Thursday, May 18, 2006

Eyes On The Prize

It's election season, so you can bet that the GOP - the party of "ideas" - will put forth a bold new set of policy proposals that will be sure to wow the public by the sheer quality of their idea-ness. As I mentioned in a previous post, we've already been treated to the somewhat inauspicious unveiling of Gay Marriage 2.0 - The Immigration Scare. Given the mixed reaction to the roll-out of that product (outright hostile in some quarters), I was certain the GOP would turn to something more serious, august and befitting the Party Of Weighty Ideas.

I wasn't disappointed. Behold, the incandescent splendor of Gay Marriage 3.0 - More Gay Marriage.

Amid increasing partisan tension over President Bush’s judicial nominees and domestic wiretapping, the panel [of the Senate Judiciary Committee] voted along party lines to send the constitutional amendment — which would prohibit states from recognizing same-sex marriages — to the full Senate, where it stands little chance of passing.

Democrats complained that bringing up the amendment is a purely political move designed to appeal to the GOP’s conservative base in this year of midterm elections.
Yes folks, with all the monumentally important challenges facing this nation: a raging conflict in Iraq, a potentially nuclear Iran, a nuclear North Korea, an ascendant China, a staggering deficit, rising inflation, out of control gas prices, massive environmental degradation and global warming, gaping holes in health care coverage for Americans, Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Zarqawi on the loose, etc., the Party Of Weighty Ideas has focused like a laser marriage and illegal immigration?

Can a Constitutional amendment banning flag burning really be that far behind?

And just for the sake of piling on, Christian conservative leader Pat Robertson claims he had another conversation, hombre y dio, with our Heavenly Meteorologist.

In another in a series of notable pronouncements, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says God told him storms and possibly a tsunami will hit America's coastline this year. [...]

"If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms," Robertson said May 8. On Wednesday, he added, "There well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest."
Now that's what I call ideas! The Democrats gotta get themselves some of those.

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