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“The question at the core of the debate of homosexuality is; what do we do with an abnormal person? Do we kill him/her? Do we imprison him/her? Or we do contain him/her? … You cannot call an abnormality an alternative orientation. It could be that the Western societies, on account of random breeding, have generated many abnormal people,” – President Museveni of Uganda, in a letter also appearing to argue that Uganda’s eliminationist anti-gay law might be invalid on technical grounds.

Jim Burroway has some accounts of the confusing developments here.

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“If you can’t take some joy, some modicum of relief and mirth, in the unprecedentedly spectacular beclowning of the president, his administration, its enablers, and, to no small degree, liberalism itself, then you need to ask yourself why you’re following politics in the first place. Because, frankly, this has been one of the most enjoyable political moments of my lifetime. I wake up in the morning and rush to find my just-delivered newspaper with a joyful expectation of worsening news so intense, I feel like Morgan Freeman should be narrating my trek to the front lawn,” – Jonah Goldberg.

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“People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)” – Richard Cohen, Washington Post.

The argument that the GOP is fueled by cultural bewilderment at a multi-racial, multi-cultural, gay married, multi-faith America is a vital one if you want to understand our irrational politics right now. So I wasn’t going to pile on. But when I thought about it, two words really leaped out at me: “conventional” and “gag-reflex.” No one who holds conventional views gags at an inter-racial couple; only someone with reactionary views does that. Yes, some older folks may still feel discomfort at the sight of an inter-racial couple, but, Gallup shows they only count for a third of even the over 65s. The total approval of a marriage like De Blasio’s hit a record of 86 percent in 2011. So 14 percent is now conventional? Or is Cohen once again telling us something about his issues with African-Americans?

And seriously: “must repress a gag reflex”? Makes you want to vomit? It’s not even a Buchanan “recoil”!

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Video edition:

Cohn recoils:

The ad doesn’t have a lot of hits yet and I’m reluctant to give it more attention. But it comes from Generation Opportunity, which appears to be a well-funded conservative group staffed by young people and based in Virginia. According to Chris Moody, of Yahoo News, the group is about to launch a 20-college tour in which they will try to persuade young people to “opt out” of Obamacare—i.e., to pay the financial penalty for uninsurance rather than take up coverage.

Bernstein suspects that this ad, and the other ad in this campaign, are really about raising money from Obamacare opponents:

These ads could not be better designed to do one thing: to get condemned by liberals. Thus impressing easily scammed conservative marks, who tend to really believe that if liberals hate something, it must be terrific and effective.