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Bill Clinton just penned an editorial revealing that he's apparently discovered that the Defense of Marriage Act, which he signed into law, is in fact unconstitutional and wrong. In that spirit, let me tell you about Steve:

Steve has a beautiful house, a loving family, and an adorable collie named Mr. Sparks.
One night the Republicans show up on his lawn. They want to burn everything to the ground and kill the dog. Let's say it's something they found in the Bible.

Anyway Bill Clinton shows up. He argues with them on behalf of Steve.
"What you're doing to this man is
wrong, I tell you. Wrong," he says. He sounds concerned and full of silken gravitas. "Take everything in the house, if you must. But torching this beautiful place and ending a dog's life goes against our values."

The Republicans agree. The two sides of the government come together in a spirit of compromise. GOP operatives load all of Steve's belongings into their trucks and drive away. Clinton winks.

"Best deal I could get for ya, buddy."

Then the police show up. They don't need to talk to Steve about what happened, because Bill Clinton gives a statement for the investigators that sounds like a stirring call for bipartisanship. The cops are tearing up as they write it. Steve thanks Clinton, who shakes the man's hand and then leaves with his wife.

Steve takes the remainder of his family and goes back to huddle in their living room, which is now ice-cold, because someone wrecked the heating system, just to be mean. That night, Mr. Sparks runs away. Newt Gingrich sees him on a street later, and hits him with his car.


Obviously I miss that gray-haired old rascal as much as the next Democrat. And watching him transform his opposition to gay marriage into secret support for gay marriage is kind of marvelous. But the important story here is that Clinton's party changed over the years. Our current Democrat in the White House has made real progress toward equality. We no longer expect our candidates to say they're willing throw gay people a scrap or two, but marriage is really something that can only be between a man and a woman.

The party that sold Steve out is no longer around. But the party that wanted to burn his place down in the first place? The party that has spent decades loudly and proudly denying gay rights?

They haven't changed at all on that. They haven't changed about much else either. They're great on repackaging the same old hateful nonsense. But they won't see that they're wrong. Let's remember this for many years to come.


NOTE: Please read "You Probably Won't Even Know The Guy We Blow Up" By Eric Holder

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  •  sigh (2+ / 0-)
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    oysterface, skrekk

    Does anyone remember how much political capital Bill Clinton spent on gays and lesbians?  He was wanting to allow gays in the military back in 1992.  Anyone remember how he was fucked over by Democrats in the House and Senate?

    Yes, DOMA was, and is, bad law.   And yes, Clinton signed it.  But neither he nor Hillary are these shysters your imply.  They are, and have been, staunch allies of the LGBT community.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:31:51 AM PST

    •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

      He campaigned on wanting to allow gay people in the military.

      He governed with Don't Ask Don't Tell.

      •  Let me put it another way... (1+ / 0-)
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        brillig

        Do you think that our side hasn't shown real progress on defending the rights of gay people?

        I think that's a no brainer. Of course we have.

        Is this all because Clinton was bad and Obama is good? No. I think Obama has a different, better country in that way, but I also think he's shown a willingness to be more straightforward than Clinton.

  •  I like the parable of Steve. (0+ / 0-)

    Compromise and bipartisanship are two overused and misunderstood words in this town.

  •  The diarist is forgetting the other half of the (0+ / 0-)

    parable of Steve, which is that prior to letting the Republicans steal Steve's belongings, it wasn't even a crime to steal stuff from Steve.

    In fact the passage of a blatantly unconstitutional law like DOMA has federalized the issue and created the opportunity for a SCOTUS ruling in favor of heightened scrutiny.   The bigots have unwittingly shot themselves in the foot with DOMA, and advanced the legal issue far faster than it otherwise would have been without such a law.

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