That’s it. As of today, or at least as soon as my county board of elections gets my updated voter registration, I am no longer a registered Democrat. I am officially unaffiliated. Why, you ask? Well, I guess it was Howard Dean who put the icing on the cake when he went belly-crawling to Pat Robertson and misrepresented all over himself.
Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean has contradicted his party’s platform and infuriated gay rights advocates by saying the party’s platform states “marriage is between a man and a woman.”
“The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says marriage is between a man and a woman,” Dean said May 10 during a “700 Club” program hosted by conservative Christian leader Pat Robertson on his Christian Broadcasting Network.
That statement contradicts the Democratic National Committee’s official stance, which was adopted in 2004.
“We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families,” the platform says.
Gay organizations were quick to criticize Dean, saying this is just the latest in a series of gaffes the former Vermont governor has made on gay issues.
Neither Dean nor a spokesperson for the DNC could be reached for comment.
Yeah. I bet they were unavailable for comment, and I bet they’ll stay that way. But calling this a “series of gaffes” is way too generous if you ask me. Nobody makes that many “gaffes” that consistently regarding a particular constituency.
Once is a gaffe. Twice is a gaffe. After that it enters the realm of strategy. Showing up on the 700 Club is hardly a gaffe. It’s a clear answer to the previous question of the Democrats strategy on gay issues in 2006.
But I have to be honest and say that this isn’t much of a surprise. It’s been telegraphed in one way or another for a long time. It started even months before the 2004 election. Voters hadn’t yet gone to the poll when EMILY’s List supported an anti-gay Democrat for congressional office. Barack Obama, the party’s “Great Black Hope” of the moment, also came down against marriage equality.
It got worse after the 2004 election, when Democrats apparently started buying into the “values voter” hype and Hillary Clinton (among others) started leaning further right, with her eyes on a 2008 presidential run. Now she’s cozying up to Rupert Murdoch, owner of the Fox network.
We’ve seen the DCCC forget its own nondiscrimination policy regarding sexual orientation.
We’ve seen Dean suddenly fire the DNC’s gay outreach chair, after the guy’s partner had the temerity to suggest that Dems live up to their long declared values when it comes to equality for gay & lesbian Americans.
In my own state, which is relatively progressive on gay issues, the Democrat’s front runner for the governor’s race can’t manage a straight answer on whether he supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state, even though he has a record as mayor of Baltimore of supporting equal protections and benefits for same-sex couples.
Now Dean goes crawling to Pat Robertson, to pander to a demographic that will never give him or the party the time of day, let alone their dollars or their votes.
Let me put it this way. If the Democratic party was a guy that I’d been dating all this time, after everything that I’ve cataloged above, Dean’s quickie with Pat would basically add up to that boyfriend cozying up with my worst enemy and whispering sweet nothings such as “I never really liked him anyway.”
At that point, I’d break up with him, lose his phone number, ask for my keys back, and return his gifts too. And if he wanted my trust or support any time in the future, he’d have to earn it.
Sometimes such a break is necessary to preserve one’s self respect. This is one of those times.