Around 10 p.m. Eastern time on Monday night, conservative pundit Tammy Bruce Tweeted about the recent repeal of the military's discriminatory Don't Ask Don't Tell policy:
The idea being, one imagines, that those who are most vocally anti-gay are the people who are most likely to be gay themselves, or at least to have, like, gay stuff "under their bed." Not the most original observation in the world, no—but look who apparently agrees with it!
That's a screenshot of Sarah Palin's Twitter, showing her re-Tweet of Bruce's original Tweet. How, well, odd! For one thing, a major political figure should probably not be using the word "homos," or quoting its use, even in a vaguely pro-gay rights context. Not even Sarah Palin, who owns Alaska! (Bruce is an out lesbian, so, according to the Official Rules, she is "allowed" to say "homos.")
But also: Why?
- She is coming out in support of DADT repeal and gay rights. Bruce thinks that Palin is expressing her point of view on "DADT, treatment of gays & attempts to marginalize us." Which isn't out of the question—Palin is not, in the context of her party, rabidly homophobic, and her stance on Don't Ask Don't Tell was limited to a sort of feeble "not right now" back in February. So, yes, maybe reality ungulate-shooter Sarah Palin is expressing her solidarity with gay soldier-types via microblogging. What a blow for the forces of freedom and openness!
- She didn't understand the Tweet. It's not the most professional way to come out, so to speak, in support of DADT repeal, is it? (Though, Jesus, why am I looking for professionalism from this woman of all people? I mean—she would come out for gay rights in a way that would piss off a lot of gay people, wouldn't she?) It's possible she—whoever is in charge of the Official Palin Twitter—just, well, didn't get the joke, or didn't understand the Tweet at all.
- She clicked the wrong button. Maybe! Though the re-Tweet's been up an awful long time.
- She thinks we should be looking for gay people hiding under beds.
In the end, of course, the joke is on me, for trying to figure out what goes on in the mind of the Sphinx of Wasilla. Enuf already!