Sorry for the lack of blogging this weekend. I was away coaching my old debate team at the Harvard Debate Tournament (at the same tournament--and with the same team actually--as Powerline's Deacon). If you're interested in the results, go here.
While I was away, one of the breaking stories was on the so-called Bush Tapes. Now, when my GOP friends saw the headlines I knew they were having panicky Watergate flashbacks, but these turn out to be pretty tame. Except for one thing.
In response to requests by Christian Conservatives that he exclude homosexuals from office, Bush responded quite clearly that he would not join in "kicking gays." Noble sentiments. But that simply makes Bush's support for the FMA all the more abominable. Not only is it purely political, not only is it pandering to the basest of human instincts, but it broke a solemn promise Bush made to himself prior to running for office. If legally codifying discrimination into our constitution, if deliberately inciting a new run of anti-gay hysteria for political gain, if seeking to destroy real families while purporting to the protect "the family" is not "kicking gays," then I don't know what is. I understand that politicians sometimes posture and lie for the camera. But presumably what Bush said in that room, in private, was his real and true principle at the time. That he was so ready to abandon it for a quick political bounce speaks volumes of his character and tenure in office.