The Republican Party has once more institutionalized bigotry as part of their charter. It fought ferociously to ban interracial marriage in the '60's. In 1967 it mounted a furious assault upon the Supreme Court for striking down state laws banning interracial marriage, much the same as they are now using their transparent caterwauling against "activist" judges to attack gay marriage.
Back to the 60's: The proposed anti-interracial marriage ban was part of the "Southern Strategy." Today it's called the Defense of Marriage Act, their increasingly frantic attempt to connect with the dimmest bulbs amongst their support base. It failed miserably,as rational people knew it would.
Despite holding four more Senate seats today than in 2004, when Bush first proposed writing discrimination into our constitution, his recent move netted only 49 of the 67 votes it needed for passage. With four more seats in the Senate, that's a pick-up of only one. Not even close.
Even amongst Christian fundamentalist "know-nothings," who've supported Bush without question, his approval is plummeting. Beside the oil companies, white evangelicals are Bush's strongest supporters, but they have turned away from him by an astounding 22%. As veteran political commentator Charlie Cook irreverently quipped, "The guy's dropping everywhere, but Jesus, ---that's the biggest drop of them all."
Prior to the vote, Bush told his hand-picked evangelical audience, "Americans have reached a 'consensus' against gay marriage." 60% of Americans supported that viewpoint just two years ago. The latest polls show that number has fallen to 42%, and is dropping. Incurious George may well have whiffed on this one while riding his bike.
Even Laura urged the president not to use gay marriage "as a campaign issue." It is reassuring that one member of the Bush family might have some sense of social conscience. When you've listened to guys like Karl Rove as long as Bush has, ethics become secondary to expedience.
While I doubt Bush personally subscribes to these homophobic beliefs, it's a shame he lacks the strength of character to tell these lunatics to buzz off on this one.
As Senator Russ Feingold said:
"All over the country, married heterosexual couples are shaking their heads and wondering how exactly the prospect of gay marriage threatens their marriages."
Television commentator Lou Dobbs, hardly a liberal, weighed in with:
Y'all remember Reverend Fred Phelps, don't you? He's that nice pastor fellow from Kansas who is currently appearing at the funerals of our young men and women slain in Iraq, cheering their deaths, as God's punishment for allowing homosexuals to live amongst us. Well, even Fred is suspicious regarding the sincerity of Bush's push for the failed amendment:
"He's some kind of demagogue without any core values whatsoever," pipes up Fred. "He's shameless."