Columnist Frank Rich - La Cage aux Democrats - NYTimes.com

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Posted on May 24, 2009 - 5:42pm by Anonymous.

Op-Ed Columnist - La Cage aux Democrats - NYTimes.com

Worth reading. Here's a telling excerpt:

It would be easy to blame the Beltway logjam in gay civil rights progress on the cultural warriors of the religious right and its
political host, the Republican Party. But it would be inaccurate. The right has lost much of its clout in the capital and, as President Obama’s thoughtful performance at Notre Dame dramatized last weekend, its shrill anti-abortion-rights extremism now plays badly even in supposedly friendly confines.

Anyone
with half a brain in the incredibly shrinking G.O.P. knows that gay bashing will further dim the party’s already remote chance of
recruiting young voters to replenish its aging ranks, much as the right’s immigrant bashing drove away Hispanics. This is why Republican
politicians now say they oppose only gay marriage, not gay people, even when it’s blatant that they’re dissembling. Naked homophobia — those campy, fear-mongering National Organization for Marriage ads, for instance — is increasingly
unwelcome in a party fighting for survival. The wingnuts don’t even have Dick Cheney on their side on this issue.

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