Geekesque is one of my better blogging friends now. Ironically so, as a spat he and I had was the the first step to the mutual decision made by Kos and I to go our separate ways re: Daily Kos. He is a smart fellow. Very astute. But like I was with Clark in 2004, he defends Obama no matter what and dreams up ways to justify his actions. Take this diary:
In other words, if a candidate appears on stage with 100 black South Carolinians, 62 of them share the basic beliefs of McClurkin towards homosexuality. (They may not have his zany ex-gay beliefs, but then most of them probably weren’t repeatedly raped by a male relative as a child).
If there are 10,000 people in the audience at a gospel concert, 6,200 hold the same basic beliefs as Donnie McClurkin.
Supposing that were true, the obvious point here is those 6,200 are not representing the Obama campaign, McClurkin is. Look, this whole thing was a monumentla STAFF fuckup. If they knew then what they know now, McClurkin would not be within a 100 miles of Obama. My own damage copntrol advice for Obama would be to ask McClurkin to “voluntarily” drop out because he is a “distraction.”
The other point to make here is that African Americans will vote Democratic, as they have for a while, even though Democrats have been in the main, pro-gay rights. This is not a deal breaker, or even a deal maker for them. If it were, they would all be Republicans.
Enough on the merits. Really, what I am trying to point out is the dangers of Cult-based campaigns. The Clark movement was a lot like that. The Obama campaign is very much that. It is a dangerous place to be as a progressive, and even as a supporter of a candidate.
I know I wrote some things in 2003 and 2004 that I wish I had not. I think smart folk like Geekesque are now traveling down that path. They should pull up.