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  •  I absolutely thought "closet" (4+ / 0-)

    when I read about how bizarre this incident is, and how he has not accounted for it.  Then this quotation from the former director of Human Rights Campaign set off sirens:

    Knowing who you are, and being able to authentically share it with the public, is everything in a successful political career, Sam.
    I speak some gay, and she is saying "COME OUT."

    And I think it makes sense considering he is such a promising, ambitious, politician -- he cannot handle admitting who he actually is.

    •  I never looked at it that way. (4+ / 0-)

      But just the larger context that authenticity—or the ability to feign it very well—is the "it" quality in politics.

      Bill Clinton felt our pain (whether he did or didn't, many people believed it).

      Right or wrong, George W. Bush was a straight-talking guy that told you exactly what he thought.

      By contrast, Romney is a flip-flopper that will say anything, and no one knows what he really believes. And no one likes him for that very reason.

      And that's how Arora came out of this looking, like a flip-flopping weasel that will say anything.

      •  It's an ambiguous statement; (1+ / 0-)
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        therefore, it's open to either your or old possum's interpretation.  The feel I get on it is that it was purposely very carefully crafted that way.  Its tone is intimate, yet it doesn't carry the same type of anger that a less thoughtfully structured statement might.

        The more revealing statement, I think, is the following sentence: "You have lost your credibility before you even cast a vote."  In the eyes of the public, the proof of credibility, in this instance, would have been to vote in the manner promised when he campaigned.  So, it appears that she isn't speaking about a public failing (since his credibility was lost prior to the vote), but a private one.

        •  Sure. (2+ / 0-)
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          dharmafarmer, Tamar

          I would just caution against presuming Rosen was talking that way because all members of the gay mafia know each other and all the politician's secrets.

          I don't know if Rosen has a personal relationship with Arora, or had met or was even aware of him before saying that.

          It certainly could be a message directed at ANY politician, whether one knew them personally or  not.

          Authenticity is king.

          •  By saying "intimate," (0+ / 0-)

            I mean in the literary sense - that it isn't constructed in a "dear Delegate Arora" kind of way, but is much more personalized in tone.  In that sense, I don't think it's a message that could be directed at any politician.  But that could arise simply from the fact that by co-sponsoring, he positioned himself at least as an ally with whom she could think there was some meeting of the minds.  Overall, though, I agree absolutely.  It's too ambiguous to be conclusive of anything at all.

    •  And another thing! (1+ / 0-)
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      Who is this aid that quit just before the gay marriage vote?  THAT is where we should be looking for answers.

      •  I was unaware of that detail (0+ / 0-)

        but it could just be out of disgust for the change in position.  It is still worth looking into, but may or may not result in an answer.

      •  I hadn't heard about this. do you have a link? (0+ / 0-)

        I was wondering about his staff since my guess is they signed on when they thought he was a real progressive. They certainly seemed embarrassed when answering the phones during the days before the final vote.

        We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

        by Tamar on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 09:53:34 PM PST

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