In case you didn’t catch it, Michael Moore is covering the Republican National Convention for USA Today. Entertaining stuff.
Hanging out around the convention, I’ve encountered a number of the Republican faithful who aren’t delegates. They warm up to me when they don’t find horns or a tail. Talking to them, I discover they’re like many people who call themselves Republicans but aren’t really Republicans. At least not in the radical-right way that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft and Co. have defined Republicans.
I asked one man who told me he was a “proud Republican,” “Do you think we need strong laws to protect our air and water?”
“Well, sure,” he said. “Who doesn’t?”
I asked whether women should have equal rights, including the same pay as men.
“Absolutely,” he replied.
“Would you discriminate against someone because he or she is gay?”
“Um, no.” The pause — I get that a lot when I ask this question — is usually because the average good-hearted person instantly thinks about a gay family member or friend.