hardly a secret
Ted Barlow comments on the Bush Administration's nomination of an outspokenly anti-gay individual to its commission on AIDS:
Upon reflection, I don't think there's any way that Jerry Thacker's nomination could be the result of a poor vetting process. Thacker's anti-gay message isn't buried in an old interview- it's the only reason anyone has heard of him. In private life, Jerry Thacker may be a conflicted and multifaceted human being. But as Jerry Thacker, Public Persona, he has written one book, and is known for one thing- he's the HIV+ guy who thinks gays are wicked. His career as an activist exists for that reason alone- he's the Good Person who tours the country condemning Nasty Homosexuals for their "deathstyle".
It's like nominating Ward Connelly for a panel on affirmative action, and then pretending that you didn't know he was against affirmative action. It's his whole reason for being.
How could this not be an intentional message to the anti-gay right? If it wasn't, was Bush nominating people out of the phone book?
Remember when Bush said, "I'm a uniter, not a divider?" Does the evidence--the sum total of his actions over the past two years of his administration--support that contention? I think not, but of course that'd hardly be the first or biggest whopper he's told...