Here we have Bill Maher's take on marriage.
And why does the Bush administration want a constitutional amendment about weddings? Hey, birthdays are important, too -- why not include them in the great document? Let's make a law that gay people can have birthdays, but straight people get more cake -- you know, to send the right message to kids.He goes on to criticize the Democrats who don't believe homosexuality is an abomination, yet do no insist on gay marriage. I have to agree. If you are not a true believer, you should have no problem with gays marrying. And you should say so.
This is the difficulty of politics. A candidate is not one issue. If your opponent can pin you to one unpopular issue and hammer it, does that make you a winner for sticking to your guns, or a loser for failing your supporters by not getting elected? But if you follow that reasoning, how can you believe anything a candidate from either party says during an election year, if both are simply positioning themselves for those center votes?
Those center people fascinate me. Most of the people I know are already decided. They either want Bush out of office, or they think he's OK where he is. Encouragingly, no one has tried to tell me he's the best man for the job. But the action is where the undecideds are, or the people who are only tentative for Bush or against him (while we await the Democrat candidate). The people who are considering not voting for Bush... what are they waiting to hear that might change their minds? Without changing his opinions or stances, what could Kerry, for example, say to reassure them?
One chunk of voters I think Kerry needs to address are those that don't like Bush all that much but have no confidence in Kerry to pursue a course that will deal with the terrorist problem and the lingering responsibilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kerry has not yet addressed that issue. I'm looking forward to him taking that issue head-on when and if he becomes the nominee, because I think it will mean the election. If he can convince people he's going to handle that situation in a way that spares us the mistrust that Bush has sown but also find what good we have done and build upon it, he may find some gains among these folks.
Keep the good, dump the bad, and lose the credibility gap.
(BTW - thanks Julie for the Maher link)Posted by James at February 16, 2004 3:00 PM