Monday, October 02, 2006


Dare I say, Chris Wallace's Fox News Sunday show may actually be must-see television. After having his ass handed to him by President Bill Clinton last week, he had a somewhat more friendly guest on this week, Newt Gingrich. The main topic of discussion was the Mark Foley controversy, and more specifically, the cover-up by the House GOP leadership. When asked by Wallace if the leadership should have done more, Gingrich's reply is easily an early favorite for line of the year: "... I think had [the House Congressional leadership] overly aggressively reacted to the initial round, they would have been accused of gay bashing."
Yes, you can pick your collective jaws up off the floor now. The party that has spent the better part of ten years doing everything in their power to make gays second class citizens, from the Defense of Marriage Act back in 1996 all the way to this summer's failed attempt to amend the United States Constitution in order to codify discrimination of gays into one of the most important documents ever written; the GOP has been anything but concerned with being accused of gay bashing. In fact, it seems that the exact opposite is more likely the case. This is a red meat issue for the GOP's base - to bash gays is to secure votes. Whatever it is that Newt's trying to pedal isn't going to fly with anyone. Really, it was just a few days ago that Colorado Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave called the fight against gay marriage the most important issue facing America today. Not the Iraq war or the millions of uninsured Americans, gay marriage is the most important issue.

So, Newt, do us all a favor and put away that heaping load of chutzpah you just dropped on us and do not insult our collective intelligence by suddenly being concerned about bashing gays. This case has nothing to do with being gay and everything to do with the Republican leadership aiding and abetting a sexual predator.

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