With Hillary Clinton standing at his side, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley yesterday endorsed her run for U.S. president and then described the Democratic candidate as so tough that she "makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy." Ouch!
Read more about it here and here and here.
After the governor uttered what I consider to be a major insult against gay men, the Smoking Gun reported that Clinton, "stepped up to the mic to accept Easley's endorsement, (she) said nothing about his 'pansy' comment."
Later, the Clinton campaign released this statement about the governor's insult: "We certainly wish the governor would have chosen his words better and have expressed our disappointment to his staff."
As far as I can tell, Hillary is no homophobe. But she no doubt will gladly take the support of a homophobe without hesitation if it'll help her campaign.
Will she now disassociate herself from Easley, like Barack Obama did regarding Rev. Wright? Who are we kidding? It's okay in America to insult gays and get away with it. But (allegedly) insult white, working class, religious, gun-owning voters? Political crucifixion is sure to follow.