jews have a "tradition" of "earning money" on "fatigue and a persistent cold ."

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