"My name's Keith Kerr, from Santa Rosa, California. I'm a retired
brigadier general with 43 years of service,'' Kerr told the candidates
in the video that he submitted to the YouTube debate. "I'm a graduate
of the Special Forces Officer Course, the Commanding General Staff
Course and the Army War College. And I'm an openly gay man.
"I want to know why you think that American men and women in
uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians.''
CNN decided not to tell a lot of things in the last CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate. Well, except maybe a pack of lies. They claimed not to know that retired Brigadier General Keith Kerr, an openly gay man, once served on Hillary Clinton's campaign on her "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender steering committee."
They claimed to take his word that he, as a Log Cabin Republican, was there representing himself and had contributed no money to any of the Democratic candidates.
I guess they forgot about the fact that they have actually interviewed this guy once before, when he was a member of a veterans group that supported John Kerry's 2004 election bid. Or maybe, just maybe, when they decided to fly Kerr on a special trip to the debate, they decided not to tell that, and hoped no one would think to ask.
Well, the general asked about the current US military policy towards gays, and boy was Mitt Romney ever sorry he did it. Ol' Flippy the Flopper II kinda reversed his position from the time he was all for allowing gays to openly serve in the military. Now, he seems to think "don't ask, don't tell" is a fine policy.
To quote that well-known gay former marine Gomer Pyle-"surprise, surprise, surprise!"
All the other candidates pretty much voiced support for the policy as well, but of course that has pretty much always been their positions, or relatively close enough to them they didn't look like complete schmucks.
Romney, not so much, and after the drubbing he took by Anderson Cooper, who wouldn't let the matter rest, I guess we can assume Romney must have been wearing his special magic Mormon underwear, as he seems to have pretty much shit on himself.
Now CNN is being accused of knowingly allowing the Clinton campaign to plant this obvious stooge in the debate as a means of tripping up one or more of the candidates. At the end, he expressed the view that none of the candidates answered his question satisfactorily.
Don't ask, don't tell? Some things are so obvious no words need be spoken. The only problem is, it's hard to see what either camp hoped to accomplish, other than to make Romney look like a greasy weasel. But hell, we already knew that.