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    They are waiting for the whole "homosexual agenda" paranoia to kick into full gear before dumping the golden goose.

    Somewhere around 2001, Mr. Spock grew a beard.

    by Olds88 on Wed Oct 05, 2005 at 01:00:23 PM PDT

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    •  Even then... (none)
      Political self-interest means the Republicans never really want to change Roe v. Wade.  The whole "homosexual agenda" doesn't speak to as many people.  They're either unconcerned (one way or the other) or they're a pretty small group (if they feel strongly enough to make it a single-issue thing).  Abortion, on the other hand, gets just about everybody riled up.  They don't want to lose that, because they really have nothing else to offer.  If they had to run solely on gay marriage only, I don't think they'd have enough of a coalition to win elections.  The majority of Americans are not bigots like that.

      whoring my blog like it's my job!

      by jjhare on Wed Oct 05, 2005 at 01:18:22 PM PDT

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      •  I probably shouldn't have said (none)
        "dumping" the golden goose. You're right, of course, it doesn't make sense for them to dump it-- but they may actually have to do something about it.

        For thirty years, they have promised the base that, as soon as they get complete power, they will rid our land of abortion. They are now endangered by there own success. If they actually get rid of abortion, not only will the base's reason for obedience be destroyed, the end state will be apparent-- no sudden rays of golden light from God, no magic transformation to Utopia, no special guest appearance from Jesus.

        So the right does need a new boogeyman. I agree that the homosexual agenda is a poor substitute-- it just doesn't polarize the right demographics as much-- after all, teenage boys don't vote.

        But what else do they have? School prayer? Doesn't have a strong hate element. Intelligent Design? America isn't quite stupid enough, yet. Their best bet is probably to try to whip up some "commie-style" paranoia around homosexuality. If only PFLAG had nukes...

        Somewhere around 2001, Mr. Spock grew a beard.

        by Olds88 on Wed Oct 05, 2005 at 01:47:58 PM PDT

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