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.
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.