A small correction to this post. Reagan was not governor when he took a stand against banning openly gay teachers from public high schools in California - a position now held by 73 percent of self-identified Republicans in a recent Research 2000 poll. He was a former governor, preparing to run for president for a third time. How many Republican candidates today, preparing to run for president, would take a stand defending the dignity of homosexual teachers?

Just look at the pathetic creature that is John McCain: a profile in cowardice and cynicism.

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