Monday, August 20, 2007

How Times Change

Independent Gay Forum - Thompson Makes Three! If Phred Phelps were dead, he would be rolling in his grave.
Of the four leading Republican presidential contenders, three—Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and the all-but-declared Thompson—oppose what only three years ago was the Republicans' most prized cultural wedged issue. Recall that in 2004 all but five Senate Republicans voted for the amendment. Now it's amendment-supporting (and exquisitely inconsistent) Mitt Romney who's the odd one out.

Do you favor Federalism, or Central Government control of everything? Or does it depend on how the states are voting on "your" issues?

If you are interested in the Dems views on the subject, this is a fine review.
The truth is, in contrast to the Republicans, there’s nothing in the Democratic ethos circa 2007 that justifies opposing gay marriage. The leading contenders oppose it only because it’s politically necessary. When the political calculus changes so will they, but not a moment sooner. But it’s hard to blame them for not committing political suicide.
I actually liked the bit on Hillary.
Clinton said she opposed gay marriage for “personal reasons,” which tells us nothing except that she is a careful politician.
But the review covers all of the contenders.

Whatever else it is, it will probably be an interesting election. Even if it is already way too long.

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