Is Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham “Ambiguously Gay”?

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Call it gaydar, if you wish, but I have felt for many years that Republican South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is gay.

In 2009 I said the following.

After all this turmoil can’t  South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham at least just wave from behind his closet door?

I also made this comment in 2010.

I think Senator Graham is one of the thoughtful and insightful Republicans who serve in the Congress.  I enjoy his attempts to try to sway me to his point of view when he is interviewed.  Having said that I often disagree with the South Carolina Senator.

I most certainly disagreed with Senator Graham when he voted to keep DADT the law of the land this past weekend.  Not only was the policy that barred gays from openly serving wrong, but Graham has long been rumored to be gay.

Living authentically is something I think is important for all people to do, but perhaps even more so for those who are elected to represent all the rest of us.

As such I  am following the news that Lindsey Graham may be about to be outed for being gay.

If that happens then I think it needs to be viewed in the following context.

One can rightfully argue that if our nation had been more humane and progressive when Lindsey Graham was in college, or in his early adult years, that his coming to terms with his sexuality would have been easier, and therefore not a newsworthy item.  That type of just society is one that liberals fight for every day. (Take note all your closeted conservatives….liberals have your best interest at heart.)   Those are the types of rights that are advocated from time to time on this blog.  When people are forced into the closet for whatever reason, and denied the right to live honestly, the results are the type of story that very well may play out in the headlines with Senator Graham.

Bottom line is I think Senator Graham had a duty to protect and fight for issues that impacted all of gay society.  Himself, included.

Now comes the news that one of Graham’s challengers this year in a right-wing Tea-Party inspired primary designed to make the nation even more politically inoperative has brought the gay issue to the top of the pile.

Four of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s announced challengers in June’s Republican primary pledged support for each other Thursday if any of them end up in a runoff with the Seneca incumbent.

But a news conference announcing their alliance on the State House steps took an unexpected turn when the most minor of the candidates, Dave Feliciano of Spartanburg, took the podium and called Graham “ambiguously gay.”

Feliciano said, “It’s about time that South Carolina (says) hey, We’re tired of the ambiguously gay senator from South Carolina. We’re ready for a new leader to merge the Republican Party. We’re done with this. This is what it’s about, all of us coming together and saying, one way or the other, one of us is going to be on that ballot in November.”  

I have long thought that Graham wins this election, and serve again for another term in Washington.   But for everyone involved, including his own happiness and mental peace of mind let us hope he can come out as gay and live openly and thereby better serve the nation.

NBC Talking With David Gregory About Future Of “Meet The Press”

Readers to this blog know I am not thrilled with what has been happening to one of this nation’s most important news programs.  Meet The Press has suffered since the passing of Tim Russert and it is time to correct the problem.

NBC agrees.

This week NBC News President Deborah Turness met with host David Gregory and executive producer Rob Yarin to discuss changes to the format of the show.   “Meet the Press,” which has suffered in recent years and came in third place behind ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” last quarter.   The show’s fourth-quarter ratings marked the lowest total viewers “Meet” has had in a fourth quarter since 1991. Its ratings in the coveted 25-to-54 demo were the lowest in the show’s history.

The New York Times Will Stay In The Family

Good news.

Last fall, when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post from the legendary Graham family, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of The New York Times and patriarch of one of America’s last surviving newspaper dynasties, set up a family-wide phone call and posed a simple but forceful question: “Are you game?”

Sulzberger and his cousin, Times Company vice chairman Michael Golden, planned to draft a letter stating that the Times is not for sale, and they wanted to know if the rest of the clan would put their names to it.

“They all said yes,” Sulzberger recalled during a Thursday morning interview at the Bryant Park Grill.

He was reinforcing a much-reiterated position amid mounting speculation that the Ochs-Sulzberger family might at some point in the not-so-distant future unburden themselves of the paper they’ve stewarded since 1896.