I'm compelled to state, for the record if nothing else, how shallow, stereotypical, and, ultimately, uninformed those posts purporting either to diagnose Dad's mental health or determine the beliefs of Tea Party supporters are. I wonder how many who've parroted the pablum poured forth on MSNBC and similar leftist media outlets have actually ever MET, let alone talked with, a Tea Party supporter? Whatever happened to that precious "diversity" you people are always talking about? Where's your intellectual curiosity - and honesty - when it comes to forming your opinions from facts you've personally uncovered and verified, instead of just passing on the latest cliche trotted out by HRC, Victory Fund, or any of the other allegedly non-partisan G&L advocacy groups that in reality are nothing more than closeted Democratic fundraisers?
Let me tell you about another Carl, an "openly gay" - just what does that mean, anyway, and who defines it? - Republican candidate for Congress, running to represent CA's 52nd CD, named Carl DeMaio. Here are links to his campaign website and to a broad and fair summary of his career and achievements, courtesy of the usually-Democratic Yahoo: http://carldemaio.comhttp://news.yahoo.com/carl-demaio-running-for-congress-in-california--220037721.html
Make up your own mind about whether you'd support him or not, but please, don't perpertuate the myth - or the stereotype, if you're compelled to use that term - that most GOPers or Tea Partiers are as anti-gay as you persist in portraying them to be. As a former GOP Congressional nominee (CA 8th CD (Pelosi)) myself - and yes, an "openly gay" one with an equally "open" record of litigating both for G&Ls and against intolerant GOPers - I can assure you from my own experience holding elected office within the GOP and seeking public office outside of it that there are significant numbers of Democrats that are no friends to G&L rights except for the perceived political advantage of holding themselves out as such. The only difference between them and anti-G&L GOPers is that the latter are open and forthright about their beliefs, however abhorrent they may be, while the former are just plain political hypocrites. Take or leave this fact as you will, but don't be surprised when someone who did hearken to it calls you out the next time you repeat some ignorant, and ultimately, prejudiced, piece of nonsense you never bothered to verify yourself.