From MEDIA MATTERS (May 12, 2010):
Joe Scarborough and MSNBC’s Morning Joe cast devoted nearly half an hour today to discussing discredited rumors that Elena Kagan is gay — even while noting that the White House says she isn’t gay and repeatedly acknowledging that most Americans probably don’t “care.”
The discussion occupied much of the first 15 minutes of the show. Despite the fact that there is absolutely no evidence that Kagan is gay and that the White House and Kagan’s friends have unequivocally said that she isn’t gay, Scarborough portrayed the issue as a “bigger question.” Scarborough and Pat Buchanan repeatedly tied the discredited rumors to false claims that Kagan banned military recruiters from Harvard’s campus.
The purported hook for Scarborough’s discussion was the controversy over whether The Wall Street Journal‘s use of a 17-year-old photo of Kagan playing softball was intended to be a reference to the rumors.
Leading off the show, Scarborough said, “Apparently, I didn’t know this, but softball bat symbolizes a certain lifestyle.”
You know, I don’t remember this much scrutiny about Senator Susan Collins, Harriet Miers, or Condoleezza Rice. They’re older than Elena Kagan and unmarried. How do we know that they’re not in…
But Scarborough is wrong. It isn’t a “bigger question.” There is simply no evidence that Kagan is gay, and just last night, Politico‘s Ben Smith reported the following:
Elena Kagan is not a lesbian, one of her best friends told POLITICO Tuesday night, responding to persistent rumors and innuendo about the Supreme Court nominee’s personal life.
Moments after saying that “apparently, the bigger question is, is she gay? Does it matter? Do we care?,” Scarborough said the following:
A couple weeks ago, and we’re going to get the quote, someone suggested when Elena Kagan’s name came up that she was gay. And the White House responded by saying this is a smear, the attacks, which made a bunch of gay groups come out and say, wait a second, is it a smear? Do you accept gays and lesbians as equals, or do you consider it a smear? So this softball bat-gate is actually opening up a much bigger question. Not about whether she’s gay, but how the White House has responded to it and whether Americans are going to want to know whether she is or not.
Several minutes later, Morning Joe returned to the issue, with Scarborough asking, “[W]hat about her being a lesbian, if she is a lesbian, does that matter?”
SCARBOROUGH: OK, but what about her being a lesbian, if she is a lesbian, does that matter?
SCARBOROUGH: Pat Buchanan, you’ve talked about a generational divide on gay marriage, on gays, lesbians. Do you think, just politically, put on your political hat here, that if she were a lesbian, that Americans would care? That the majority of Americans would care?
BUCHANAN: I think some Americans, certainly, would care about that.
Buchanan then said that the rumors about Kagan “tend to reinforce the fact she kept the military — or sent the recruiters off of campus” — a reference to the false claim that Kagan banned military recruiters from Harvard:
BUCHANAN: I think some Americans, certainly, would care about that. But I think her problem is this, it’s not so much what her orientation is, and it does tend to reinforce the fact she kept the military — or sent the recruiters off of campus over the fact that they are allegedly discriminating against gays, even though the policy was imposed by Clinton.
Still later in the show, Scarborough again referenced the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell issue,” saying to Buchanan: “Her sexual orientation may be irrelevant to the majority of Americans. But when you attach it to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and the letter she wrote as dean of the law school, then suddenly conservatives have a reason to go that direction, right?”
Buchanan responded, “I think the military thing is the big issue. The military off campus, the allegation that she is anti-military.” (The allegation that Kagan is “anti-military” is also false.)
Buchanan then explained: “The very fact we’re discussing this right now, indicates to me that that photograph worked. Now, I don’t think I’ve got a bad mind, but when I saw that photograph, I said to myself, they are trying to introduce the idea of her orientation, about which we’ve read way down in columns, for a good while. And I think they succeeded.”
(video at MEDIA MATTERS link)
Back to Squirrelly Sue, Harriet, and Condi. Squirrelly Sue has to vote on things like same-sex marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Condi was confirmed by the Senate to be Secretary of State. There was not one question about her sexuality. What if she had to deal severely with a really gay country, like France? How could we have trusted her to rely on her intellect instead of on what her lady parts were telling her? And Harriet? Well, hell, just look at her! Look at her left cheek–she’s chewing tobacco! While we’re at it, have you ever seen Joe Squinty Scarborough or Pat Buchanan playing softball or any other sport? And they drink those fancy frou-frou coffee drinks from Starbucks! Just sayin’.
And don’t even get me started on John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas…