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10/11/2010

Video: On speedos, grinding, and buck-passing

by Jeremy Hooper

Carl Paladino's refusal to take responsibility for what came out of his mouth is almost as disgusting as his anti-gay rhetoric itself:

People are "skewering" your comments, Mr. Paladino? Well yes. Unapologetically so. Sticking a skewer right into the heart of the ugly claims.

But, based on surrounding context, we assume he actually meant to say at the 2:59 mark that the press is "skewing" his comments. Because that's what this election is all about for TEA Party conservatives. A TEA Party candidate for U.S. Senate has an eye-opening "ex-gay" record, but she thinks she can dance around stuff like that by just saying "I'm nothing you've heard" and calling it a day. And now a TEA conservative for New York governor appears at a videotaped event alongside one of New York's most incendiary anti-gay voices, and yet those who watch the comments and report them back as they were delivered, or who have a reaction to Paladino's hostile claim that kids are being "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option", are somehow "skewering" that picture. Because apparently that's one way TEA candidates like Christine O'Donnell or Paladino are planning to "take our country back": By passing the blame whenever they are accurately assessed by the public.

It's a total dish-it-but-can't-take-it situation. Mr. Paladino dished like a giddy schoolgirl at the rabbinical meeting in Brooklyn, but now he's blaming (a) the person who prepared his remarks, as if he's not liable for the words he agrees to say to the groups he chooses to side with; (b) the press, as if the video of his comments is somehow lying; and (c) his opponent, as if Andrew Cuomo's camp had to do anything beyond asking, "Hey, can you believe this dude said this crap?!"

Say what you want about the grinding guys in the Speedos. At least they're not hiding behind -- well, much of anything, really.

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**MORE: Paladino was also on "GMA" this A.M., where he denied the rhetorical canard that is "homophobia," while continuing to express hostility towards gay lives and loves (and parades):

Spin, spin, spin.

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**EARLIER: Paladino's comments on living, irrefutable digital video: Video: Paladino meets with rabbi who's called gays 'moral terrorists', manages to outdo even him [G-A-Y]

More from the man who brought Paladino to the event, professed "friend" Yehuda Levin: Video: Paladino's friend: 'Homosexuality is a misnomer...an attack on religion' [G-A-Y]

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