You may know that I pick on Rothenberg endlessly (for example, see here, here, here, and here.) But his Shadows on High Column (which sometimes makes fun of me) is always interesting, and he is very polite via email.
Rothenberg, the former Ohio Democrat Party spokesman, is already a political veteran at age 43. And at Progress Ohio, while you can never be sure where Rothenberg truly stands on specific bills because of the carnival of political interests which fund his 501c4 (a group which is modeled on the effort that assisted in the Democrat takeover of Colorado), I am absolutely certain that he is a staunch left-wing true-believer.
I disagree with Brian, the individual, on just about every conceivable policy he supports. However, all jokes aside, Brian is wrong, not because he is attracted to men, but because he is a liberal!
Perhaps this “outing” is partially Brian’s fault. After all, he is heavily involved in a progressive movement which thrives on group & identity politics. And once Brian showed the slightest bit of interest in a candidate that has already been deemed unacceptable by the kook liberal fringe (Rep. Jennifer Garrison of Marietta), the same machine that Brian fostered decided to put Brian in its cross-hairs.
Hallett is absolutely correct that Brian does not deserve to be attacked in this fashion. Rothenberg clearly has no interest in sharing his sexual orientation with the world, and he deserves to be left alone.