The PJ Tatler

Jeb for President Campaign Off to Gay Old Start

Hey, krack kadres of GOP kampaign konsultants — you’re supposed to have this stuff nailed down before your Official Scion of the Bush Dynasty gets on the trail:

A gay couple have bought the web domain for JebBushForPresident.com and refuse to give it up, in a bid to raise awareness of issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the son of former President George Bush senior, last month said he was considering running for president.

In 2008, CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater from Portland, Oregon, who described themselves as high-tech, nerdy bears, bought the domain which Bush will likely need to run his campaign. Phillips told Business Insider the couple plan to blog about national and international legislation which affects the LGBT community.

Needless to say, Jeb’s views on the matter have become more “nuanced” over the past few decades, a windmill turning with the prevailing winds:

As Bush is a favourite to become Republican presidential candidate, its likely the pair will receive a fair few hits on their website. But he’s also an apt choice for the couple’s project, because of his previous views of LGBT people.

In 1994, Bush was staunchly opposed to gay rights, and argued that gay men and lesbians did not deserve special legal protection, and that “sodomy” should not be “elevated to the same constitutional status as race and religion.” This week, he said people should accept court rulings that legalise same-sex marriage and “show respect” for gay and lesbians in committed relationships, while reiterating his long-held belief that “marriage is a sacrament”, according to the Washington Post.

This family has been in our national politics at least since 1980, and unfortunately shows no signs of going away soon.