The only elective office The Mitt has ever held was a single term as governor of Massachusetts. A purported flier from that campaign is making the Twitter and Facebook rounds:
The Mitt Himself has disclaimed the flier. The Mitt’s campaign director for the 2002 gubernatorial campaign claims not to have seen it. But a campaign volunteer says it is legit, and describes being sent to hand out the fliers after a 2002 gay pride parade in Boston. Occam’s Razor says it is legit.
Of course, this isn’t the only time The Mitt has been … confused … on this issue. In the January 8, 2012 Republican presidential wannabe debates, The Mitt said:
As you know, I don’t discriminate. And in the appointments that I made — when I was governor of Massachusetts, a member of my cabinet was gay. I appointed people to the bench, regardless of their sexual orientation. Made it very clear that, in my view, we should not discriminate in hiring policies, in legal policies.
Then he took a breath and said:
At the same time, from the very beginning, in 1994, I said to the gay community, ‘I do not favor same-sex marriage. I oppose same-sex marriage. And that has been my, my view. But, but if, if people are looking for someone who — who will discriminate against gays or will in any way — try and suggest that people, that, that have different sexual orientation don’t have full rights in this country, they won’t find that in me.
So he doesn’t discriminate against gays, but he does discriminate against gays. What part of “full rights” excludes marriage? WC supposes next The Mitt will say he doesn’t oppose equal rights for Blacks, provided they live on the south side of the railroad tracks. And that women are citizens, but shouldn’t be trusted with the right to vote. “Full rights” means “full rights,” not all rights except that ones his right wing constituency opposes.
WC doesn’t expect much of politicians in America any more. But he does expect better than this.