The Morning After

It’s interesting to watch gay conservatives waking up after getting the short end of their electoral/ideological roll in the hay with California governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar yesterday, only to find that he’s ditched them without so much as a note on the pillow or a $20 on the dresser. It’s almost comical, or it would be if their disappointment weren’t so genuine, and their abandonment so depressingly predictable.

Boi is downright disillusioned, as are the rest of the Log Cabin boys.

Something has happened in the last year that has changed the small-government, centrist, bold leader we elected in 2003 into what we have now. And I am not happy about it.

Steve Miller expresses regret, but still doesn’t think the courts are the way to go. That leaves only one option: a statewide ballot initiative to basically overturn the one that was passed five years ago.

Gay Patriot is torn, and seems somewhat sympathetic with those voters who sided against equality five years ago.

I’m torn between the will of the people and the will of the elected representatives. I think this is an important step. But what do the 61% of Californians who voted against same sex marriage in the Year 2000 think about their elected representatives? I don’t know. I admit I struggle with it.

Maybe it’s me, but I think it all sounds like having a crush on the schoolyard bully, and hoping that someday he’ll maybe come around. It ain’t gonna happen. Not if the bully want to maintain his popularity in the schoolyard. That requires keeping the mob satisfied.

Arnold claimed to be a “moderate Republican” as have others. Being an actor, he’s probably had gay’s doing his make-up and dressing him for movies his entire career. He probably even has gay friends. But, however much he like them and however much he agrees that they deserve equal rights, he isn’t going to do much more than talk about it because he knows they aren’t going to get him re-elected. They can’t, based on numbers alone.

So, he’ll kick a little sand in their faces, apologize for it later, and hope they give him another chance. And they probably will, because what other choices have they got in the Republican party? (To be fair, this pretty much describes the plight of gays in the Democratic party, which is only slightly better than the predicament of their Republican counterparts.)

The difference, and the real problem, when it comes to moderate Republicans is that there really aren’t any. Atrios got it pretty much right.

Arnold proves that like the rest of the variations of the mythical moderate Republican, they only exist as a media fantasy.

Pro-choice and pro-gay Republican governors never actually do anything but pay lip service to the idea in order to obtain fawning profiles in the media in the states (New York, Mass, PA, NJ, California) where such beasts go over well. When it comes to actual policy, they’re just as bad as the rest of the haters.

The reality is, when push inevitably comes to shove, they all go running backhome, which in this case is as far right as they can believably go.

I don’t know what to say to the gay Republicans, waking up to the cold morning light, except what I’d say to a friend in the same spot.

Don’t worry. Maybe he’ll call.

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5 Responses to The Morning After

  1. RainbowDemon says:

    Where is this mythical beast: The Moderate Republican?

    Shot in the head, along with Lincoln, I’m afraid… Extinct

    TERMINATED.

    Peace,
    =RD=

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  3. i like your style; i found you via kip esquire who linked you.

    i find you’re mostly right, except quoting hyper-partisans like atrios bothers me because he ignores the fact that if you change a few little things around in his statement, you can apply that to moderate democrats as well.

    i simply don’t find comfort with atrios’ fantasy that there are no such thing as people who are moderate from him or from james dobson (and yeah, i often find he’s as bad on the other side as james dobson).

    i do, however, agree with your assertions about people like gay patriot, who have enough problems with their sexuality they let it spill over into their politics. sad as it is, they’ve been sold right down that river by the governator.

    kind of like bill clinton did to us gays a few years back. a few times, even. (atrios, call your office)

    good post. and, unfortunate topic reference intended.. “i’ll be back”

  4. Terrance says:

    I think Atrios was trying to say something I read in a comment on another site, and that his statement really applies to Republicans running for office as “moderate.”

    That might work on the municipal level, but by the time they run for statewide or federal office (say governor or president) they have to run so far to the right to get the base of their party to support them that they have a harder time making it back to the middle or governing from the middle. If they want to get elected or re-elected, they have to pander to the extreme base.

    In that scenario, gays are among the first thrown under the bus.

  5. but terrance, you can’t say that about gays without looking directly at the clinton administration. i don’t think bill clinton was a bigot for a second. but he sold gays down the river to shore up the middle part of his base, period.

    let’s face it: gays are political dog-doo. nobody wants them when it comes right down to it, and thanks to the extremities on either side of the political fence, we’re the first to go for ANYONE up for election in a district/state/country that has a significant number of people who’d love to watch us not only get thrown under the bus, but for the bus to come back for more.

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