James Richardson exemplifies right-wing privilege in his tone-deaf, late-to-the-party coming-out piece for the Washington Post, which went live at 6AM today.
Richardson's opening salvo:
“I'm a senior GOP spokesman, and I'm gay. Let me get married.”
Well, fuck you, James Richardson.
Gay marriage, as with other hot-button issues, is something conservatives are against for the masses but which they expect they either won't need (who needs tax protections if you're rich?) or will be able to override (anyone ever hear of a well-off, well-connected gay person denied access to his or her injured partner in the hospital?). Too many issues are used by right-wingers as stepping-stones up onto their high horses, even as in private their behavior is no different from that of the people they seek to disenfranchise or shame: Issues of abortion and sex and health care come to mind.
So for Richardson to begin his editorial in this way, it just reinforces the image of the GOP as being Machiavellian, disingenuous and, when things get real, entitled.