Like He Said, "...I Think I'm Gay..."

@anniepa (27247)
United States
January 16, 2012 10:01pm CST
If you follow politics you probably know by now that Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the race for the GOP Presidential nomination. You may also know his withdrawal came on the same day South Carolina's largest newspaper, The State, endorsed him for the Republican nomination. You may NOT know what follows below: Cindi Scoppe, associate editor of The State, said Huntsman’s decision has left the newspaper feeling like a spurned lover. Scoppe, who penned the endorsement piece on the former Utah governor that was published a day before he dropped out, said: "It is rather like having gone through a courtship for some period of time and finally making love with a man, for him to suddenly turn around and say, "you know what, I think I‘m gay"." http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2012/01/16/editor-at-newspaper-that-endorsed-huntsman-sunday-compares-experience-to-dating-someone-who-suddenly-turns-around-and-says-you-know-what-i-think-im-gay/ That's right, she really said that! I really can't think at the moment what it would be but I'm sure I could of thought of a better analogy than that! How about you? Annie
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• United States
17 Jan 12
Bad analogy...but funny. He had to know he was dropping out. It is not a decision that is made on the fly. The newspaper has every right to be mad.
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@anniepa (27247)
• United States
17 Jan 12
I agree. It's not only Huntsman but have you ever noticed how every candidate who ultimately ends up dropping out is always "in it to stay", ya-da-ya-da, until they're OUT? Obviously they have to be lying to our faces up until the moment they actually announce they're quitting! Annie
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
17 Jan 12
Campaigns are expensive and money starts to dry up when you can't muster better than 5th and 3rd. Remember, even Romney dropped out in 2008 and he was 2nd to McCain. Only Ron Paul and Huckabee fought till the end.
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@anniepa (27247)
• United States
18 Jan 12
They sure are expensive and I think everyone knows how I feel about that! Annie
@inertia4 (27395)
• United States
18 Jan 12
Honestly I would not endorse any of those clowns. I would be embarrassed to be associated with them in any way shape or form. And for the editor to make that comment, I guess she was not that smart of a person. Being an editor you would think she would be able to have a better play on words.
@anniepa (27247)
• United States
18 Jan 12
I'm not going to question her intelligence but I imagine she was taken aback when he suddenly dropped out so soon after graciously accepting the endorsement. I agree with you about those clowns, by the way; now THAT was an excellent choice of words! Annie
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@inertia4 (27395)
• United States
20 Jan 12
Thank you for saying that. I am not questioning her intelligence, I am just saying she could not be that swift. Sometimes the smarter people are the dumber they are as well. They lack some common sense.
• United States
17 Jan 12
No I think it is perfect. She is equating her love for Huntsman to be president to a straight lady's pursuit of a gay guy. Now, the main question is did Huntsman See the writing on the wall Way before, like a guy in the closet would? If so , The analogy is Perfect! He just let his followers take him to dinner And spend the night Only to say, By the way I'm gay. I think it is perfect! She didn't say Huntsman Was really gay. And sadly many will read it that way! But the analogy is perfect to me And isn't gay bashing At all.
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@anniepa (27247)
• United States
17 Jan 12
I never gave a thought to her implying Huntsman is gay. I agree though, he had to have had some idea he was dropping out and yet he apparently actively courted the paper's endorsement and accepted it literally hours before it was leaked he was withdrawing. When you put it that way, it IS a good analogy, isn't it? Annie
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• United States
17 Jan 12
It is perfect! I hope the Huntsman people walk across the aisle and vote Democrat!
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@gladys46 (1205)
• United States
17 Jan 12
Hi Annie! I think Ms. Scoppe's reaction is just symptomatic of demographic, bigoted mindsets even in media. I can think of at least one other painful example that she might have used ... very simply, we made a mistake!
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@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 12
I think it's the perfect analogy since there are people whose political ideology resonates with them to the same degree as a love affair. It is the way liberals viewed Obama, with Evan Thomas of Newsweek saying Obama is "like God". It's a heartbreak for them to find even the tiniest flaw in their object of adoration, and they feel the same pangs of abandonment over Huntsman as they would over a lover jilting them. I don't think it would have had the same level of poignancy if she had written that he said "I am married", for instance. No, it was perfect as written. Ask any woman whose husband suddenly decides to tell her he was gay all along - it is the most sure end to a relationship and a devastating one.
@anniepa (27247)
• United States
18 Jan 12
You really nailed it with your last sentence, it definitely is a sure end to a relationship! I have to tell you as one of those pesky liberals that I never viewed Obama or any other politician in that way. So one columnist compared him to God, that doesn't mean that was the general consensus. I've also never expected anyone, least of all a politician, to be without flaws. I don't know much about The State or the editor in question but I didn't think it was a liberal paper. Annie
@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 12
Evan Thomas is an editor of Newsweek, not a columnist - which I think goes some way to showing that the entire magazine has a bias despite its title. I don't mind bias in the media, if it is open. One is sure where someone like Rachel Maddow stands, she gives opinion, not reports news. But if you call yourself a new magazine, you ought to at least try to be even-handed. I gave Evan Thomas of an example of the intensity of feeling people put into politicians and political issues, not to say it is wholly a characteristic of liberals - the other far end of the political spectrum also holds such intense feelings. That is why people must try to view politics as one does the law - without emotion and with only a clear eye to the true and sure consequence of every policy. Too much is decided upon emotion, without facts or an eye to the results of following an agenda.