Thank you for saying what needed to be said. You’ve nailed it.
AMERICAblog has posted John Edwards’ responses to the Human Rights Campaign’s survey of presidential candidates, and overall, looks very good, but the statement below by Edwards shows that he hasn’t quite come all the way to accepting gays as equals quite yet:
I believe that couples in committed, long-term relationships should have the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities, whether they are straight couples or same-sex couples.
To me, it sounds like Edwards is applying a higher standards to the relationships of same-sex couples than applies to opposite-sex couples. For example, opposite-sex couples don’t have to be committed or in a long-term relationship to get married, and immediately receive all of the legals rights bestowed upon them through marriage as soon as the ink dries.
Gay people will not be truly equal until their marriages can be as screwed up as those of opposite sex couples.
Why legitimize FOX News in the primary when you know they’ll end up smearing you in the election?
Edwards remembers how FOX offered a platform for the Swiftboat Veterans smear campaign. It was less than three years ago.
John Edwards hired a couple very smart bloggers to help with his campaign. Smart move.
Edwards fires (aka. they stepped down) the two bloggers. Huh?
Listening to people to the right of George W. Bush is not the secret to winning elections in 2008. Edwards screwed up by not standing up for talented members of his staff under criticism from a documented bigot.
Here’s his announcement video on YouTube:
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It looks like Minnesota’s own Chuck Olson from MNStories along with Andrew Baron from Rocketboom have a role in the online video side of Edwards’ campaign. Good luck to Chuck and Andrew taking online video to new levels of importance in the 2008 race. This Flickr photo of Chuck’s desktop is pretty awesome.