Thursday, May 25, 2006
What The Democrats Should Be Doing
1) Gene Lyons tells how to defuse the "gay marriage" issue among others:
Amending the Constitution to forbid gay marriage is another election-year shell game. Finessing it shouldn’t be too hard for Democrats. If your church refuses to solemnize same-sex marriages, that’s its undeniable First Amendment right. Forbidding people to enter into domestic partnership contracts due to sexual orientation, however, would be un-American. No, that won’t persuade obsessive homophobes, but they’re fewer all the time.Sounds good to me! 2) BuzzFlash on how Dennis Hastert just gave the Democrats the tools they can use to win in November:
In a debate over extending tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, Hastert justified the rip-off of the middle class and poor with these words: "well, folks, if you earn $40,000 a year and have a family of two, you don't pay any taxes. So you probably if you don't pay any taxes, you are not going to get a big tax cut. Now, if you earn $1 million a year, you are going to pay about $400,000 of taxes. Maybe you'll get a $40,000 tax cut ..." Message to Dems: Take this quote and run on it until the last vote is counted. You've been looking for an opening to the working families who can swing enough districts to retake the House, and Hastert just gave it to you. "The Republican Speaker of the House Says Working Families Don't Pay Taxes. Janice Coleman Doesn't Agree With Him, Do You?" Of course, in this case the name "Janice Coleman" represents the name of any Democratic Congressional candidate in the United States. The mid-terms have to be a national referendum on one-party Republican power distilled down to a simple message or two. Hastert -- who the Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin calls "the Marie Antoinette of American politics" -- is leading an anti-working class economic policy. It's time the Democrats countered the Republican demagogic wedge issues like gay marriage, immigration, and flag burning with the economic wollop of the GOP on America's working people. "Bob Williams, gas station attendant, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives says that you don't pay taxes. Had enough? Vote Democratic."That works for me, too.
Given the low numbers of people in Mass. who opt to get married I don't think that insisting on it now is worth the political price. There are states that don't even have basic civil rights protections on employment, housing, accomodations, etc.
I know I've gone on about the difference between having a right and being able to exercise that right but that is the simple fact of our existence. Women always had the right to vote but getting the legal basis to pracitce the right took a very long time and a lot of work.
This might not take as long but it's going to be a lot of work.
In the meantime I'm perfectly willing for my right to marry to wait so we can get the items in the leftist agenda that can be put into effect, into effect. It's not just about any one of our issues.
I sincerely hope that Mr. Rove and company run exactly the same type of cutthroat campaign that they have been responsible for featuring in the past.
The most effective tools that the Dems could use in their media campaigns are already developed. Clip/feature the most arrogant and distasteful remarks made by members of the administration/associates and allow them to simply speak - for themselves.
Caption? "This isn't what the United States of America is supposed to stand for - is it?"
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