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Fred Karger-- A Gay-Republican Bait-And-Switch Scheme?

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A former Republican operative for three different Republican Administrations named Fred Karger has declared his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in 2012. He styles himself a gay conservative, but also a progressive Republican.

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Karger says, "I am a fighter and I am trying to change the Republican party and to open it up to everybody. If every gay person left the Republican party and went to the Democrats, that would be stupid. I believe in smaller federal government and personal responsibility just like my hero, Ronald Reagan."

However, except for his advocacy of same-sex marriage, there is very little to be found on his website, or in the press clippings there, about Fred Karger the politician or (lacking electoral experience) politician-wannabe, with less than two years before the 2012 election.

The best article I have been able to find on the fellow, by Paul Harris in The Observer, notes that, like Karl Rove, he is a disciple of Lee Atwater, the Republican dirty trickster, and has no regrets about his role in the 1988 campaign. Karger toured the country with relatives of the victims of Willie Horton, a murderer that 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis had released, and it was a factor in Dukakis' defeat.

I have spoken about the Republican disinformationist from DC that inhabits my political discussion board. "Trent" has already spilled the beans that what Fred Karger is doing at college campuses is youth voter registration.

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My speculation that Karger is acting as a stalking horse, running a bait-and-switch operation to register thousands and thousands of young gays and other students who then will vote (many for their first times) Republican in 2012, whoever the nominee is-- and it won't be Karger-- gains more credibility.

In one statement on his website, Karger claims that he expects to raise $5 million for his campaign. Heck, the Swift Boaters operated on about $6 million. And the composition of an ad that he used in Iowa says serious money, with up-to-standard graphics.

$5 mill for a secondary-scale operation, legal risk free, that might generate another million Republican voters if Karger does his Judas-goat job well and devotedly? Seems like a very good deal for the GOP. That million voters -- half that-- might win two or three close states, and put a Republican candidate over the top in a close election with low Democratic voter turnout, depressed by a constant drumbeat of Republican negative campaigning and outright spreading of lies.

What brilliant strategy! These freakin Democrats had better wake up!

I have been exhaustively through Fred Karger's website. There are no position papers. There is nothing but his advocacy of gay marriage that would indicate anything progressive about Fred Karger.

And besides that, he and the Log Cabin Republicans are allies. They are fighting Mitt Romney over his flipflops on gay rights.

Any friend of the Log Cabin Republicans, no matter how Arab-style enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend, is not to be trusted. And Karger's relationship to them dates from the 1990s.

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Just the fact that Fred Karger, a Republican without a snowflake's chance in hell to win the nomination of his party, rather than a gay Democratic congressman, say, with at least a party behind him that backs gay rights (however lukewarmly), is the one making this run that one article compares to that of U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm demonstrates another point I have been making from the time of the first DADT Repeal White-House-fence Chain-up, when it became really clear to me what the game was: that the Republican Party, with brilliant strategy and tactics, has hijacked the GTBL civil rights movement, and for reasons that I still haven't gotten to the bottom of, gay and gay-ally Democrats, liberals and progressives, have allowed them to do so without any audible protest.

One of "Trent's" disingenuous Democrat-bashing memes is that a progressive Democrat should challenge President Obama from the left for the 2012 nomination. The best thing that could happen for gays would be for an actual progressive gay candidate to challenge Fred Karger, and challenge him pointedly in the places where Karger is picking up "low hanging fruit"-- naive young undergrads-- for the Republican Party.


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My name is William Perkins Homans the third, but probably more people know me as the bluesman (and artist) Watermelon Slim.

I've been in the fight against war, fascism, injustice and inhumanity for 40 years. I was at MayDay, and at the moratorium March the week before. I was one of the leaders of the Great New Jersey Turnpike Stall on my birthday, April 25, 1971.

I bear the scar on my left shin from a neoNazi jackboot, when I was one of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War who bounced the NSWPP from Flamingo Park at the Republican National Convention of 1972. My father fought the Nazis in the North Atlantic and Anzio, and I met their spawn in Miami.

My formal education has been first-rate. I wouldn't trade my degrees for Harvard ones. I was raised in the finest private Catholic and Episcopal high schools.

Elementary School: Gibbons Hall, Asheville, North Carolina

High Schools: Asheville School for Boys, Asheville Country Day, Lenox School for Boys. Graduated with honors 1968.

College: Middlebury College, 1968-DNG

1984-86: University of Oregon, B.A., Journalism and History, Departmental Honors in History, 1986.

I was also captain of the U of O bowling team, 1984-1986. High game 299.

1997-2000: Oklahoma State University. M.A., History, 2000, plus the school-teaching curriculum. Mentor: Dr. Ronald Petrin.

This was my second great self-reinvention attempt. In both, I got the degrees, but neither worked. After both, I went back to truckdriving and the blues. and now the latter makes my living. I just am not a button-down enough fellow ever to be a schoolteacher or general-purpose news reporter. But I think and analyze, and so I write...

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