However, he can't be deemed a serious candidate until one of those militant gay activist kooks showers him with glitter.
Many VIPs have gotten a pie in the face from protesters: Bill Gates, for one, and years earlier, Anita Bryant. President George W. Bush dodged a shoe hurled at him. This year, for some liberal activists, the guerrilla tactic of choice is a shower of glitter tossed from close range.
So far, three Republican presidential candidates — Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann — have been targeted by the so-called glitterati, primarily because of their opposition to various gay-rights causes (Again. Marriage - NOT a "right" - ed.).
Among the public, there’s been lively online debate about whether the tactic is refreshing and effective, childish and rude, or even worse. Some critics wanted the perpetrators manhandled, Tasered and jailed.
To me, the bigger issue is escalation. If some real angry whack-job sees how accessible the GOP candidates have become, what's to deter said wacko from tossing something more dangerous like, say, acid? And then you get into the issue of these militant gay activists being held responsible for such an incident.
Seems a little far-fetched you say?
Well, let us not forget that five months ago the Tucson, AZ shooting which resulted in six deaths and several others critically wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Before the suspect was even apprehended, speculation amongst the political left in this country was that the gunman was a crazed right-winger who was influenced by the "hateful rhetoric" of the Tea Party movement. As such, the lefties made instant pleas (albeit disingenuous) to take on a "more civil tone" when discussing political activities (Translation: We have no intellectual defense for the Tea Party's concerns so we'll attempt to shame them into shutting up).
I have no doubt that the culprits of the "glitterati" are passionate believers in their cause and thus have come up with a unique way to bring attention to it. But if indeed a GOP Presidential candidate suffers an injury as a result of such ambushing techniques, will the gay activists' lefty colleagues hold them to the same standard they expected of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party (i.e. ceasing their freedom of expression)? I am, to put it mildly, VERY skeptical of that prospect.