Saturday, November 06, 2004
On getting out the homophobic vote.
I'm not kidding. The number one issue among people voting for Bush was social issues, and we only need look at the fact that the anti-gay marriage rights amendments passed in all 11 states to see that the Christian Coalition certainly made it to the polls. I hope the more sane, even socially liberal, members of the Republican Party don't expect their party to become less intolerant any time soon. This year has made it obvious that the Republicans, to win, must be the party of evangelical nutjobs. Look at your allies, guys, look at the votes that are propping your candidate up.
Look at the message you're sending.
You are not the party of Rudy Guiliani, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, or even John McCain (yes, these people are members of your party, but they do not represent its base).
You are the party of Santorum. You're the party of Lott, and of Thurmond, and of Scalia.
If you plan on trying to make the party more tolerant, don't expect to bring your base with you.