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  •  I think it's a calculated political move (14+ / 0-)

    He's trying to triangulate the issues and appear as a "centrist".

    He's done things like this in the past, its from the Voinovich school of political triangulation - appearing just moderate enough on a couple of issues to fool Dems into voting for him. because "he's not such a bad guy".   Nothing these two do is because of compassion or caring for others. At their core, they're arch conservatives who would sooner see someone die in the street than offer them free health care.

    Portman sees himself in the White House some day.  He's making this move now because

    1) 2016 is a few years away, time for this "confession" to sink in and the controversy to pass

    2) the media or pundits were bound to bring up his son's sexual orientation eventually, so it's better to get ahead of them.

    3) the "centrist" triangulation scheme

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 06:49:09 AM PDT

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    •  Rec'd for Voinovich reference (4+ / 0-)

      That's exactly what Voinovich did throughout his political career. Remember, this racist asshole got his start in the Ohio legislature by voting against equal housing laws. He's not one of the good guys.

      •  Yep, Portman learned from the master of deception (2+ / 0-)
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        If people bothered to read some of the interviews Voino gave just before and after his retirement, they saw what a narrow minded, right wing ideologue he really was.  In those waning days, he let the curtain drop a little, revealing his true nature.

        Anyone who followed his activities closely in the senate and tried to advance an agenda involving a health care issue knew his true nature.   He didn't believe in Medicaid, he barely tolerated Medicare.  Not a nice guy at all, but expert at making Democrats think he was.

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:52:54 AM PDT

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    •  Rich Cordray for U.S. Senate 2016 (2+ / 0-)
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      There's someone who would stand up for regular people and be a great partner for Sherrod Brown. I am getting sick of these GOP pretend "moderates" like Voinie and DeWhiny. I have even heard people call Portman a "moderate." Maybe compared to ... I don't know, Ted Cruz? Rand Paul?

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 12:39:25 PM PDT

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    •  But will it work? (0+ / 0-)

      Personally, I think Portman just committed political suicide as far as the presidency (or VP) is concerned. Gay rights are one of the Big Four (the others being abortion rights, gun rights and taxes) on which any apostasy is absolutely verboten in the Republican Party. Portman just joined the ranks of Arlen Spector, Elizabeth Dole and St. Rudy 9iu11iani in the "Hey, look at us, we're not like the Democrat Party that wouldn't let Bob Casey speak at their convention, we've got MODERATES in our field but hell if I'll ever vote for 'em" caucus.

      In fact, I think he could be in big trouble for re-nomination to his Senate seat in 2016. His one hope right now is that the Tea Party will probably be out of steam by then (such movements usually are), but I wouldn't take even that to the bank.

      Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

      by RamblinDave on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:00:19 PM PDT

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