by TrogloPundit | April 17, 2010 4:58 pm
Okay, so a blogger named Ben Domenech blogged that Solicitor General Elena Kagan — an apparent SCOTUS front-runner — is a lesbian.
The White House freaked out.
The White House ripped CBS News on Thursday for publishing an online column by a blogger who made assertions about the sexual orientation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, widely viewed as a leading candidate for the Supreme Court.
Ben Domenech, a former Bush administration aide and Republican Senate staffer, wrote that President Obama would “please” much of his base by picking the “first openly gay justice.” An administration official, who asked not to be identified discussing personal matters, said Kagan is not a lesbian.
CBS initially refused to pull the posting, prompting Anita Dunn, a former White House communications director who is working with the administration on the high court vacancy, to say: “The fact that they’ve chosen to become enablers of people posting lies on their site tells us where the journalistic standards of CBS are in 2010.” She said the network was giving a platform to a blogger “with a history of plagiarism” who was “applying old stereotypes to single women with successful careers.”
Oddly, the White House did not berate CBS for using this picture of Kagan with their story:
[shudder.] Did they purposely use the worst picture they could find? She looks like Nathan Lane in drag after going on a herion bender.
CBS has now relented and removed the post, but a cross-post is still available here.
Question: aren’t they socially liberal Democrats in the Obama White House? I could check, but I’m pretty sure. And, as socially liberal Democrats, shouldn’t they just kind of… shrug at this? Why the full-hissy freakout?
Their appropriate response should be something like: “President Obama has no intention of asking or caring about the sexual orientation of his potential nominees. In this administration’s view, it is neither here nor there.”
Of course, that would be a lie – the Obama White House cares very deeply about which demographic groups they please (or displease) with their nominations. Just like any other administration, Democrat or Republican.
It could be that the Obama White House simply thinks Americans will be more likely to oppose a homosexual nominee. Stupid Americans. Such a bunch of rubes. See: it’s other people’s hangups making them react this way.
Or else…maybe Kagan really is going to be the nominee, and they’re setting up the debate the way they want it. Whoever opposes her, see, is obviously a homophobe. The beauty of that plan is: she doesn’t really have to be a lesbian. In fact, it would work better if she isn’t: opponents are both bigoted, and stupid.
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