Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

February 5, 2004

by J

Political Cowardice

This ticks me off.
In a statement on Wednesday night, Mr. Kerry clearly sought a middle ground. He said he believed in protecting the "fundamental rights of gay and lesbian couples, from inheritance to health benefits," but added that he believed the answer was civil unions.

"I oppose gay marriage and disagree with the Massachusetts court's decision," he said.
Recall that Kerry, married to a post-menopausal woman, has stated that the purpose of marriage is procreation. It's cowardly. And before you screech about Howard Dean's position on gay marriage, while his position is not mine, at least he's said that it's up to the individual states:
I believe firmly that we must do everything in our power to assure that all citizens of the United States are afforded equal rights under the law -- and that includes gay as well as straight couples. As Governor of Vermont, I was proud to sign the nation's first law establishing civil unions for same-sex couples. Today's decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court represents a different approach to the same goal. One way or another, states should afford same-sex couples equal treatment under law in areas such as health insurance, hospital visitation and inheritance rights.

"Some in Washington will use this decision to justify the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This would be the first constitutional amendment to authorize discrimination, and I oppose it. Marriage is a matter of state law, and gay bashing has no place in the Constitution.
In the same NYT article linked above, a spokesperson for Kerry said:
This is not the Dukakis campaign," the adviser said. "We're not going to take it. And if they're going to come at us with stuff, whatever that stuff may be, if it goes to a place where the '88 campaign did, then everything is on the table. Everything."
Come on, Mr. Kerry. If you were willing to get down and dirty against your fellow Democrats, then why wait? Just go on the offensive and start throwing this unelected fraud out of office now. Quit testing the political winds and shifting all over the damn place and trounce this nitwit. Shock and awe, Mr. Miltary Man. Let's go!

I'm waiting.

Tick. Tock.

Ok, let me put it this way. $50 to the Kerry campaign when I see them go on a real, sustained offensive against the Bush cabal, deal?
Posted by J at February 5, 2004 08:29 AM

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