GAY OLD PARTY  4:58 pm August 10, 2011

Fox News Refuses to Let Gay Candidate Join Iowa Presidential Debate

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

There is some other GOP presidential candidate we never actually even heard of named Fred Karger, but he is according to some poll tied with Tim Pawlenty, which feels about right. Karger is also one of the vanishingly rare openly gay Republicans people hear about on quiet days when the wind is still, which means Fox News will not be allowing him to participate in their upcoming Iowa presidential debate. WHY EVER NOT?? Here, let us make a simile: showing a gay on Fox News who might “do something gay” like pull some kind of gay guerrilla move like blowing a kiss to Rick Santorum or mention gays don’t deserve the death penalty or WORSE YET MENTION THAT GAY MARRIAGE IS IRRELEVANT TO THE ECONOMY, on screen, live, is equal to the kind of terror Fox News debate producers feel when they imagine an out-of-left-field Michele Bachmann – Herman Cain french kiss.

Karger sent a letter to Fox News explaining that he met all the requirements to enter the debate, which are basically to earn at least 1% in five national polls. He’s also tied with Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman.

Fox News responded: hahahahaha polls are fake anyway. NO.

From the Des Moines Register:

[Fox News VP Michael] Clemente said each of the polls cited by Karger are either online, interactive or out of date and do not qualify for the purpose of meeting the debate criteria.

The latest national poll Karger highlighted was conducted by Harris Interactive, earlier this week showing Karger has 2 percent of the support, tied with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Karger has been shunned by some mainstream Republicans, particularly religious conservatives who disagree that same-sex couples should have the same marriage rights as opposite sex couples.

Karger has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission earlier this year, for example, after Republican National Committee member Steve Scheffler of West Des Moines wrote in an e-mail to Karger that “I will work overtime to help ensure that your political aspirations are aborted right here in Iowa.”

WOAH. So apparently Republicans do turn out to be secretly pro-abortion when there’s a gay running around on the loose. [Des Moines Register/ Fred Karger For President]

 
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ManchuCandidate August 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

The only Gheyz Faux wants are those who remain jammed in the closet.

nounverb911 August 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

That's a mighty big closet.

Rarian Rakista August 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Narnia is a big place.

Negropolis August 11, 2011 at 2:54 am

The Lion, the Witch, and the Fabulous Wardrobe.

widget2011 August 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm

A very tightly packed closet, practically bulging the walls and bending the hinges, while warping in the middle, ready to implode on itself. Because, if they attempt to escape the closet, they will vanish into Rupert Murdock's "Black hole of Oblivion".

nounverb911 August 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

What about candidates currently in gay marriages?

elviouslyqueer August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Oh, you can expect a downright bitchy email from Rick Santorum's poolboy, NV.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Leave Michele Bachmann out of this!

SorosBot August 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Wait, if Fox is against allowing gay candidates to debate, won't they have to ban Perry and Santorum too?

Rarian Rakista August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I am pretty sure there is so much gay in Marcus that every time he farts someone in the room turns.

johnnyzhivago August 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Get it straight – NO GAYS ON FOX… Nothing at all has been said about closeted Nazi impersonators.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Can you have the ghayez without Santorum?

PristinePantalones August 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Well, yes, actually. Not all gay men are into teh buttsechs, you know.

littlebigdaddy August 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Will Lindsey be allowed to watch (the debate, I mean)?

hagajim August 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Faux is afraid that if Karger shows up O'Reilly will break out the louffa (or however you spell that shit)….or that Hannity will want to bugger him on the spot, or that Larry Craig will be seen tapping in the toilet.

nounverb911 August 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

It's spelled F-A-L-A-F-E-L.

charlesdegoal August 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm

L-O-A-F-E-R?

elviouslyqueer August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

B-U-T-T-P-L-U-G.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

H-A-N-N-I-T-Y.

Tundra Grifter August 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

The headline "Fox News Refuses to Let Gay Candidate Join Iowa Presidential Debate" is missing, between "Let" and "Gay" the word "Openly." Or, I guess, "Out" if you prefer.

It does need a qualifier. Remember – we're talking about the GNoP here.

widget2011 August 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I think Michelle Bachmann plays out in right field, not left field.

nounverb911 August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

She should play left out.

Steverino247 August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

She should be in the back of the team bus giving head.

nounverb911 August 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm

That's Marcus's job.

Tundra Grifter August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I laughed every time our daughter's soccer coach assigned a player to that position.

