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Has the Republican Parly gone nuts?
As Iowa Caucus nears, taking stock
of laughingstock that is GOP field
Months ago, in a column I wrote about the
Dallas Public Library and some books, I
mentioned recommendations for mys-
teries by gay writer Mark Richard Zubro. I love
Zubro and zipped right through all of his books. I
bought the only volume the library didn't own
through its "Be ABook Hero" program, sol got first
dibs when it came into the system.
Zubro's books comprise two series, one built
around gay Chicago police detective Paul Turner,
the other featuring high school teacher Tom Mason
and Tom's partner, professional baseball star Scott
Carpenter. In the latter series, when confronted with
some monumental idiocy, Tom is prone to say, "Are
you nuts?" — which is also the name of one book
in the series.
Well, as I take in as much as I can bear of the Re-
publican presidential primary campaign, I keep
asking my screens and my radios that question.
Here's an example.
One morning on the local NPR station, a net-
work political reporter was asking Republican de-
bate attendees which candidate they favored. One
couple, finishing each other's sentences in their en-
thusiasm, said: "Newt Gingrich. He's §0 honest.
This, about a man who asked his first wife for a
divorce while she was in a hospital bed, recovering
from surgery; who betrayed his second wife
through an affair with the woman who is now wife
three; and who was fined $300,000 in 1997-98 for vi-
olations of House ethics rules. Not to mention that
Newt Gingrich was working to impeach Bill Clin-
ton for seducing Monica Lewinsky at the very same
time he was boffing a Capitol Hill aide of his own.
Here's another ex-
Rick Perry, we
learned, not only
takes his $150,000
salary as; governor
while he travels
around Iowa in a big,
ugly tour bus labeled
"Faith, Jobs and Free-
dom," but he collects
$92,000 in govern-
' tF 2
ment retirement pay at the same time. He lives in a
taxpayer-funded spread that Costs, if the news re-
ports have it right,<#10,000 per month. He hardly
governs at all, and as proof that much governance
is unnecessary, he proposes to make the U.S. Con-
gress a part-time organization.
This is a man who also benefits from state-
funded security protection, doles out jobs to friends
With lots of ready money, and subscribes to a Chris-
tian faith so profound that he is one lethal injection
away from having killed half the persons put to
death in Texas Since the ultimate penalty was rein-
stated in 1977.
And a third example.
Mitt Romney, We all know, grew up rich and got
even richer. He sells himself on the basis of his busi-
ness acumen. But he had a huge head start since his
father was George Romney, the CEO of American
Motors Corp., Michigan's governor and a national
Republican political player. He's a very bright guy,
no doubt; he has degrees from both Harvard Law
School and Harvard Business School. Before enter-
ing politics, he ran a management consulting firm
and its spinoff, Bain Capital, a very successful pri-
vate equity firm.
But there is something profoundly weird about
the man. When he sought the Republican nomina-
tion four years ago, I bought Mormonisinfor Dum-
firies because I knew almost nothing about that
religion. I must say I found it not so much impene-
trable as incredible, but don't take my word for it,
read about it yourselves. What is weird, though, is
not his religion or even the fact that he says, "Cor-
porations are people, my friend." It's his whole per-
sona. He seems to have all the right pieces in all the
right places, but with insufficient glue holding them
Or how about Michele Bachmann? Shall we talk
about her assaults on the LGBT community and ap-
parent astonishment when the daughter of a les-
bian confronted her? Perhaps we should consider
her husband's "conversion" therapy.
Or what about Ron Paul? For one thing, the man
is even older than I am, and given his adherence to
libertarian principles, I cannot imagine how he
would manage to get anything done in our con-
tentious, contemptuous capital.
Or why not revisit Herman Cain? I could hardly
get past the fact that he thought God had called him
to run for president so as to pay attention to his Sex-
ual exploits. I did manage to notice that his much-
vaunted stint as CEO of Godfather's Pizza was a
full 15 years ago.
Finally, consider Rick Santorum, who apparently
eschews both self control and birth control and so
has seven children, and Jon Huntsman, who appar-
ently lacks the gene for the rabid right-wing state-
ments the party base demands.
So, Republican candidates and Republican vot-
ers, I put it to you: Are you nuts? ■
Phi/llis Giiest is a longtime activist oil political and
LGBT issues andisa member of Stonewall Democrats of
Dallas. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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