Openly gay SecNavy?

Obama could confound Rick Warren critics by appointing gay man as Navy Secretary.


Thomas Schaller
December 18, 2008 8:02PM (UTC)

The Washington Times is reporting that Barack Obama is considering the appointment of an openly gay man, William White, currenty the COO of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, as Secretary of the Navy.

Paired with the announcement that anti-gay rights evangelical pastor Rick Warren will give an invocation at Obama's inauguration, it's hard to know what to make of all this. Critics will call it schizophrenic, and political strategists will call it shrewdly inclusive.

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Of course, White has not been named yet. It will be interesting to follow the fury that undoubtedly will arise in military circles if he is.


Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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