Ix-nay on the Omo-hay Ate-hay
Steve M at the excellent No More Mr. Nice Blog has an interesting analysis on the right’s relative silence (so far) on the overturning of Prop 8. As Steve notes, Maddow addressed it on last night’s show.
There are wingnuts flipping out about the Sodom and Gomorrah-ization of America, of course. They include what passes for the intellectual voice of the conservative movement over at William F. Buckley’s desecrated online grave.
But the response has been strangely muted. Even Palin declined to tut-tut the destruction of the family when spoon-fed a line by Sean Hannity during her bizarre appearance on his show earlier this week. She claimed she hadn’t had time to read the ruling. Since when has ignorance ever stopped Palin from opining?
The theory is that the tea-hadists appeal to swing voters on a libertarian basis and that overt social conservatism would drive independents back into the arms of the relatively sane Democrats. All true, I think. Steve speculates the word has gone out to keep the insane homophobia under wraps until the election is over so as not to frighten off moderates.
As we’ve all noted before, the tea-hadi element is the Bush dead-enders rebranded, led by lunatics like Glenn Beck. If the nutty discussions on their message boards are any indication, I’m not sure they can keep the homo-hatred under their tri-cornered hats until November.
And that’s one reason it’s a crying shame Obama chose to react to the overturning of Prop 8 in such a tepid, illogical and unhelpful manner. I didn’t expect him to hail the ruling or undergo an epiphany on marriage equality—he’s been clear about his position.
However, the fact is, he’s where most moderates are on the issue, which is not where we lefties are, but not where the far right (including the tea-hadis) are either. This might have been a good time to bring attention to that distinction and simultaneously goad the homophobes into overplaying their hand. It’s not too late, Mr. President.