Wednesday, November 03, 2004

My last Andrew Sullivan post (for now)

I checked over at Andrew's site to enjoy more schaudenfreude at his expense and I read this post. The man is so self-contradictory that it is surprising he doesn't argue with himself on his blog. Read this latest quote

What we're seeing, I think, is a huge fundamentalist Christian revival in this country, a religious movement that is now explicitly political as well....And it is completely legitimate in this country for such views to be represented in public policy, however much I disagree with them. But the intensity of the passion, and the inherently totalist nature of religiously motivated politics means deep social conflict if we are not careful. Our safety valve must be federalism. We have to live and let live. As blue states become more secular, and red states become less so, the only alternative to a national religious war is to allow different states to pursue different options. That goes for things like decriminalization of marijuana, abortion rights, stem cell research and marriage rights. Forcing California and Mississippi into one model is a recipe for disaster. Federalism is now more important than ever. I just hope that Republican federalists understand this. I fear they don't. (Emphasis added)

and contrast it with this one from earlier today

I've been trying to think of what to say about what appears to be the enormous success the Republicans had in using gay couples' rights to gain critical votes in key states. In eight more states now, gay couples have no relationship rights at all. Their legal ability to visit a spouse in hospital, to pass on property, to have legal protections for their children has been gutted. If you are a gay couple living in Alabama, you know one thing: your family has no standing under the law; and it can and will be violated by strangers. I'm not surprised by this. When you put a tiny and despised minority up for a popular vote, the minority usually loses. But it is deeply, deeply dispiriting nonetheless. A lot of gay people are devastated this morning, and terrified. We have seen, and not for the first time, how using fear of a minority can be so effective a tool in building a political movement. The single most important issue for Republican voters, according to exit polls, was not the war on terror or Iraq or the economy. It was "moral values". (Emphasis added)

So which is it, Andrew? Is the passage of these Traditional Marriage Amendments the harbinger of a new wave of anti-gay oppression, or simply our Federal system at it's best? Are you going to let Utahns "live and let live", or are you going to force us to honor gay marriages from Massachusetts?

I suspect that Mr. Sullivan's newfound fervor for Federalism is merely a political tactic to dissuade opponents of gay marriage from pushing the issue, an issue that even he now admits is political poison for the Democrats. The hope of Sullivan and other gay activists is that they can get the Supreme Court to rule favorably before an amendment passes, instead of having to convince them to overturn a Constitutional amendment (but hey, the court already ignored the 10th amendment in the Lawrence decision, why not another one?). The results of yesterday make that alot harder.


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