Keen on the trail – Obama widens the gap

Posted on 22 May 2008 at 10:10pm
By Lisa Keen – Keen News Service

ONE HORSE RACE: The candidate most LGBT voters bet on in the proverbial horse race for the Democratic presidential nomination is falling farther behind this week.

Though Hillary Clinton won Kentucky with 66 percent of the vote to Barack Obama’s 30 percent, Obama took the larger state, Oregon, with 58 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 42 percent.

With 1,649 delegates won in the primaries and caucuses and 307 superdelegates having joined him, Obama now has approximately 1,956 delegates. Under the rules the party agreed upon for the 2008 campaign, a candidate needs a simple majority of 2,025. So Obama is just 69 votes away from securing the nomination.

Clinton, whom it appears most LGBT voters backed (based on exit polls, superdelegate commitments, contributions and precinct data), is 250 delegates away, but vows to continue a gallop to the finish line. There are only three small primaries to go — with a collective total of 86 delegates — to go.

NO GAYDAR PORK: Republican presidential candidate John McCain joked in a "Saturday Night Live" comedy sketch May 17 that he would not seek federal funding for the development by the Defense Department of a device to block "gaydar."

"I don’t know if such a device is anti-gay or pro-gay, or even whether it would work," quipped McCain, "but jamming gaydar is not a federal responsibility."

Echoing his real position on the campaign trail, he added, "I think such matters are best left to state and local governments."

McCain made two appearances on the late night comedy making fun of his real vulnerability: being a 71-year-old candidate for the most stressful job in the land. Associated Press reported ahead of broadcast time that McCain would not appear in drag on the show, something his failed Republican challenger Rudy Giuliani once did.

FRANK V. McCAIN: U.S. Rep. Barney Frank inserted his voice in the presidential race — not to endorse a Democrat (he’s already backed Clinton), but to criticize Republican McCain.

In an essay on the LGBT forum of the Democratic Party website (www.democrats. org), Frank questions McCain’s commitment to a moderate position on gay civil rights, noting that in recent weeks, the candidate has hinted there might be circumstances under which he could support a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

© 2008 Keen News Service
E-mail LisaKeen@aol.com


This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 23, 2008.

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