Okay, by now many of you have heard that Patricia Todd, the FIRST lesbian candidate who might have actually made it to the State House here in Alabama, has had her VALID primary victory held up by DEMOCRATIC PARTY operatives in the state. Those operatives are fighting her candidacy, some people say (oops sorry that's copyright Fox News 2004) because she is not black.
Oh no, my friends, I am not making this up. None other than the New York Frickin' Times is covering this story. The state Democratic Caucus is figuring out what to "do" with her as I type this.
I went to lunch with a group of Democrats yesterday and one told me, "Oh yeah, [Alabama Democratic kingmaker] Joe Reed would not care if she was gay, straight, bisexual or a siamese twin, as long as she was black."
Sorry to ask the obvious question, but is this what the civil rights movement was about? Making sure there are set-aside seats for black candidates? Even if Democratic primary voters vote for a...I am not making this up...lesbian instead? I'm sorry, but it is not as if blacks are not represented in statewide and city politics. It is as if gays and lesbians are not represented. At all.
By the way, I sure do hope Bull Connor is spinning in his grave right now.
There was a lot of hand-wringing at the Democrats' lunch about how this makes our state look and isn't it too bad because there are some of us here who are open-minded and liberal. With all due respect to those fellow Democrats, we're sitting in suburban Birmingham eating nine dollar lunches. Our state deserves what ever invective the national press and the blogosphere wants to kick our groin with, if this is how DEMOCRATS are gonna fuckin' behave. I'm ashamed of every single Democrat who wants to overturn what the VOTERS decided in the primary. For the first time in my life, I'm ashamed to be a so-called Democrat.
There's only one way to fix this in my opinion.
We need an all-lesbian State House.
Just for a few years. To "make up" for the gross under-representation of this distinct minority. And yes, Joe, some of them can be black lesbians. Just for you.
One more message for Joe Reed: Just to prove to us that, as you say, this is not about Patricia Todd's sexual orientation? Ma hunnie, it's tranny time:
UPDATE: It looks like this is gross injustice is being overturned as I type. Good prevails! Birmingham Blues is the go-to blog on this issue. You rock, Kathy.