Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mitt’s Moment of Awkward

In case you missed it, earlier this week Mitt Romney sat down with Bob Garon, a Vietnam veteran, at a coffee shop while on a campaign swing in New Hampshire. Apparently Mr. Romney assumed that Mr. Garon would be a staunch supporter of the GOP; after all, he’s a veteran in his sixties, it’s New Hampshire, and he looks like the kind of guy who would be in his corner.

Heh. It turns out that Mr. Garon is gay and has some rather tough questions for Mr. Romney on marriage equality. Watch:

The fun part is where Mr. Romney realizes what’s happened; he looks like he’s trashed his shorts. He tries to get out of it gracefully, but he only makes it worse by declaring that gay veterans don’t have the same rights as straight vets, and you can see the relief on his face when an aide tells him it’s time to go get interviewed by Fox News.

It’s rather enlightening that Mr. Romney thinks that because the Founding Fathers didn’t write marriage equality into the Constitution, the spouses of gay veterans don’t have the same rights as everyone else. (The Founding Fathers also counted slaves as 3/5ths of a person, and look how that turned out.)

Mitt Romney can think whatever he wants about gay people, but when he blithely dismisses the idea that they’re entitled to equal rights under the law, I am seriously worried about the possibility of him getting close to the Oval Office.