I’ve read two stories in the last 24 hours about GOP efforts to make their electoral tent smaller. Both threaten the chances for Republican victories against the very vulnerable John Tierney and the wide-open race for the Bay State Governorship.
Both stories outline the continued fight conservative activists are waging to deny civil rights to Americans based on their sexual orientation. Just to be clear, this is not a “concerned troll” post suggesting the GOP establishment fight back against this ignorance. No, this is a post from a liberal who–while disturbed that knuckle draggers still walk the earth–rather enjoys watching the GOP civil war erupting right in front of me.
The first story involves veteran GOP Congressman Randy Forbes demanding that the Republican Congressional Committee to deny financial support to gay GOP congressional candidates, most notably Richard Tisei’s race against Tierney.
The second story appears in today’s Globe, regarding a backlash of social conservatives against fellow-traveler Karyn Polito’s tepid endorsement of gay marriage (Registration maybe required). Given that Baker’s pick of Polito has been widely hailed as a smart electoral move, it is apparent that leading GOP activists–including, according to the Globe, Chanel Prunier, the Republican National Committeewoman from MA (and is she still Rob Eno’s roommate?).
Given that national and state polls clearly indicate that denying civil liberties to Americans based on their sexual orientation is not politically popular, it is apparent that there are many deadender’s in high levels of the GOP, that would rather be right then appeal to a majority of voters.
I’m happy to say this is not my party. If I was a member of the GOP, I don’t know what would be more disconcerting: being a member of a political party that takes positions that will result in electoral loses, of being a member of any organization that embraces ignorance.