Nona Willis Aronowitz

Nona Willis Aronowitz is a journalist and Pipeline fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.

Recent Articles

Don't Ask, Don't Play Identity Politics

Republicans have gotten the memo about diversity, but that doesn't mean they want to talk about it.

Fred Karger was the first Republican to declare his candidacy in the 2012 presidential election; outside of the self-described "king of the birthers" and the creatively whiskered Rent Is Too Damn High Party founder, he's still the only official Republican candidate in the race. Karger is fiscally conservative, pro-small government -- and openly gay. And he has no chance in hell of winning the primary. Granted, sexual orientation aside, Karger would be facing pretty slim odds. He's never held public office, and he doesn't have nearly the name recognition of a Newt Gingrich or a Donald Trump or a Sarah Palin. A gay identity in a party that has taken strong stances against gay marriage, gay adoption, and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" would appear to be the nail in the coffin. Yet rather than brush his sexuality under the rug and focus on his conservative bona fides, Karger, a gay-rights activist, is building his campaign around his sexual identity. In doing so, he's setting...