Friday, May 19, 2006

Wedding vows

If Arlen Spector is the only thing standing between us and a theocracy, we're in trouble. Having failed to save us from a dictatorship by caving in on the NSA investigation, Mr. Spector decided give the crucial to democracy and vital to national security issue of same sex marriage high priority. Holding the committee meeting in an office inaccessible to the public, he forced a vote over the objections of Russ Feingold and the measure passed on party lines. Big surprise.

To add insult to injury, Spector said he is "'totally opposed' to it but believes it deserves a Senate debate." In other words his GOP bosses told him they need a distraction from the corruption scandals, the war and the spending sprees so drag out the favorite wedge issue to charge up the base.

I think they'll find it will backfire on them this time. It'll charge up the fringe loonies for sure but while they're loud, they're still a minority. The moderates and the libertarians who came on board in 04, didn't care about it, in fact they didn't really like it but were willing to trade it off for the other promises of fiscal sanity and national security. All but the diehard are pissed that that didn't get what they voted for. Wasting time with this amendment will only piss them off more.
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2 Comments:

Blogger nightquill said...

It's such a seesaw reading about relatively independent Senate Republicans like Spector and McCain. Half the time, you marvel at their real, actual, self-formed opinions in comparison with the lockstep House androids. The other half of the time you realize, hey, wait a minute....this is still basically a conservative, and I still disagree with him 70% of the time.....

3:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Welcome nightquill. Yeah, some of these guys are slicker than others but in the end you can't trust a professional politician. They say what's expdedient at the moment. I'm hoping the anti-incumbent backlash is going to help take the system back.

7:41:00 AM  

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