Pandering to the right has become a sick spectacle. It's sad to see the leading dems talk about exiting Iraq on the one hand, and then talk about keeping some presence there for years.
Then there are the repubs. Probably no surprise here. But for fans of Rudy "America's Mayor" Giuliani, fans have got to wonder where this guy really stands.
[url=http://www.palmcenter.org/press/dadt/releases/gop_position_on_gay_troops_at_odds_with_expert_military_opinion]GOP Position on Gay Troops at Odds with Expert Military Opinion -- Palm Center Details Record of
Date: June 7, 2007
Press Contact: Lisa Lusero, Assistant Director, The Michael D. Palm Center, University of California, Santa Barbara, 805-893-5664, Lusero@palmcenter.ucsb.edu
SANTA BARBARA, CA, June 7, 2007 - As White House hopefuls are pressed for greater detail on their platforms, GOP candidates are having increasing trouble reconciling their past positions on gay issues with the need to satisfy their socially conservative political base, according to researchers who study gay issues. Two of the three leading presidential contenders have changed their positions on gays in the military, and all three frontrunners have sought to cast any reconsideration of the unpopular policy as out of bounds during wartime.
But researchers at the Michael D. Palm Center, a think tank at University of California, Santa Barbara, note that this view conflicts with that of military officers and other experts who have said that war is the wrong time to keep open gays out.
Rudolph Giuliani, Mitt Romney and John McCain have all adopted the message that lifting the military's current ban on open gays while the country is at war would be detrimental to morale, with Giuliani and Romney reversing prior opposition to the current ban on open gays. As mayor, Giuliani was critical of "don't ask, don't tell" and even accused the Clintons of having done "flip-flops" on the issue. [Washington Post, 1/16/98] But his current position is that "we're at war, and now isn't the time to
question our military's admissions policy." [NY Daily News, 3/14/07]