With the Bush administration, and Repbulicans generally, tanking in the polls, the time has come to do some serious pandering to the right-wing base. Expect to see a lot more articles like this one, from The Washington Post:
A U.S. Senate panel advanced a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday as the committee chairman shouted “good riddance” to a Democrat who walked out of the tense session.
“If you want to leave, good riddance,” The Senate Judiciary Chairman, Republican Arlen Specter, told Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold, who refused to participate because, he said, the meeting was not sufficiently open to the public.
“I’ve enjoyed your lecture too. See you later, Mr. Chairman,” Feingold told the Pennsylvania senator before storming out of the private room where the meeting took place.
The testy exchange highlighted tensions over the proposal, which seeks to amend the U.S. Constitution to prevent states from recognizing same-sex marriages.
The measure passed 10-8 on a party-line vote. Specter said he voted for the amendment because he thought it should be taken up by the full Senate, even though he does not back it.
Party-line vote. So much for there being no difference between the parties.
Meanwhile, Republican presidential hopefuls are trying desperately to shore up their theocratic credentials. To John McCain’s recent graduation address at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, you can now add the spectacle of the pro-choice, pro-civil-union Rudy Giuliani stumping for former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed in Georgia:
Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani glided over his support for gay civil unions and declared heterosexual marriage to be “inviolate” today as he helped raise money for a former leader of the Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed, who is in a tough fight to become lieutenant governor of Georgia.
For Mr. Giuliani, who is considering a run for the presidency in 2008, the trip to Georgia allowed him to pick up a political chit from Mr. Reed that could be useful if and when Mr. Giuliani builds a national coalition that includes evangelical Republicans, who are a core part of Mr. Reed’s political base.