Thursday, May 18, 2006

Some of my best friends are polygamists

This post is really about the sad spectacle in the Senate Judiciary Committee today, where wedge issue took flight, "Senate panel OKs gay-marriage ban." But Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was challenged by Senator Leahy on the issue of polygamy. Because you see, if marriage is so threatened by the prospect of gay marriage, why isn't something being done about the rampant polygamists in a number of western states? To which Hatch feigned some choice moral indignation:
Leahy said Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who supports the ban, has expressed support for polygamists in his home state of Utah.

"I never said that," Hatch responded. "I know some (polygamists) that are very sincere. ... Don't accuse me of wanting to have polygamy."
Yeah, don't you dare accuse me of being a hypocrite in public, my friend...some of my best friends are polygamists...

But that's just a sideshow. The real spectacle here is the joke of a legislator Arlen Specter has become. Opposes the gay-marriage ban that is being launched out of the Committee he chairs in order to help the Republicans' electoral prospects in November. He opposes it. But did not vote against it. The cowardice of these sheep is just blatant these days. What good is it for anyone to say he opposes it if he's not going to actually do anything about that? He's letting it go to the Senate floor for political purposes. Letting the Senate vote on an issue that is of deep importance to millions of Americans and to whom it is an affront to be playing politics with the issue. What an absolute embarrassment Specter has become. Payback for Santorum's help to him in his last election, perhaps? Or an action taken in light of the wingnut rout in his state, Pennsylvania, that occurred in Republican primaries last night. Whatever the reason, Specter's rolling over for the Rove-driven wedge electoral strategy, once again. He's just as bad as the rest of them.