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Justice Is Served Up Hot (and Gay) in the Virginia Governor’s Race

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Ironic justice is being served in this year’s Virginia governor’s race as anti-gay Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore finds himself on the receiving end of a damaging rumor inferring that he is secretly gay. Kilgore, who is married with two children, would seem an unlikely target for this treatment, unless you’d actually heard him speak. Based solely on hearing his effeminate voice, one would imagine Kilgore to be a cross between Jim J. Bullock and Paul Lynde.

Apparently Kilgore’s voice is so stereotypically gay-sounding that this rumor is not being dispelled even by his website’s proud boast that he is vehemently opposed to both gay unions and gay adoption. Presumably Kilgore feels that if a gay man wants to have children, he should marry a beard and squeeze out a couple of drops under duress.

I’d feel bad for Kilgore if not for two things. The first is that Republican George Allen successfully used a similar anti-gay smear campaign against his opponent Mary Sue Terry in his 1993 campaign for Virginia Governor. So payback is in order here. The second reason not to feel bad for Kilgore is the ridiculously distasteful series of television commercials he has employed against his Democratic opponent Tim Kaine. The subject of these commercials is Kaine’s opposition to the death penalty. In these spots, relatives of murder victims imply that Kaine killed their family members. In one commercial, a family member notes that Kaine would not have supported the execution of Adolph Hitler (as if Hitler plans to move to Richmond when Kaine is elected.)

While I don’t condone gay-baiting, I do find it entertaining to see a typical gay-bashing Republican like Kilgore being destroyed by the lies, stereotypes, and hatred against gays that he and his party have fostered for political gain. It reminds me of Melvin Van Peebles’ great 1970 film Watermelon Man in which a racist wakes up one morning to find out that overnight he’s become a black man. Hopefully, like Godfrey Cambridge in that film, Kilgore will learn what it’s like to walk in somebody else’s loafers. Somehow I doubt it. But I am confident that this campaign will be fertile material for future historians trying to document the decline of civilization into a new dark age. That’s something positive at least.
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  • http://musical-guru.blogspot.com Michael J. West

    I don’t know where you are, Fifth Dentist, but I’m in DC and those “We can’t trust Tim Kaine” ads run constantly; they’re absolutely disgusting. If I lived in VA I would vote against Jerry Kilgore on the basis of thsoe ads alone.

  • El Bicho

    you mean paul lynde, unless you are referring to a different, homosexual Hollywood Squares star

  • http://www.fifthdentist.blogspot.com The Fifth Dentist

    El Bicho: Thanks for the correction regarding the spelling of Paul Lynde’s name. I corrected the post. I was a huge fan of Paul Lynde and was deeply saddened by his premature death.

    Michael West: I agree with 100%. Kilgore’s commercials are an abomination.

  • http://thecouchsessions.com Stone

    Yes, those ads are sick, but Tim Kaine’s defense agaisnt them is so weak that it makes me sad to be a Democrat.

    “I don’t like the death penalty, but…”

    Dude, just take a stand!

  • http://thecouchsessions.com Stone

    Yes, those ads are sick, but Tim Kaine’s defense agaisnt them is so weak that it makes me sad to be a Democrat.

    “I don’t like the death penalty, but…”

    Dude, just take a stand!

  • Nancy

    What IS it about the Dems that they can’t for the life of any of them take a stand, for god’s sakes?! Do they think they might get one more vote if they waffle & shuffle & are careful not to offend anyone with an opinion?! I am so disgusted with them, I don’t know what I’ll do come the next election: I won’t vote for a publican, but I won’t vote for anyone who’s spinelss or so much of a weasel they won’t tell me what they DO stand for, either!

  • http://www.fifthdentist.blogspot.com The Fifth Dentist

    That’s the beauty of the two-party system. You can either vote for someone you hate or someone you find pathetic.

  • MT

    I DO live in Virginia and have been on the receiving end of Kilgore’s repulsive ads. To call them dumb would be an understatement. That this man is running for Governor of this fine state is shocking. It just confirms the differences between the two parties — one is absolutely out of touch with the modern world and the other better wake up and smell the rotten air before they, too, succumb.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>one is absolutely out of touch with the modern world and the other better wake up and smell the rotten air before they, too, succumb.<<

    And the real irony is that I could just have easily made this statement, and I would probably be applying the two descriptions to the opposite parties from those you had in mind.

    Dave

  • Dr. Kurt

    If we actually allowed any real sex education in our schools, every third grader would know that one’s “masculine” or “feminine” traits have zero to do with sexual orientation, and this campaign would be laughed at by all…

  • MT

    Take a look around you, Dave — your party ain’t doing too good these days, are they? Now I’m sure you’re reading it differently than I am but if an election could be held today, and Bush was able to run, do you think he’d have a chance in hell to win? Do you think Tom DeLay will be judged guilty? Bill Frist? Karl Rove? Scooter Libby? What’s going on with this “compassionate” crowd of yours?

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Delay won’t be convicted of anything. Frist is safe too. Rove very likely safe as well. Libby, maybe some sort of indictment, but not too serious.

    As for the ‘compassionate’ crowd, they’re not mine. I’m no compassionate conservative. I’m a conservative liberal with a pragmatic bent.

    But that said, the GOP certainly isn’t doing any worse than the Demos are. They’d be falling apart if they hadn’t sunk so far into pointlessness and apathy that they don’t have the motivation to even collapse.

    Dave

  • Jugi

    While I can’t really condone gay-baiting, I can’t help but smirk at Kaine’s ads that say Kilgore is “not being straight.” and that he has a “political sugar daddy.”

  • http://www.fifthdentist.blogspot.com The Fifth Dentist

    I agree with that view.

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