So-called "Moral Values"=homophobia and anti-choice
... in case you weren't aware
In 2000, the Democrats blamed Nader for their loss. That's up for debate. But now it seems that they're blaming the Supreme Court of Massachusetts for ruling in favor of same-sex marriage (I've already heard several people on NPR making this argument).
Yes, that's right. Apparently the voters who turned out were more concerned with stopping sinful homosexuals visiting each other in hospitals and eating wedding cake and being loving parents than with, say, HAVING A JOB or HEALTHCARE, or BEING PAID A DECENT WAGE or NOT BOMBING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS TO KINGDOM COME. (Update--Scott Bateman nails it in his cartoon today).
I can't tell you how comforting that is. And I can't tell you how angry that "blame the Massachusetts court for advancing civil rights" argument makes me. If anyone's at fault, it's George W. Bush for shamelessly flogging his homophobic agenda while giving lip-service to tolerance, and the Kerry campaign, for not being consistently anti-war, and not speaking enough to the Democratic base (minority voters, for example). And it's the 23% of openly gay voters who VOTED FOR BUSH, presumably because tax cuts meant more to them than civil rights. Yes, you heard me--it's Mary Cheney's fault. Check the exit polls and you'll see that I'm right.
Would anyone now go back in time to tell the courts that made landmark civil rights decisions in the 1950s and 1960s that they should have waited until the whole country agreed with them? Hell no. Grrr. I think I'm going to vomit.
Update. Kerry conceded. My temptation is to cry and call him a loser, but as the Nation reminded me in an email today: "don't mourn, organize."