I’ve said for a long time that voters don’t care to hear your positions on specific policies, or what your economic plan is if they think that you are out of touch culturally. (see Mitt Romney) Many prominent Republicans, including RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, have tried to teach this lesson by telling candidates not to “say stupid things” to make voters think that they are out of touch.
Today, once again, Republicans are getting to learn this lesson the hard way. GOP Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (R-NJ) did just that – he said something stupid. In response to a question about his opponent Cory Booker’s refusal to publicly state his sexual orientation, Lonegan gave a horrible answer. As reported by Politico –
In response, Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg “maybe that helps to get him the gay vote, by acting ambiguous.”
“It’s kind of weird,” Lonegan added. “As a guy, I personally like being a guy.”
And, Lonegan noted, “I don’t know if you saw the stories last year. They’ve been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o’clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure.”
”I don’t like going out in the middle of the night, or any time of the day, for a manicure and pedicure. It was described as his peculiar fetish, is how it was described,” Lonegan said. “I have a more peculiar fetish, I like a good Scotch and a cigar, that’s my fetish, but we’ll just compare the two.”
Wow. Can you even believe that? “As a guy, I personally like being a guy.” Really Steve?
I don’t know Steve Lonegan. So I have no idea what he really thinks about gay people. It is important to note that a few days ago on MSNBC Lonegan said that he supports efforts to federally ban discrimination in employment base on sexual orientation. That doesn’t matter if his comments about gay people make him seem out of touch with real life in 2013.
The reality today is that gay people are everywhere, and gay people are just like everyone else – with varied interests, likes and dislikes. Voters know this because, everyone has a gay person in their life. Now they think that Lonegan’s reality must be different from theirs and that of most people in New Jersey.
In today’s media environment, we know that comments made in a race in any given state have national implications. This is why most of America thinks that the Republican Party is old and out-of-touch. These comments by Lonegan only reinforce that perception.
That sound you hear is my head banging against the wall…again….
***UPDATE*** (10/10/2013) – He did it again. He’s totally out of touch with life in America in 2013…and frankly, a little nuts. Watch the whole debate here (gay stuff is at about 20:00 and really crazy stuff at about 22:15):