Jay Cost is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.
The conventional wisdom is that the emerging Republican field for 2012 is a very weak one. However, like so much else in the topsy-turvy age of Obama, the conventional wisdom on this one is completely upside down. The idea of a weak GOP field is almost as ridiculous as a debate about a 50-year-old birth certificate just as the economic recovery comes grinding to a halt. Almost.
Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard University-educated writer currently based in Los Angeles.
Before I decided to come out about my sexuality, I reached out for advice to someone who I knew was gay. I wanted to hear from another black man who I assumed to be out, comfortable and happily leading an open life.