Callyson August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Maybe if she learned to play with herself, she'd be a lot less trouble. Just sayin'.

KenLayIsAlive August 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Santorum objects because he won't be able to concentrate on the issues while his brain contemplates, in the greatest possible obsessive detail, Karger's gay sexytime with his alter-ego Sick Rantorum.

emmelemm August 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Sick Rantorum FTW.

Gleem_McShineys August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

It's not Rick's fault! He suffers from Dickslexia, a kind of confusion about which side of a penis he's supposed to be on.
It's either pushing, or pulling. One of the two, definitely.

Callyson August 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Dan Savage is on the phone and would like to speak to you about naming a new website…

KenLayIsAlive August 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Good idea. Got it.
http://sickrantorum.com/

now, what to do with it.

iburl August 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Santorum Preserves for Sale 24/7/365

GhostBuggy August 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm

There isn't enough stage makeup in the world to overcome the sweat that would drip off those bastards, having to be that close to him, so tantalizingly close…

Suq Madiq August 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I know how this goes: a gay Republican is a gay Republican and a straight Republican is a a straight Republican. They're not the same! Thanks, perfessor Santorum. Legalize straight marriage, quit shoving your throbbing gayz down our throats!

Swampgas_Man August 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

BEER AND WATER ARE NOT THE SAME! Except for that Coors horsepiss.

fuflans August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

why would this man be a republican?

nounverb911 August 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Lindsey Graham?

SexySmurf August 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Are you saying being a Republican is a choice?

HobbesEvilTwin August 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm

oh come on, even gays have the right to hate the poors.

Steverino247 August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Fuck the poor! (Or at least the cute ones?)

Pat_Pending August 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

That's how 'trade' works!

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm

And it does appear that your chances of finding a gay date are higher within Republican circles.

DashboardBuddha August 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

4 teh moneez

rahelio August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Because tax cuts are sexier than any rent boy.

GhostBuggy August 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm

But by being a Republican, you can demand both! Why choose?

charlesdegoal August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I doubt that this Scheffler fellow believes you can get pregnant in a ghey way. Rather, he uses the term "aborted" because he thinks of it as an insult.

iburl August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

What about female presidential candidates married to gay First Lady candidates?

FlyOverGirl August 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I, for one, cannot wait for his Inaugural Ball gown!

Tundra Grifter August 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Kirsten: You wrote "…apparently Republicans do turn out to be secretly pro-abortion when there’s a gay running around on the loose."

For years I've been taking the other side. Since the reactionaries hate abortion so much, why don't they support gay marriage? Those couples – male or female – just about NEVER get abortions.

JackObin August 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Rupert will just hack his phone and then throw a pie in his she-male wife's commie face.

genxr August 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

He's going to do some kind of tele-hypnosis to recruit the entire Fox News audience into being gay. Imagine, in the middle of the debate, he puts on those funny glasses and whammo! It's fat middle-age buttsechs all across middle america.

DerrickWildcat August 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

What kind of a gay name is Fred?
That's fucked up.

seppdecker August 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Ewww, he likes to hold hands with dudes? The GOP only accepts candidates who have gravitas and a fetus in a jar.

DoktorThompson August 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Wait. This guy pisses off Fox, religious conservatives, etc? Where do I donate?

phlox✔ August 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Not only is he openly gay, he's a pretty reasonable person that doesn't toe the crazy line the TeaTards have spun in the sand with their Rascal wheels.

That's why we won't be seeing him in any debates.

Radiotherapy® August 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Wait, his "OTP Obama," "Obama is a Failure," "Lack of Leadership," "Nobama" buttons aren't always ON?

SayItWithWookies August 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Too bad Fred Karger's biology isn't ideologically pure enough for FOX. Hey, isn't Buddy Roemer running for the GOP nom too, on basically a liberal platform? Oh, yes he is:

Buddy argues for campaign finance reform in political campaigns and believes that politicians should be advocates of the people not for special interests who invested in campaigns. This election cycle he will only take a maximum of $100 donations for his campaign from American citizens and he promises that he won't take any money from special interests, PACs, or companies.

Wonder what sexual orientation FOX is gonna make him out to be?

elviouslyqueer August 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Oh please. This is Roemer (D) waiting to happen.

Radiotherapy® August 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Unrealistic Dreamers are gay.

Gleem_McShineys August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Might as well go all the way with his name while they are at it.

"Butty Reamer (D)"

Swampgas_Man August 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Wonder what sexual orientation FOX is gonna make him out to be?

