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The GOP tries on new gay-baiting hat: ‘fancy lad’ Obama

By pams
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 3:07 EDT

Fancy Lad

1. Guy who is very “girly”. Has rosie cheeks and prances around like a nancy boy. Dresses with flare.
2. Someone who says he isn’t gay but acts like a fag all the time.

What is it with the GOP and the insistence on gay-baiting? This is the party of closeted, tortured men trolling for sex in airport bathrooms, park restrooms and assaulting fellow Republicans in their sleep with oral sex attacks, yet they persist in trying to tar Dems with the gay label. The taunts are so high school at this point.

One week after she appeared on the July 7 edition of MSNBC Live and referred to Sens. Barack Obama and John Kerry (D-MA) as “two Ivy League fancy lads,” Fox News hosted Republican strategist Andrea Tantaros on the July 14 edition of America’s Newsroom, during which she called Obama “a fancy lad.” Tantaros was discussing the possibility of Obama’s speaking in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and called the proposition “risky,” adding that “Obama needs some gravitas, and so that’s why they’re sending him there. He’s a fancy lad. He likes fancy language with fancy backdrops. And that’s exactly why they’re putting him there.” On neither MSNBC nor Fox News was her remark challenged by the anchors of the shows. On MSNBC, Democratic strategist David Goodfriend responded to Tantaros by saying: “Well, first of all, just in response to what Andrea said, there isn’t a single Ivy League fancy guy on that ticket.”

This is so weak — and yes, to my Log Cabin peeps out there, is this the kind of GOP we’re supposed to be educating ourselves about? Will McCain call them on this, or let it slide?

It reminds me of this Ripley’s Believe It Or Not moment from, of all people, Tucker Carlson:

Well, everybody knows that a book club is no place for a man. So why has Barack Obama suddenly turned into Oprah? [Producer] Willie Geist rounds up the girls, brings the chardonnay, and heads to the Oprah book club — or the Obama book club — when we come back.”

…Carlson recently referred to Obama’s “rhetoric” as “kind of wimpy” and said that Obama “seems like kind of a wuss.” Carlson also said that Obama “sounds like a pothead.”

During the segment, Carlson discussed the book clubs with Geist, who claimed that “Obama has violated the trust of men everywhere,” and said: “It makes you wonder what he won’t compromise of himself. Are we going to have mani/pedi parties next? You know what I mean?”

Take My Wife, Please!

By Jesse Taylor
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 22:30 EDT

The next time I make a joke that falls flat, I ask you, the Pandatariat, to immediately declare that everyone else’s sense of humor is dead on my behalf. The problem that I and most of the people who didn’t like the New Yorker cover had wasn’t that it was some gravely offensive thing that hurt our souls. Gary Kamiya actually lays it out in his critique of people who didn’t like the joke: If…


Shorter Ann Althouse

By Jesse Taylor

Did you notice how Tuesday came in and replaced all mention of Monday on my calendar? Treachery, I say! Treachery! (Via the Sadlynaughts.)…


Gay Is Slightly Better Than Feral Scavenger

By Jesse Taylor

But, you know, barely. Mr. McCain, who with his wife, Cindy, has an adopted daughter, said flatly that he opposed allowing gay couples to adopt. “I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no, I don’t believe in gay adoption,” he…


No shame: Republican’s FL billboard features burning Twin Towers

By pams

From St. Cloud, Florida — isn’t this the kind of shameless, tasteless shilling you expect from Republicans as their fortunes are in the dumpster? After milking the tragedy of 9/11 for years now, here it comes again when the party has zero to run on. (Raw Story): Businessman Mike Meehan,…


NR to join the satirical-cover game?

By auguste

It would be irresponsible not to speculate. Update: It has come to my attention that the reference behind the cover above may be a bit on the esoteric side so I’ve enclosed a screen capture after the jump that may make the inspiration a little clearer.…


But He Was Tortured!

By Jesse Taylor

Andrew Romano is complaining that we’re expecting too much from McCain when it comes to the intertubes. For one thing, McCain’s computer illiteracy doesn’t reflect a lack of curiosity–it reflects a lack of necessity. Over the past 10 years, most adult Americans have encountered and explored computers primarily in the…


We Want Happy Cars

By Jesse Taylor

En route to Netroots Nation as we speak, I’m currently sitting in Detroit’s airport. Layover in Charlotte, then I’ll arrive tonight in Austin. The big news around Motor City way is, of course, GM’s massive woes, and the realization that entire types of vehicles may be on their way out.…


Sexism and racism – what lies beneath…

By pams

NOTE: This is the guest post I have up on Open Left today. I was invited by front-pager Jon Pincus to participate in a mutual guest-blogging series to bring more diverse perspectives to that progressive blog. The subject selected was the treatment of Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama by the…


Bauer: ‘America cannot endure four years of Barack Obama’

By pams

Yeah, and GWB has done a heckuva job for the country. Professional “Christian” and failed presidential candidate Gary Bauer opens his trap with this nonsense. As Barack Obama continues to dominate head-to-head polls with Republican John McCain, many conservatives appear resigned to a November defeat with the hope that like…