Galloway panders to homophobes

This week is unwittingly shaping up to be "so you thought so-and-so was different" week.

First there was Tony Blair, then John McCain. Now it's George Galloway's turn to become a reglar old fashioned politician. Which is not to say that because a. politicians pander then: b. all politicians are equal. It's just in service of clarifying the process and making us less emotional and more strategic in our support. As I've said before, politicians are not fully human, they're partly the assembled interests of voters and funders.

Back to Galloway. You may recall the inspired can of whoopass Galloway opened on inept Republican Norm Coleman and his fatuous Oil-for-Food accusations.

Following that performance, an admittedly refreshing dose of forthrightness, Galloway became the darling of the American Left. Not so fast. His Respect Party recently expunged its platform of reference to gay rights. Doug Ireland explains:

"The district in which Galloway deliberately chose to run had a huge Muslim population, and it was thanks to the votes from that population that he was able to be elected. The party 'manifesto' is to be the basis for Respect's campaign in municipal elections this coming May, and the party leaders' strategy is to try to elect local city council members from areas that have high Muslim populations. Moreover, 'Respect is in alliance with the right-wing, anti-gay Islamist group, the Peter_tatchell Muslim Association of Britain [MAB]...'"

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