Which Republican Presidential Candidate Will Land The Caitlyn Jenner Endorsement?
Some quick thoughts on the Caitlyn Jenner “Vanity Fair” news:
- Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn Jenner. Interestingly, eschewing Kaitlyn Jenner, which would have gone along with the “K” theme like the rest of his family.
- Buzz Bissinger, who conducted the Jenner interview, wrote a very personal “GQ” column in 2013 where he publicly discussed his sexuality. Bissinger used his shopping addiction as a jumping off:
I began to wonder about sex and sexuality and where exactly I fit in in the complex spectrum. I did go into the sexual unknown, and the clothing I began to wear routinely gave me the confidence to do it, to transcend the rigid definitions of sexuality and gender, just as I also know there were the requisite stereotypical snickers.
Was I homosexual because so much of what I wore is associated with gays? I did experiment. And while I don’t think it is my sexual being, I can tell you that gay men as a group are nicer, smarter, have a shitload more fun than straight whites. Was I veering toward becoming a dominant leather master in the S&M scene, the leather fetish an obvious influence in most of the clothing I purchased and in much of high fashion itself? I did experiment. Was I a closeted or maybe not so closeted transvestite? Tom Ford makeup is divine; the right foundation and cheek blush and eyeliner and lipstick can do wonders for the pallid complexion. Thigh-high boots add to any wardrobe, although walking on six-inch stilettos for hours is just a bitch and therefore confined to the privacy of my house, seen only by the UPS man, who at this point could not possibly be surprised by anything. But a dress or skirt just doesn’t look good on me, and I can’t ever do a thing with my hair. The look I was going for was more David Bowie androgynous. It wasn’t successful.
- Also, here’s something about Bissinger, he endorsed Mitt Romney for president in 2012. So with that in mind, it’s also important to remember what Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer last month about his own political leanings. After saying he was “more on the conservative side” politically, Sawyer asked if he was a Republican, to which he replied: “Yeah, is that bad thing? I believe in the constitution.”
- Instantly, Caitlyn Jenner just became the most interesting Republican in America, on a day when Lindsey Graham became the ninth GOPer to enter the presidential race. Who will land the Jenner endorsement? Well first… who will seek her endorsement? How accepting will America, and the Republican party specifically, be over the next year?
Because it would be quite a moment, and send quite a message, if approximately one year from today, Caitlyn Jenner takes the stage in Cleveland at the 2016 Republican National Convention.