The Gay Agenda, here seen in the guise of a computer geek

The software mogul [and founder of Quark] Tim Gill has a mission: Stop the Rick Santorums of tomorrow before they get started. How a network of gay political donors is stealthily fighting sexual discrimination and reshaping American politics.
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Together, Gill and Trimpa decided to eschew national races in favor of state and local ones, which could be influenced in large batches and for much less money. Most antigay measures, they discovered, originate in state legislatures. Operating at that level gave them a chance to “punish the wicked,” as Gill puts it—to snuff out rising politicians who were building their careers on antigay policies, before they could achieve national influence. Their chief cautionary example of such a villain is Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who once compared homosexuality to “man on dog” sex (and was finally defeated last year, at a cost of more than $20 million). Santorum got his start working in the state legislature. As Gill and Trimpa looked at their evolving plan, it seemed realistic. “The strategic piece of the puzzle we’d been missing—consistent across almost every legislature we examined—is that it’s often just a handful of people, two or three, who introduce the most outrageous legislation and force the rest of their colleagues to vote on it,” Gill explained. “If you could reach these few people or neutralize them by flipping the chamber to leaders who would block bad legislation, you’d have a dramatic effect.”

Gill’s idea was to identify vulnerable candidates like Danny Carroll and move quickly to eliminate them without the burden of first having to win the consent of some risk-averse large organization or board of directors. Another element of this strategy is stealth. Revealing targets only after an election makes it impossible for them to fight back and sends a message to other politicians that attacking gays could put them in the crosshairs. Independence also allowed Gill to pursue an element of his philosophy that chafes many national gay organizations: the belief that enduring acceptance can be won only with Republican support. “If you want a majority, you have to change people’s minds,” he said, noting that in Colorado, Republicans outnumber Democrats. “Just because you’re conservative doesn’t mean you’re antigay.”

Very interesting article on the politics of donations that affect almost all races these days.
He’s against giving money to big-ticket and glamorous candidates, like Obama, when you can get so much more bang for your buck with smaller races.

Please to be stopping the revelation of our nefarious schemes.

I was laughing pretty hard when the reporter walked a politican this guy took out through the $1000 donations from all over the country his opponents got - he had no idea.

Good to know the founder of Quark cares about something. His passion for this cause must explain why there’s so little left for the little people, like his company’s customers.

(Quark has managed to maintain the most hostile support department in all of computerdom for a decade-and-a-half now.)

He sold his part of Quark in 2000, though.

Ah. Well, in Quark’s defense, my last encounter with their then-horrible tech support department was back in 2000 as well.

Still, an angel gets its wings every time a publisher switches to InDesign.

ENGLISH, motherfucker, DO YOU SPEAK IT!?

Neither do I.

I cut my teeth on Quark, and if it weren’t so expensive I’d buy Quark 7 to tinker around with. I got InDesign last year as part of CS2 and wasn’t impressed. Then again, that happens when you’re a Quark grognard.

Try rewriting that sentence in less than a paragraph. I gave up.

FWIW, I got your sentence. May I try the rewrite?

“I was laughing pretty hard when the reporter walked Carroll through a list of the $1000 donations his opponents got from all over the country. Carroll had no idea.”

Gah, it’s still too long. I shouldn’t have to write a coherent paragraph for a one-line joke. I think I’m putting coding stacks into my writing again.