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Friday, May 11, 2012

The Right Won't Take Heed

A leading GOP pollster has written a quite startling letter to party insiders, candidates and operatives.  The message: back off gay marriage.  He writes that up to 2009 support for gay marriage was increasing at about 1% a year but since then it has accelerated to 5% a year and now has a lead of 10% against those who don't support it.  The movement crosses party lines as well as age groups but is strongest among younger voters.

The last paragraph of the letter by pollster Jan Van Lohuizen is telling.

Conservative fundamentals:       “As people who promote personal responsibility, family values, commitment and stability, and emphasize freedom and limited government we have to recognize that freedom means freedom for everyone.  This includes the freedom to decide how you live and to enter into relationships of your choosing, the freedom to live without excessive interference of the regulatory force of government. 

He's right but for one thing.  Today's Republicans are as much Conservatives as Obama is a Socialist.  Today's right are Christian Fundamentalist Reactionaries and as such cannot and will not accept the idea that gay marriage is congruent with their philosophy.  It's why they stepped right into the contraceptive fight on the wrong side and in the process will lose a few million votes in November.  They do not support most conservative principles, certainly not fiscally or socially. 

Obama's announcement on Wednesday was a stroke of political genius, coming a day after the debacle in North Carolina.  The Romney 'bullying' store coming right after that doesn't help the right's cause either.  A few of the saner wing of the GOP might tut-tut and say he's right but any who speak out loud in support of the ideas of the memo will face instant crucifixion. 

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