Barring several different freak occurrences all happening at once, former NFLer/ESPN commentator/guy who got Mike Leach fired at Texas tech Craig James will not be elected to the U.S. Senate. He was polling at 4 percent shortly after officially launching his campaign, and it was said of him at the time, “He’s largely unknown and he’s unpopular among those who know him.” Ouch.
So why even talk about his campaign? Well, we couldn’t resist after seeing what James had to say yesterday during a debate. Inevitably, the topic turned to homosexuality, which is still something of a hot-button political issue for some reason, and especially in this case because Tom Leppert, one of James’ opponents, marched in a gay pride parade when he was mayor of Dallas. Leppert’s opponents proceeded to frantically try to condemn this… none more so than James:
James: I think right now in this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up with leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades. I can assure you I will never ride in a gay parade. And I hear what you’re saying, Tom, but leaders – our kids out there people need to see examples.
Moderator: Do you think people choose to be gay?
James: I think it’s a choice, I do.
Moderator: It’s not in the genes?
James: I think that you have to make that choice. But in that case right there, they are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions. We should not give benefits to those civil unions.
Man, we knew James was gonna run heavy on the social conservative stuff given his campaign’s bullshit-laden “core principles,” but we didn’t know he’d go that far. He hit every note. Being gay’s a choice? Check. “Moral fiber”? Check. “Gay parades” (not gay pride parades, just “gay parades”)? Check. Think of the children? Check. And the coup de grace: God’s not really a fan of those gay people? Check.
There are a lot of things one could say to that. They could point out that no network is going to touch James as an analyst again after he inevitably loses. They might wonder whether one would have to answer to God for helping screw up a guy’s career by using a PR firm and your influence at America’s largest sports broadcasting power. We’re more interested, though, in whether James will have to answer to someone in the earthly realm… namely, these folks. We’ll go out on a limb and say they probably won’t rush to James’ corner after those comments.