Since the firestorm of shock&awe erupted yesterday over senatorial candidate Jim Neal's sexual orientation, the candidate has been a study in how to handle what conventional wisdom would call the kiss of death. He's being honest and forthright (what a novelty that is!) and even (gasp) brave.
Except for the 19 percent of voters in a national Zogby poll who say they couldn't ever vote for a homosexual, Mr. Neal's private life is well on its way to becoming a non-issue. (Incidentally, a greater percentage than that say they could never vote for a Mormon.)
UPDATE & ADDENDUM:
Posted 2:30 p.m., Tuesday
This column by KMR, "Deal With It," is good on the issue.