Thursday, May 18, 2006

2006 which means

It's that time of year again...

Amid increasing partisan tension over President Bush's judicial nominees and domestic wiretapping, the panel voted along party lines to send the constitutional amendment — which would prohibit states from recognizing same-sex marriages — to the full Senate, where it stands little chance of passing.

It is 2006 which means the gay-bashing homophobic Federal Marriage Amendment is hereby on the table again. With poll numbers in the dumps and many of the hardcore base turning against him, Bush is hoping that this will inspire conservatives to come out in droves to the polls because other than fear, Republicans have the tired, overused homophobia.

Specter says he opposes the legislation. Well he could have voted against it in committee and sent the bill into gridlock, virtually killing it, but that's not his intention. He wants to look like a moderate to fool his Pennsylvania base but he is just enabling the Chimpeviks to go on to use their wild card in desperation. That's how it is with so-called Republican moderates. They always speak their opposition to things but the way they vote is in lockstep with the White House unless they know their no votes won't affect the outcome.

The GOP is fearful that the Religious Right isn't falling for their shell game of Napoleonic rhetoric with Lilliputean results, and they're right. Hopefully the dominionists and the fundamentalists see through this because they should know by now that this federal marriage amendment is doomed to fail from the start. Hopefully they stay home or even better, vote for someone like Roy Moore if he decides to run for president in 2008. Perhaps they will finally notice that this is just lip service after seeing their agenda of banning gay marriage, instituting prayer in schools, and establishing harsher obscenity standards fall to the wayside in favor of tax cuts, Social Security privatization, tort reform, etc.

It'll be interesting to see what kind of reaction James Dobson or Jerry Falwell has to this. Will they come out in support of this or will they turn their backs on the GOP saying that playing games is not enough?

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