Monday, May 08, 2006


Stop Hitting Yourself! Stop Hitting Yourself!

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, it's that time again. Time to play "Goofus and Gallant" with the Democratic Party.

Today's entry:

Legislation that would have included crimes against gays and lesbians in federal hate crime laws has been dropped in the Senate.

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) has been trying to get the measure passed since 1999. This session he tacked it onto a national sex offender bill.

The sex offender registry bill has been tied up in the Senate for months as Kennedy fought to have the hate crime provision passed.

Late last week he pulled the amendment allowing the sex offender bill to pass unanimously after Republicans threatened to block passage of the sex offender legislation pin the blame on "liberal Democrats" and gay activists.

See that right there? That's the "Goofus" entry.

The "Gallant" entry would be: Kennedy says damn the torpedoes and keeps the legislation in. The registry gets shot down. The right-wing noise machine moves to paint the Democrats and gay activists as kiddie-toucher enablers... but get blocked out by a well-rounded descent of Democratic senators, representatives, and pundits upon news services, demanding that America ask why Republican senators are so afraid of making sure that gay people don't have the shit beat out of them, that they are willing to endanger America's children.

Now that's politics. If only someone in the DNC knew how to play at it.

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