"St. Valentine's Day Massacre" - The Cocktail Slippers
- So Christine Gregoire has signed the marriage equality bill in Washington State. Kudos to her and all who made it possible.
- And the New Jersey Senate also passed a marriage equality bill by a pretty decent margin, albeit not one sufficient to override a promised veto by Governor Chris Christie. Christie has insisted that this matter be put to a referendum, rather than enacted in the traditional fashion by the legislature. At the moment, it appears that such a referendum would come down squarely on the side of equality.
- One of the few upsides to the Republican landslide in 2010 was that it convinced the party's true believers of the popularity of their platform. As a result all kinds of overreaching has occurred -- things that in the short run are deeply disturbing and dangerous, such as the anti-union activity we have seen in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and Arizona, among others, and the broad assaults on reproductive freedom in more states than I can list. Add to that the Republican presidential campaign and its congressional leadership, who still think things like contraception are controversial with voters (it's not) and still seem to think the American people long for bigger and better wars (they don't), and a very clear picture is painted of a party that is extraordinarily extreme. Now this is not a revelation to those of us who are actively engaged in politics on a daily basis, but I do think it is for the apolitical or the casually political. And for the teacher in Waukesha or the firefighter in Akron or the mother in suburban Philadelphia, I think this is the kind of thing that makes them understand that this is not the Republican Party that their parents may have supported and it is one that is now directly attacking things of which they approve and may even hold dear. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, but right now I think if the economy continues to show modest growth and employment continues to improve, it is going to be a very tough election for the Republicans.
- Now that Pat Buchanan has given up electoral politics, Rick Santorum strikes me as the mainstream politician who would have been most comfortable serving in the Franco government.
- Thomas Edsall is far too kind to Charles Murray.
- And my old college history professor has an article in the New York Times about the long history of voter suppression in the United States.
What's going on with you? I think I am going to pop in to the Westminster Dog Show if I get a break today.