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This is an interesting twist from Politico:

The SCOTUS ruling the GOP really wants

Conservatives watching this week’s gay marriage arguments at the Supreme Court are wondering if it will happen again: Unelected justices ignoring the will of legislatures and high-handedly imposing their own wishes on one of society’s most divisive moral issues.

In political circles in Washington and elsewhere, a good number of these conservatives will also make a surprising confession: They are strongly rooting for that outcome exactly.

In a mostly hidden subtext of the gay marriage debate, a lot of Republicans would be thrilled with the most far-reaching court decision possible. This is the only way, they reckon, to take the issue out of an electoral arena in which it is increasingly bringing them little but grief.


But the Republican Party and its evangelical core have not moved with the rest of the country, tying the GOP — for now — to a position that’s anathema to the majority of younger, more educated and politically independent voters; precisely the voters the party needs to begin clearing out the wreckage of two consecutive presidential defeats.

The only obvious way to square that political circle in the short term is through a sweeping Supreme Court decision — one that strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act and invalidates California’s Proposition 8 law banning same-sex marriage.

That would be a crushing defeat for voters and politicians, predominantly on the right, who believe marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman. But to Republican consultants, fearful of ending up on the wrong side of political history, such a ruling would be a liberation.

“It removes the issue from the Democratic playbook of fundraising scare tactics and political demagoguery and breaks their usual messaging dynamic of, ‘You’re a beleaguered minority; let us protect you from the evil GOP — oh, and here’s your absentee ballot,’” said Florida-based Republican consultant Rick Wilson.

We win, they win?

The electorate's political memory is short.  An issue "resolved" is no longer an issue.

What will SCOTUS do?  Back to the States?  Bar the Feds from defining marriage?

It's going to be a long wait until decisions in June.

Meanwhile, my brain hurts..

Courtesy of Monty Python and the GOP (Gumby On Parade)

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 08:50:14 AM PDT

  •  Dems win, Repubs win, (5+ / 0-)

    and most importantly, LBGT married and want to be married couples win.

    In this case, I'll take it...and would take it if the third reason were the only one in evidence.

    However, if the Republicans think it's the end of their issues with it, think again.  Trans rights will be hot on their heels here.  Plus the far right won't ever let the marriage thing go any more than they can let abortion go.

    Capitulation by the party heads may actually cause more strife with the Evangelicals than it removes.

    (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

    by Lonely Liberal in PA on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:12:03 AM PDT

    •  Sorry this simply is NOT like abortion, and (0+ / 0-)

      the comparison being pushed (by the right mainly) to Roe v. Wade is just not valid.  Reproductive choice is still polarizing and involves an entirely different set of philosophical/emotional/social issues, while marriage equality is rapidly becoming a no-brainer across the political/religious spectrum for most under retirement age.

      •  Both are Control Issues (3+ / 0-)
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        chrississippi, scott5js, bythesea

        Control of a minority (politically speaking WRT power controlled).

        I've never met an authoritarian that could give up any power.  I never met an Evangelical that could keep his or her tongue off the gay thing (pun intended).

        That will not change.  They may become partially ineffective at it, but I predict a flurry of state constitutional amendments showing up in 2014 and 2016 if the Supremes were to actually get off their duffs and do the right thing.

        They won't, so I don't think my prediction will be tested.

        (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

        by Lonely Liberal in PA on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:43:36 AM PDT

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      •  Reproductive choice was a no brainer once n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

        by Catte Nappe on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 11:05:41 AM PDT

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    •  If there is an issue like abortion (0+ / 0-)

      I'd say it is gun control rather than same-sex marriage.

      Very few people want to ban guns/abortion outright.  Most people believe in some restrictions they see as common sense.  There is a very strong lobby against any restrictions.

  •  Is the inverse true about the DNC? (1+ / 0-)
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    Does the Democratic Party want a narrow ruling, so they can fundraise and rail against the GOP luddites who won't allow marriage equality?  

    It wasn't that long ago that it seemed this was true, where the DNC was quick to ask for a buck but never acted.  I'm still surprised that NOONE on Tuesday's oral arguments, NO ONE, said, "YES.  YES. This is a right that every American should have, across ALL 50 states.  Just like Loving.   Don't be a coward; you know it's true,  SO DO IT."

    Even now, only 47 Democratic Senators support marriage equality.  When can we get our own party on board this ride?   (In that regard, Obama has restored my faith.  The DOJ argued for the removal of DOMA and Prop 8, which was amazing in and of itself).

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 10:01:51 AM PDT

  •  one issue among many where the gop stinks... (0+ / 0-)

    no outcome is really gonna help these bastards at the ballot box..."republican" is rapidly deteriorating as a national brand

    Howard Fineman needs to have a chat with Chris Cilizza about Grecian Formula and its effects on punditry

    by memofromturner on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 11:23:29 AM PDT

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