Bolton Addresses Log Cabin Convention

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Is there a place for gays in John McCain's Republican party?

John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and all-around tough guy conservative, thinks the answer is yes. He's among the featured speakers at this weekend's Log Cabin Republican convention in San Diego, CA.

To be reductive for a bit, gay Republicans and national security Republicans -- a species that re-emerged after 9/11 -- have a common enemy in Islamofacism; it should not surprise folks that a party hawk like Bolton could also favor expanded civil rights for gay people. But then again, it also wouldn't have surprised me if he had turned out to be a fundamentalist conservative on gay rights, either.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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