Friday, March 11, 2016

Hillary's No Good, Very Bad Day

Earlier today Hillary Clinton, attending Nancy Reagan's funeral, said to MSNBC,  “It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan, in particular, Mrs. Reagan, we started a national conversation when before no one would talk about it, no one wanted to do anything about it, and that too is something that really appreciated, with her very effective, low-key advocacy, but it penetrated the public conscience and people began to say ‘Hey, we have to do something about this too.’”

Gay social media exploded like a pimple.

Social custom dictates that you say nice things about a person at her funeral. It doesn't dictate that you take a trip to Fantasyland.

My Facebook feed oozed with disbelief and anger from gay men.  Now, some said, they'd sooner vote for a Hershey's Kiss than Hillary.

Back in January the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) endorsed Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, which probably gave Bernie Sanders a good chuckle today.  HRC president Chad Griffin set Clinton straight by tweeting, "While I respect her advocacy on issues like stem cell & Parkinson's research, Nancy Reagan was, sadly, no hero in the fight against HIV/AIDS."

No indeed.  And neither was her husband, Mr. I-will-not-mention-AIDS.

About two hours after the MSNBC interview aired Clinton tweeted, “While the Reagans were strong advocates for stem cell research and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, I misspoke about their record on HIV and AIDS.  For that, I’m sorry.”

Contrite and quick.  Will it be enough to win back irate gay voters?

I have a suggestion for her.  She could go before an LGBT audience and lampoon herself.  She could say, "I remember, back in the '60s, listening to Abraham Lincoln on the radio as he honored Dolly Madison for swimming the English Channel.  Heady days."