Phucked, I'm guessing.

smashaduck August 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Well then, let his aborted unicorn blood be upon them.

donner_froh August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

"tied with Tim Pawlenty, which feels about right."

Nothing right about being tied up with TPaw.

Gorillionaire August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

After Dr. Bachmann's patented pray-the-ghey-away treatment takes effect, this guy will just be another rich asshole like the rest of them.

Negropolis August 11, 2011 at 3:01 am

For the love of everything good and holy change your avatar.

HarryButtle August 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm

If Karger has the buttsecks right before the debate, there could technically be 2 Santorums onstage at the same time…one standing at the podium next to Krager and one running down the back of Krager's leg. I think the latter would be the more coherent of the two.

HelmutNewton August 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm

You know who ELSE is gay and running for the GOP nomination?

SexySmurf August 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

All of them, Katie.

PristinePantalones August 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Since I can't reply to the OP, I must make my stand here: Hitler, who else?

nounverb911 August 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm

The various Koch boyz?

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Limbaugh finally decided to put his fat ass behind where his mouth is?

Barb August 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Ah CRAP, Palin has announced that she's going to Iowa for the State Fair. I guess jury duty is over.

GOPCrusher August 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

She's going to be giving the keynote speech at a Tea Bagger rally over Labor Day weekend also. Rumors are, that she will be using the opportunity to announce her candidacy for President Of The United States.

metamarcisf August 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Captain Kangaroo?

nounverb911 August 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm

What about Mr. Greenjeans?

metamarcisf August 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Or the "Son of Mr. Green Genes"?

nounverb911 August 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Tom Terrific and his wonder dog, the mighty Manfred?

PristinePantalones August 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I think I like this track better.

Callyson August 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Chuck Norris?

DerrickWildcat August 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I immediately questioned his gayness until I found out he was in two episodes of, "McMillan & Wife" and an episode of, "Welcome Back, Kotter."

Yup, he's gay alright. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3564729/

SexySmurf August 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

He was also in Rich Man, Poor Man. And like a typical Republican he fucked the poor man.

nounverb911 August 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Wait! Isn't Kotter running for president too?

Crank_Tango August 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

jeeze, they are letting teh blax in. 50 more years gays, 50 more years. you just haven't earned it yet, baby…

mavenmaven August 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

The Koch bros do not like arugula.

Chet Kincaid August 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Freddy Krueger is running, and they won't let him debate? Oh, I think he will appear, somehow.

Tundra Grifter August 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

This is probably not going to end well.

mourningnmerica August 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Update. Karger has agreed to go back into the closet, so they have now reversed position, and invited him.

johnnyzhivago August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

What the hell kind of Republican runs around saying half reasonable stuff?

Radiotherapy® August 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Primaried ones?

widestanceroman August 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm

They're all afraid of his gay master debating technique.

Rotundo_ August 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

It is kinda funny that Faux Noose/Republicans are so intimidated by the mere presence of a gay candidate in their party that they lock him out of the conversation. Are they afraid that he might sound like the most rational and moral person, perhaps the most intelligent, on the stage?

bureaucrap August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

yeah, pretty much.

elviouslyqueer August 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Well, duh. In the Faux Noose universe, the only gays worth telecasting are either AIDS victims, Congressional male page-rapers with (D) after their name, or ugly drag queens.

Negropolis August 11, 2011 at 3:03 am

Coulter Libel!

orygoon August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I would WATCH a republican debate if most of the participants wore protective face masks and plastic shower foot covers and rubber gloves and stuff.

zappadoo76 August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Fred Karger is a card-carrying Log Cabin Republican. Why did they choose this name for their group? Is it code for "put your log in my cabin"?

Oh, I'm gonna get in trouble now.

Radiotherapy® August 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Just don't be re-tarded.

Tundra Grifter August 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

What is it "re" tarded? I've never heard anyone called "tarded."

kissawookiee August 11, 2011 at 10:57 am

Ask Joshua Speed.

Buzz Feedback August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Fred won't be there but his dog and horse will.

smitallica August 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm

"Karger" sounds like a great candidate for a Google bombing. Like, we need to make it mean being in a club that doesn't want you, or self-loathing or something. I don't know. Get Dan Savage and his angry ghey brigade on it.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Wow, What's next. Are they going to make Hermann Cain debate from the back of the room?

littlebigdaddy August 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

No, he gets to deliver the pizza.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

You know, this whole thing would be hilarious if it was 1972 and an episode of All in the Family.

