By now you’ve probably seen the footage of the crowd at the Republican debate last night booing Stephen Hill, a gay solider who asked about DADT. Well don’t worry, because Althouse has it all figured out and, surprise, surprise, she figures it’s probably all the fault of some rogue lefty.
There’s no real way to control the audience, other than to strictly limit who gets in, which will look repressive and cowardly. And who knows who is booing or applauding in this way that’s harmful to the Republican cause? It could just as well be somebody who hates the GOP, trying to generate bad press and distract attention from what the candidates actually say.
The booing in that clip above comes from one very loud guy. Maybe he could be identified. I’d like to know whether he’s on the Republican side or he’s a dirty trickster.
To which I say: Huh? What? By what strange leap of logic does one assume that these sorts of views come from outside the Republican party? These views are the very core of the current Republican platform. After all, no fewer than six of the Republican candidates either have opposed repealing DADT or would seek to reinstate the policy if elected — Santorum, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Bachmann, Romney, and Perry.
And what’s this about the booing being an attempt to “distract attention from what the candidates actually say”? Did you see Rick Santorum’s gay-panic answer to the question? He not only completely validated the anti-gay views of the heckler, he ratcheting up the homophobia to such a fever pitch that even wingnuts were left condemning his answer.
Then there’s the uncomfortable fact that these are the people who have previously cheered executions and the unnecessary and tragic death of an uninsured person.
But no, ugliness of this variety could only emanate from outside the Republican community because these true patriots are motivated only by love and unicorns and rainbows.
Update: Hey, who says that Rick Santorum can’t sort of halfway do the right and honorable thing? And this after only 12 hours of relentless shaming on the Internet. Kudos to you, frothy mix man.