Someone will probably dot COM that title by tomorrow. I could not think of any expression more befitting the events of this week. It was strange, and a bit gay. There was “watch out for nose-diving Dow.” There were falling gas prices along with bargain basement stock prices, a veritable “fire sale” on Wall Street. There was Bill Clinton musing about monopolies and the media. There was Bush at a news conference before going on his umpteenth vacation pulling back on illegal alien giveaways—too late. There were the candidates talking to the unions in Chicago, my kind of town. Then there were the one-on-one talks by candidates with journalists, before, during and after speaking engagements; later the gay-issues forum sponsored by Visible08. This week's "biggie-wiggie:" the primary/caucus musical-chair moveups! Yes, people could be voting in December for candidates. "'This action today does not force Iowa to go into this year,'” Mr. Gardner said, noting that Iowa’s schedule would determine his. “'In the end it’s up to Iowa.'" Those were the weirdest headlines this week.
The most personal headline came to me via an unopened email from Visible08, hold me back—I thought my Spam filters had failed, or somehow gone limp. Why was I getting email from a gay Web site? Being the politico that I am I followed the link sans fear, even though I secretly worried it racy, judging by the ad at the top. Whoa, instead it was just one of those things about a candidate forum with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT). The democratic candidates probably did not want to be there, thank goodness candidate Jack Kennedy never had to sit on that hot seat. Nevertheless, the conventional wisdom is that it is a foregone conclusion; the Democratic Party will back legislation that helps the gay community. But the GOP also has a gay backer (now attacker) in the person of Mitt Romney. And the factoid surrounding Romney’s term as governor of Massachusetts: it became the first state in America to legalize gay marriage. But Romney, if nominated, will court the flip-flop voters on this and many other issues. While we are talking about Romney, what about his five sons, yes, he has five grown sons. Not one of them has enlisted and has no plans to enlist. They don’t need the-now-$25,000-enlistment bonus. What a week for war dodgers.