Should McCain's chief of staff have been outed?
(Getty Images) Gay media has been abuzz with the reported outing of Mark Buse, Senate chief of staff for presidential candidate John McCain, as a gay man. Mike Signorile and lefty blogger Mike Rogers, who did the honors, rationalized that McCain opposes most gay rights issues (he did, however, oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment, calling marriage a states' issue) and that any gay who works for him is some kind of big enabler. Today, the Log Cabin Republicans responded:
"Mark Buse has been openly gay for years and has acknowledged as much," blogged the Cabins' Scott Tucker. "This political stunt . . . just proves what Log Cabin has been saying for years: John McCain is an inclusive Republican who hires the best people, regardless of sexual orientation."
Neither McCain nor Buse has commented publicly. McCain, at least, has bigger problems: his move to delay Friday's presidential debate to focus on the White House's proposed $700 billion Wall Street bailout is being painted by some Democrats as cowardice, and every hour the U.S. economy hurls toiletward is liable to hurt the GOP.
What I wonder is, when picking top aides, do Republicans ever hire any straight people? I keep thinking of the Mark Foley scandal, and how it emerged that many gay aides (not to mention Dennis Hastert) knew the congressman might have congressional-page problems, and how hard they worked to keep it quiet.