Sunshine State Sarah does her best to mitigate the damage that N number of boo-ers (and boors) did at last night’s debate:
The debate included video questions that were submitted on YouTube, and one came from a soldier serving in Iraq who is gay and asked about the candidates’ opinions on don’t ask don’t tell. There was audible booing after his question…however, please note that it was not the crowd booing. It was only one or two people.
…but said damage was in point of fact done. It is not the end of the world, and it is not even going to cost us next year’s election, but booing a soldier who is serving in a war zone is still a stupid and low-rent activity that makes you (deservedly) look bad. It also makes the people sitting next to you look bad. And you don’t get a mulligan on it if the soldier is gay.
I am not going to even bother to try to persuade people on the ethics of this: if you think that you have the moral right to insult a soldier who is voluntarily putting his or her body between you and a jihadi suicide bomber because that soldier is gay… well, that is indeed what you think. But please remember this: if you are a conservative, Republican, and/or a member of the Tea Party then everything that you say and do can and will be used against you – and the rest of us – in the court of public opinion, for the rest of your life. This is a thing that happens. I am aware that you probably think that this is unfair. It is unfair.
Guess what? LIFE. IS. NOT. FAIR.
Suck it up and walk it off.