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Sunday, February 22, 2004

One final word for the night

This morning, I watched the CBS political show Face the Nation. On the show were DNC chair Terry McAuliffe and RNC chair Ed Gillespie. For most of the show, McAuliffe smacked Gillespie up and down the table, sticking it to him on every issue. I was even inspired to pull some cheers for McAuliffe, he was so good. However, at the very end of the show, McAuliffe made a HUGE mistake. The moderator, Bob Schieffer, asked Gillespie if the preznit would take a stand for an amendment banning marriage rights for homosexuals. Not surprisingly, Gillespie danced around the question, but left the general impression that, yes, Bush would support such an amendment. Schieffer then asked McAuliffe the same question. McAuliffe said, "John Kerry said he's against gay marriages. I'll let the senator speak for himself." Schieffer then said that they were out of time for the segment.

This is where Kerry's stupid, nuanced, pragmatist stance can get him into serious trouble. This dumb statement by the chair of the Democratic National Committee leaves the impression that Kerry may well support just such an amendment. Now, anyone who knows Kerry's votes (he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996) would know that this is not the case. However, those who do not pay such attention to Congress are left with the wrong impression. Kerry should just bite the bullet and come out for marriage rights for homosexuals. He already does support those rights; the only thing he does not support is letting homosexuals use the word "marriage" to describe their unions. All it is is a word. That's what this fight is about in most people's eyes. Now, there are those who do not believe homosexuals should not even have the right to enter into civil unions, but those are not the sort of people that would vote for John Kerry in the first place. He's not going to fool them by giving marriage rights to homosexuals under a different name.

Full transcript to Face the Nation here. It's a .pdf file.



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