Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Stephen Laffey, writing in a Bowdoin College paper in the 80's:

"I have never once seen a happy homosexual. This is not to say there aren't any; I simply haven't seen one in my lifetime. Maybe they are all in the closet. All the homosexuals I've seen are sickly and decrepit, their eyes devoid of life."

Stephen Laffey, failed wingnut Senate candidate, yesterday:

Um, happy much Stevie?


Anonymous Mitch said...

Imagine that....the Republicans chose the moderate.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous said...

That's because:

1. New England Republicans are a different breed. They include Chaffee, Susan Collins, former Republican Jim Jeffords, and Olympia Snowe. Mitt Romney used to be fairly moderate before he ran for President.

2. The rules in Rhode Island allow independents to ask for a ballot of either party. The Chaffee campaign asked sympathetic Democrats to switch their registration to independent and 10,000 did so statewide in time for the election. The reason participation in the GOP primary set a record was that 20-25% of the votes were cast by Democrats who switched to independent to help Chaffee. Had independents not been allowed to vote on the Republican ballot, Laffey might yet have won (if the electorate was restricted to longtime registered Republicans).

3. Chaffee had help from the national GOP. They'd rather have him, with all his warts (from their point of view) than have no chance whatsoever to hold the seat with Laffey as nominee.

I was in college with Chaffee, several years behind him, and met him while helping with his father's campaign. I always had a high regard for him. I'm happy he won.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Vermont Neighbor said...

Hey! No one gets to corner the market on misery and unhappiness. Wasn't it Thoreau who wrote that most of us lead lives of quiet desperation. (Realistic food for thought, if not entirely uplifting.) Anyway, blanket generalizations only breed contempt and confusion. Although Woody Allen has made some pretty fun movies employing exactly that concept!

12:09 PM  

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