061211_obama_vlrg_3awidec.jpgJohn Aravosis:

Surprise, surprise, surprise. Obama’s anti-gay religious right activist used the opportunity Obama gave him last night to preach his hate to thousands of African-Americans. That’s just great. And the white preacher who Obama picked to help explain to the audience that gays aren’t minions of Satan? CNN reports that he said nothing at all – just a short little prayer, then he left. As for Obama, he did a taped introduction in which he praised McClurkin, the religious right activist, as one of his favorites. That’s nice, because the way to help combat homophobia in the black community is to make sure the gay-basher is first endorsed by someone as high-ranking as Obama, who then chooses to say nothing about the gay-bashing.

So, in the end, Obama let his “best” and “favorite” artist slam gays to thousands of African-Americans, in his name, and neither he nor his hand-chosen white gay preacher said anything in response. Class act, that Obama campaign. For them, creating a “dialogue” means the gay-basher gets to spread his bigotry to thousands while the candidate and the token gay STFU.

I was reading Bowers over at Open Left, who said he thought it was pretty clear this whole thing was a mistake and Obama wished he’d never booked McClurkin and just didn’t know how to get out of it. And I have to say, I’m not buying it — I think when Obama booked McClurkin he was engaging in dog-whistle outreach, and when people got pissed he just didn’t want to take responsibility for it.

If Obama was really committed to setting things right with LGBT folks, he would’ve told McClurkin to STFU and not make things any worse rather than letting him run his mouth. Are we to believe the guy was totally off the reservation, and acting in direct contradiction to the wishes of the campaign?

Obama’s message of hope and bipartisanship stays positive by letting proxies do his dirty work for him.

Sorry, no sale here.