In our discussion of gay wizard Nate Silver’s historical presidential rating post, there was an exchange:
Nate Silver is gay?
And if so, why should I care?
I’m also uninterested in Nate Silver’s sexual orientation and only found out that he was gay when he was Out magazine’s Person of the Year, but when I found out, well, it explained a lot. Not about him but about how why there was so much otherwise-mystifying hostility aimed at him (from people like Charles Lane, Bobo, Scarborough, Michael Gerson, etc.). I had the same feeling when I learned that Susan Rice was black and earlier, when I learned that Desiree Rogers was black.
Maybe this is just stereotypical p.c. left-wing paranoia and I’m a self-hating straight white man, but more and more I find that when someone is inexplicably hated by some establishment in-group, I later learn that there’s some racial/orientation/whatever reason (that isn’t evident from reading their name in print) for it. It’s been eye-opening.