This Post is Not Gay

November 18, 2007 at 9:07 am 7 comments

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.

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  • 1. Eric Palmieri  |  November 18, 2007 at 9:21 am

    A national amnesia isn’t the only condition that could cause the Republicans to win.

    If, somehow, there is another terrorist attack before the elections, the Republicans will find some way to blame it on the Democratic Congress.

    Also, don’t be surprised if the government captures some sort of “terror cell” in the weeks leading up to the election.

    -Eric Palmieri

    http://www.ericpalmieri.com

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  • 2. Michael Crawford  |  November 18, 2007 at 9:52 am

    I don’t doubt that the Republicans have some sleazy trick up their sleeves to try frighten voters into giving them another chance. I am hoping that Americans have gotten wise to the GOP’s scare tactics and will vote for the party that wants to govern effectively over the party that wants to effectively destroy government.

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  • 3. kip  |  November 18, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Damn, Eric stole my thunder. I do think we are a lot further ahead on LGBT issues than they are. Course, there’s still a long road ahead.

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  • 4. Christopher  |  November 18, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    The GOP can’t be allowed to win.

    To this end, and with Gore deciding to remain a private citizen, I have pledged my support to Barack Obama.

    I think, and I believe, only Obama has the chops to derail the Hillary cyclone. Plus, after careful reading, I think Barack is best on LGBT issues.

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  • 5. Michael Crawford  |  November 19, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Good choice Christopher.

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  • 6. Christopher  |  November 19, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Michael,

    I have a long piece up on my blog vis a vis my decision to support Obama. Most people have been supportive but, the day is still young!!!

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  • 7. proudprogressive  |  November 19, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    oh and by the way , do you all realize that markos is CIA – yep its true. There are links, there are words on tape, etc. His words by the way – i know it sounds tin foily but look at the fly paper KOS is for liberals – thinks its crazy. write to me and i will send you links ain’t gonna put em in here. …but if anyone watched last yrs YrlyKos, and looked at how it was set up – its pretty clear they have sold out. Just my two cents on Markos…google it. see for yourself. I know by now some of you are say that freakin nutcase PP, but you go do some research and see if you still that. I may be nutty , that i will concede. passionate too. BUT seriously this information should be shared..just so you know..Kos is well a Newsweek writer now, just like Karl….how sweet.

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