War going badly? Re-election looking a little shaky? Let's scapegoat some minorities!
The GOP has officially commenced its Blame the Gays campaign for 2004:
"Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are making plans to turn gay marriage into a major issue in next year's elections, with some Christian groups saying that banning same-sex unions is a higher immediate priority for them than restricting abortion.
"Party strategists said the issue could be a bonanza for mobilizing conservatives to fund campaigns and turn out to vote, particularly in the South. Conservative groups said they plan to challenge candidates to sign a pledge in support of a constitutional amendment precluding gay marriage, then use the results — along with votes Republicans hope to force in the House and Senate — as a wedge against Democrats."
The only question is whether W. will come on board.
"Administration officials, in private conversations, sounded skittish about the issue and said there is no chance Bush will take any further position on the issue before the Massachusetts ruling. After that, the president will have to make a high-stakes legal and political decision about how aggressive a response he will support."
But given the fierce homophobia that reigns in the more benighted GOP precincts--that is, most of them--I predict he will.
Will it work? Some, like Doug Ireland of The Nation, are convinced it may be a slam-dunk.
Yet another reason to move to Canada. Or to purchase the bumper sticker I saw in Portland, Maine, this summer: "Too many right wing Christians. Too few lions."