Jonathan Capehart is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer at The Washington Post and one of three panelists at tonight's HRC/Logo Presidential Forum. Definitely an A-list gay but his selection on the HRC/Logo forum caught many observers by surprise: Capehart is a former aide to New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the hawkish editorial pages of WaPo are reliable supporters of the Bush Administration. "It's a little odd that a Republican would ask the questions at a Democratic debate," notes Keith Boykin. "But compared to the other panelists, he makes the most sense."
Blunting some early criticism, Capehart says there will be no softball questions tonight. "For 15 or 16 minutes," he said on CNN's The Situation Room, each candidate "will face questions on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. They will not be ready for many of [these]."
Capehart defends the question selection process to gay political activist Lane Hudson: "We culled thousands of questions that came in via the Internet. I've gotten more than a few questions directly from friends and from folks who heard I was going to be a part of this and just wanted an outlet to make sure their question got a hearing."
More later tonight ...
Democrats to Debate Gay Issues [Video @ CNN]
Q &A with Jonathan Capehart [News for the Left]
Too Many Debates [Keith Boykin]
WaPo Editorial's Bush Talking Points [Amerblog]
WaPo Editorial's Right-Wing Talking Points On Libby [TP]