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CA Constitution: Ur Doin It Wrong

I gave short shrift to the awfulness that is Proposition 8 in my Thumpin’ 2: Electoral Boogaloo post.  Its success was the sourest, most discordant note in an otherwise mostly positive election.  I can understand (but still hate) the anti-gay victories in red and purple states like Arizona, Arkansas, and Florida, but California?  Here we are in the middle of a huge Democratic victory – presidential landslide, pickups of 6 or 7 Senate seats and about 20 House seats – and one of the most progressive states in the country spits in the face of the gay community?  Un-frickin’-believable.

And very, very sad:

The United States took away rights yesterday.

It’s a stunning thing to acknowledge. On the same day we culminated a civil rights struggle that spans our nation’s entire history by electing the first African-American president of the United States, California voters revoked the right of some citizens of their state to marry the people they love, and nullified the bonds of some who already had.

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Obama’s victory is muddied by too many other factors, some small but some quite large, to be taken as a clear sign that we have made substantial progress on the question of tolerance.

You see, Proposition 8 was a test of our tolerance, unmuddied. It was a straightforward question to a state that likes to think of itself as the most progressive in the Union — do you want to take away civil rights already granted to a minority group? The issues of unemployment, the stock market, gas prices, healthcare — all of which added nuance to the presidential election — were stripped away. It was a question of California’s tolerance in a vacuum. And California failed.

Yes, I’ve heard that the pro-8 forces were very well-funded and well-organized, and the opposition was not as strong as it should have been, but is that really an excuse?  Is funding and organization really enough to overcome people’s understanding of what’s right and fair?

So now the California Constitution is going in reverse, subtracting rights instead of adding them.  The anti-8 people are launching legal challenges based on the idea that Prop 8 removes a “fundamental right” and therefore requires a revision instead of just an amendment, which means a two-thirds majority of either the legislature or the voters.  But it should never have come to this in the first place.

Stein does offer some hope for the future, at least:

The other strong predictor of how someone voted on Proposition 8 was age. Only the 18-29 age demographic voted against it. Young people rejected the idea of limiting the right to marry 61-39. Voters 30-64 voted in favor by about 10 points, and voters over 65 reversed the youngsters’ vote, 39-61.

The fact that younger Americans support marriage equality by such vast numbers means that the writing is on the wall. Proposition 8 and what it represents will not stand the test of time.

Even if the legal challenges fail, a future proposition will eventually reverse this one.  But that doesn’t un-dissolve all the marriages that are going to be wiped out, and doesn’t do much for the gay couples who were hoping to get married in the near future.

The bottom line is that on the same day America said it was okay with a black man in the White House, it said it was not okay with a gay couple in a wedding chapel.

1 comment November 5th, 2008 at 10:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay

Palinsanity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWZHTJsR4Bc

Now that it’s all over, the Palin dirt is just coming right out of the woodwork – almost like, well, the last two months.

More on clothing spree and lack of clothing:

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

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McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended. Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.

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One night, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to her hotel room to brief her. After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. “I’ll be just a minute,” she said.

Even Fox gets into the act:

I heard this live on the Fox Report, Shepard Smith’s show. It was at the end of the show, a report done by Carl Cameron. But apparently the tensions and drama behind the scenes in the McCain Campaign were far, far worse than anyone in the media allowed us to believe.

According to Cameron,

Palin did NOT know Africa was a continent.
She did NOT know who the parties to NAFTA were.
She threw dramatic temper tantrums over bad press.
She refused to prepare for the Gibson or Couric interviews.

Cameron reported that the McCain camp thought the interview was fair, although they didn’t like the media’s snarky reaction to it.

Ho-ly crap.  I kinda hope she is the Republican nominee in 2012.

(f/t Attaturk)

6 comments November 5th, 2008 at 08:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Palin,Weirdness

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging, Post-Election Edition

The Weekly World News’ election coverage has been absolutely phenomenal this cycle, scooping the world on Sarah Palin’s alien heritage, John McCain’s cyborg heritage, Cindy McCain’s Norwegian Ice Sorceress heritage, and Barack Obama’s half-bat half-brother, Obatma. So it’s only natural that their post-election coverage would be uncannily insightful as well.  Three more stories that no other newspaper will dare to cover:

Endorsing Alien gets one wrong:

The Alien, well known for correctly endorsing every presidential winner since 1980, is in shock over his first losing endorsement.

The Alien was not available for comment, but issued a statement that sent his condolences to both the American public and Senator John McCain for getting it wrong….

