The story about the Pawlenty Newsweek interview came over the mojo wire late Monday night just as I was preparing to go to bed.
I was so outraged by the story that I quickly wrote about it here, then went to bed. In my outrage, I called Pawlenty a "Nazi" in both the title and text of my blog.
Next morning, I awoke and started having writer's regrets about calling Pawlenty a "Nazi."
To justify my name calling, I added the "update" to the post, which summarized the persecution of LGBT folks under the Nazi regime.
I still had writer's regrets and midday yesterday, I struck the word "Nazi" from the blog's title and replaced it with "transphobic." (I also struck that word from the first line of the post and replaced it with nothing.)
"Transphobic" was such a better choice than "Nazi." If I had not been so hasty publishing the original post, I like to think I would have used "transphobic" in the first place (after I calmed down about the story).
Sorry if I offended anybody with my first choice. Pawlenty is no more a "Nazi" than Obama is a "socialist," "communist," "fascist," or any other name the tea-baggers like to use when referring to our President.
On the other hand, what Pawlenty suggested is certainly on the road to a place I do not want to see our country go and he should be called out on it.