wow, that was fast
I was all getting set to unleash my contempt for the Bush Administration's nominee of a man who called AIDS the "gay plague" to serve on the Presidential Advisory Commission on HIV and AIDS. Just this morning, The Washington Post reported this about nominee Jerry Thacker, who is HIV-positive:
In his speeches and writings on his Web site and elsewhere, Thacker has described homosexuality as a "deathstyle" rather than a lifestyle and asserted that "Christ can rescue the homosexual." After word of his selection spread among gays in recent days, some material disappeared from the Web site. Earlier versions located by The Washington Post that referred to the "gay plague," for instance, were changed as of yesterday to "plague."
But it seems Thacker has suddenly withdrawn his name from consideration. As Atrios said, we win again.
White House spokesperson Ari Fleischer said that Thacker's views are "far, far removed from what the president believes," adding that "the president has a total opposite view. ... The president's view is that people with AIDS need to be treated with care, compassion."
But given that Bush has shown a proclivity for surrounding himself with people whose views are close to his own and takes actions in stark contrast with statements of tolerance, the fact that Thacker was nominated should hardly be regarded as a fluke. I doubt this story has legs, but