Thursday, February 4, 2010
Don't Worry Utah, Sen. Hatch Does Hate Gay People After All!
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell earlier today that he “believe[d] there are very outstanding, patriotic gay people who serve in the military. … And they shouldn’t have to lie about being gay.” When asked if he would support of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (aka Lie Your Ass Off To Die For Your Country), he said he "didn't know about that." Not exactly waving a rainbow flag, but pretty middle-of-the-road for the conservative Mormon Republican. This obviously made news.
Clearly afraid that his conservative Mormon constituents might think he does not H8 gay people, he quickly amended his previous position, stating "It’s deeply regrettable that liberal groups are misconstruing my position on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ for activist purposes. I certainly do not support repealing this policy.”
Whew! Close call, there Orrin! Your gay-H8ing constituents might have had to find a more conservative alternative to you the next time your dynasty in the Senate is up for review. (Of course, being Utah, it won't be Tea Baggers, 'cause Mormons aren't permitted to consume that evil drink.)
In all seriousness, it's too bad Orrin couldn't be the leader he seemed to instinctively want to be. He sounded like a reasonable guy there for a few minutes. Then the GOP Nope police pulled him over and most assuredly beat him into political submission. Orrin, Teddy would be ashamed of you.
Is there not a single leader in the GOP? Not one? No one who's willing to do what even he or she thinks is best for the country? It's sad to see the Party of Lincoln has degenerated to this - mindless automatons who hold onto the Nope rope in order to obstruct governing.
I have a couple of questions for you, GOP. If you do get some power, who is going to lead you? And what if you reap what you sow and the Dems become the party of Nope? What will you do then?
Don't worry your empty little heads about it right now. It's not like your party to have an exit strategy anyway. Fiddle-Dee-Dee. Worry about that tomorrow. For now, take comfort in the fact that your party is still the party of Nope - and H8.