This Post is Not Gay
But, then again it is.
Newsweek Magazine has a new column by Markos Moulitsas, a.k.a. Kos of DailyKos, in which Markos writes about how absent some freak political happening, the Democrats should be fine come the November 2008 elections.
Consequently, to stand any chance of winning next year, Republicans must pray for a national amnesia to erase the previous eight years from the minds of voters. But amnesia only happens in soap operas—and that’s why Democrats will win in 2008. As long as Democratic candidates remind voters that the Republican platform and Bush’s record are one and the same, victory will be assured.
To some, like the commenter who asked about my Bilerico post Hillary Clinton Smacks John Edwards “What exactly does this post specifically, or your intra-party biases generally, have to do with gay rights?”, this may seem like needless partisanship. To me, its a sign that if Markos is right and Democrats take back the White House and increase their majorities in Congress, then we will experience advancement on LGBT civil rights issues in the next few years that will dwarf any of our successes to date.
That is if we play our cards right and move past the divisive and infuriating bickering that marked the recent drama around ENDA. In some ways, that whole episode has been amongst our finest hours and our most amateurish.
Its no secret to anyone that the Democrats are light years of the Republicans in understanding and supporting LGBT issues. And while I support efforts to educate Republicans about LGBT issues, the reality is that the more pro-gay Democrats we have in Congress in combination with a pro-gay Democratic president increases the chances of passage of historic civil rights legislation that benefits the LGBT community. I’m talking about not just ENDA and the hate crimes bill, but also about the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, passage of the Early Treatment for HIV Act, the Responsible Education About Life Act, the Uniting American Families etc.
Markos’ column and the work of LGBT activists engaged in campaigns shows is that electoral politics matter. And our ability as millions LGBT and allied voters to elect candidates who will not just use all the right buzz words, but who will expend political capital to advance our issues matters even more.
I am not under the illusion that simply electing Democrats will take us over the rainbow, but it sure as hell increases our chances.