LesBontemps August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

an out-of-left-field Michele Bachmann – Herman Cain french kiss.

I would actually tune in to see that. Just to see if contact between their respective crazy results in a supernova and/or a black hole.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm

"Black Hole?" That's not racial transcendence.

GOPCrusher August 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

To be fair to Faux Noise (*snicker*) the debate is being sponsored by The Family Leader. There is no way in hell a gay candidate would be allowed within 5 miles of this debate.

Chet Kincaid August 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm

"… is equal to the kind of terror Fox News debate producers feel when they imagine an out-of-left-field Michele Bachmann – Herman Cain french kiss."

This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDp1sAx09pg

PristinePantalones August 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I will never forget the day that episode aired.

Chet Kincaid August 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

Come to find out she was doing Spock as an undergrad!

Radiotherapy® August 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

See, all you naysayers, one of Perry's prayers was answered.

Guppy06 August 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Gay Republicans: proof that the poors aren't the only ones that vote against their own self-interest.

x111e7thst August 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I am unable to form an opinion on this matter until I hear from Lindsey Graham and Joe" Lieberman .

Chet Kincaid August 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm

OT, anybody else got Bill O'Reilly's ugly, cracked face leering over the top of their Wonkette banner?

SexySmurf August 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I have a picture of an ugly baby; does that count?

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Tomato, Tomato.

Fox n Fiends August 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm

There goes the Big Tent theory.

metamarcisf August 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

And here comes the "Pitching a Tent" theory.

mormos August 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I never understood why gays would be part of the republican party. Then I realized that if you're looking to get screwed in the rear there is no better place than the GOP

metamarcisf August 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

OT – This week's episode of "Weeds" has a scene where Silas loads a bunch of weed into a pickup truck with a Palin – Bachmann bumper sticker. Does Showtime know something?

Radiotherapy® August 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Don't get me started! , again!

metamarcisf August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Didn't know that stuff. Makes we want to take back every little nasty thing I've said about that wretched media whore and her entire family of hopheads.

Radiotherapy® August 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I know, "Weeds" has it totally wrong. It should be a Palin/Bolton '12 sticker.

Negropolis August 11, 2011 at 3:09 am

Does Showtime know something?

Yes. Humor.

tymberwolf817 August 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

And here I thought Muslims were the new gays! I guess the LGBT community is still the little black dress/black t-shirt of red meat politics.

proudgrampa August 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Well, Fred shouldn't worry: if the debate is only carried on FOX, no one's gonna watch it anyway.

Come here a minute August 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm

He didn't really expect to get in the debate, did he? Next thing you know a Mexican will try it.

BTWBFDIMHO August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Straight Republican goes up, Gay Republican goes down. Nobody can explain it.

Mumbletypeg August 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm

This is sad news for the ABBA-lovin' contingent.

(Cue "Super Trouper" — for the Super Committee's hijinks have only just begun.)

BarackMyWorld August 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Anyone remember how the Texas delegation acted during the 2000 Republican Convention? Just seeing a gay person is an afront to some conservatives.

Negropolis August 11, 2011 at 3:10 am

I honestly don't remember. Awares me, pleaze.

Suck My Balls August 10, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Hey, they've already got a black. Cut them some slack.

Nostrildamus August 10, 2011 at 7:28 pm

With a woman and black and a gay on the podium, I guess most of the debate would have to be about Hispanics.

DemonicRage August 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Fox subscribes to that George W. era dictum which famously made its way into a NY Times Magazine article….we're not entirely reality-based. If Fox wants to, they can slot a few of their "Glee" cast members into the Republican wanna be forums, to boost ratings on that show.

ttommyunger August 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

What is up with some people? Openly gay Republican? I would have sooner believed that a Pope would have been a member of the Hitler Youth. No, wait!

MinAgain August 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Other than the fact that he already had the haircut, why is this man a Republican?

Warpde August 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

A gay Republican.
Now that's an axiom

BZ1 August 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

this is getting confusing, just tell us which repub isn't running for prez…

DahBoner August 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Didnt he get the Closeted Gays Only memo….

Negropolis August 11, 2011 at 3:12 am

Something bothers me about Karger, and it's not his orientation. His eyes creep me out, but he's a Republican, so I should have expected such a thing.

elburritodeluxe August 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Now that Perry is in the race, I think we should say that Fred Karger is the only openly gay Republican running for President.

Swampgas_Man August 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Mr Moose/Bun Rabbit 2012!

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