Insiders believe the Alien will beam himself this evening to McCain’s home to offer the Senator a shoulder to cry on.

McCain gets counseling from PhD Ape:

After losing the 2008 presidential election by nearly 200 electoral votes and nearly six percent of the popular vote, Senator John McCain is understandably in very low spirits.

Before the polls even closed on the West Coast and the Big Sky states, PhD Ape was on a plane from New York, where he was counseling Guy Ritchie, to Arizona.

“John McCain will wake up tomorrow with a headache the likes he has never experienced,” PhD Ape told reporters….

“He has months and months worth of regrettable decisions all weighing down on his shoulders.  He will be reviewing all of those decisions, thinking ‘what if?’  It’s a very difficult time in a politicians life.”

PhD Ape has previously counseled failed politicians Barry Goldwater in 1964 and Al Gore in 2000.

“Fortunately the holidays are coming up.  It will be welcome distraction for John, and he has the next 2 months to come to terms with his failures,” PhD Ape told reporters waiting his arrival in Phoenix.

“By the time he returns to the Senate in the new year, John will be a confident, powerful leader in the Senate.   But it will take weeks and weeks of counseling.”

PhD Ape may be too late:

…John McCain is putting a Flux Capacitor on the Straight Talk Express. It appears that the GOP is resorting to time travel to secure the election.  McCain is expected to travel back in time later this evening and change several strategies of his earlier campaign.

Campaign officials have gone on record assuring voters that the time machine is eco-friendly and will run on all natural fusion from renewable Venusian grade Dark Matter.

There is much speculation about what strategic changes McCain will make, including whether he will pick a new running mate.  When asked about having her relevancy erased from existence, Palin instead talked about American Exceptionalism and rural anecdotes.

A functional time machine is currently being installed by the MIT Motor-Shop class who put the hydraulics, hover-conversion, and 13” sub-woofers on Stephen Hawking’s motorized chair.  McCain hopes the new “Tricked Out” look will help him appeal to younger voters.

Further changes in the timeline are not expected by the Arizona senator as the Republican campaign can only afford enough fuel to send him back roughly three months.

So much for coming to terms with his failures and not worrying about the what-ifs…

2 comments November 5th, 2008 at 07:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Weekly World News

Thumpin’ 2: Electoral Boogaloo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d06xH_DoTpY

This time there is an enemy, so they must unite!

So we have now seen not one, but two, electoral landslides in favor of the Democrats, culminating in Obama blowing away not just John McCain, but George W. Bush’s supposed “mandate” from 2004.  Now can we finally retire the idea that America is a center-right nation, Harry Reid’s idiocy notwithstanding?  The American people just sent a very clear message – again – that they are absolutely sick of eight years of Republican hate, fear, greed, corruption, and downright wrong-about-everything incompetence.

Still, it wasn’t all perfect.  There are a whole bunch of truly odious Republicans who have probably survived, and a whole bunch of anti-gay initiatives that have passed, with the CA one coming right down to the wire (how was that even close in California???), so we still have a lot of room to improve as a nation.  But 2006 and 2008 are a really good first step – I only hope we don’t go backwards in 2010, and that the American people remember who got us into the mess that President Obama will still be digging us out of.

3 comments November 5th, 2008 at 11:55am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans

Post-Election Cartoon

This is great:

Don’t forget to hover over the comic for bonus joke – although it helps if you know what FiveThirtyEight.com is…

(From xkcd)

1 comment November 5th, 2008 at 11:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Elections

Who Does He Think He Is? Joe The McCain?

What a self-important tool.

Hey, Joe!  Your 15 minutes are up already!  You’re not an untouchable bigshot – truth be told, you never were.

Wonkette operative “Tribe” reports from Ohio:

I’m an Obama inside observer in Toledo. Rumor has it, heard from other observers, that Joe the Plumber attempted to cast a ballot in the wrong precinct. Rumor also has it that he was stopped by a City of Toledo police officer in the last few days for speeding … but Joe the Plumber insisted on the officer contacting the officer’s supervisor to let him know “who he was giving a ticket to.”

UPDATE: The Toledo Blade and Toledo police confirm the speeding part.

What. A. Loser.

November 5th, 2008 at 07:52am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections

Image Of The Year

Jesse Jackson crying like a baby, completely overcome.

Awesome.  I can’t even begin to imagine what he must be feeling.

2 comments November 5th, 2008 at 07:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Democrats,Elections


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