Lack of principle is once again a big winner for Democrats.
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Yet Senator Bennet has been as shy as an Amish woman visiting Sturgis about whether he intends to support Hagel’s nomination.
Bennet’s hypocrisy, even if just through silence, regarding Hagel’s paranoid view of those Americans who support Israel pales in comparison to his hypocrisy on what should be, but unfortunately isn’t, a massive political problem for Hagel:
In 1998, during a debate over the nomination of James Hormel to be the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, Hagel suggested that Hormel could not be effective because Hormel was “openly, aggressively gay.”
One year later, Hagel opposed the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays in the military, saying “The U.S. armed forces aren’t some social experiment.”
According to the New Yorker magazine, his U.S. Senate voting regard on gay rights issues “earned him a zero-per-cent rating (three times) from the Human Rights Campaign, the leading gay-rights lobby.”
Hagel has recently retracted these statements and more, but does anyone actually believe him?
Even the recently retired and openly (and perhaps sometimes aggressively) gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) said that Hagel’s “bigoted opposition” to Hormel was “not, as Senator Hagel now claims, an aberration.” He added, “I cannot think of any other minority group in the U.S. today where such a negative statement and action made in 1998 would not be an obstacle to a major Presidential appointment.” (More on the principled Mr. Frank in a moment.)
And yet Michael Bennet remains silent.
Why do I particularly mention the backbone-challenged Bennet on this issue? Because, living here in Colorado, I am painfully aware that Michael Bennet is Colorado’s junior senator only because his Republican challenger in 2010, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, fell headfirst into the mire of a David Gregory gotcha question on the subject of homosexuality on Meet the Press just prior to the election.
In a debate that should have been about out-of-control government spending and high unemployment, Gregory (like George Stephanopoulos, Bob Schieffer, and other such Democratic Party activists) was looking for any way to sidetrack the conversation. He asked Mr. Buck if he believed that homosexuality was a choice. Buck, who should have said “this election is about jobs and the economy, not my views on gays” answered yes, and went on to inartfully compare homosexuality to alcoholism (in terms of possible genetic predisposition). It played right into the Bennet campaign’s strategy of painting Mr. Buck as “extreme” and “outside the mainstream of views” (a phrase which David Gregory helpfully offered to Bennet during that interview).
Bennet had led in only three of the nearly thirty polls tracked by RealClearPolitics.com from June 2010 leading up to the election – and two of those were polls done by a Democratic-leaning polling organization (PPP). Through most of the campaign, few thought Bennet had a chance to win in a year characterized as a Tea Party tsunami. (Buck was the Tea Party choice over “establishment” candidate Jane Norton, whom I endorsed based on my view that they were nearly identical on the issues but that Democrats had a better chance of beating Buck by making him look “extreme.” Even I didn’t expect Mr. Buck, whom I like and respect, to do so much of their work for them.)
In the end, Bennet beat Buck by 1.7 percent of the vote, trouncing Buck among women by 16 percent and, critically, among unaffiliated voters by 11 percent despite the GOP winning nearly 60 percent of independent voters nationally that year.
Michael Bennet is a U.S. Senator because a Republican made controversial statements about homosexuality.
And yet on the subject of the openly, aggressively anti-gay Chuck Hagel, Bennet remains silent.
Of course, Bennet is not alone. Barney Frank seems to have forgotten the truth of his statement that Hagel-like bigotry would normally be a major obstacle to receiving or being confirmed in a key presidential appointment. In what passes for principle in the Democratic Party – again there are no principles, just desired outcomes – just one week later, and in nearly the same breath in which he said that he had hoped the president would not nominate Hagel, Frank said he now supports his confirmation because of Hagel’s likely impact on defense policy.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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