David Kirkpatrick

April 18, 2009

Schmidt warns GOP theocrats

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:35 pm

Making a point obvious to everyone outside of far right theocrats, McCain’s top campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, warns the Republican Party of the dangers of becoming a “religious party.” Above and beyond every other metric, the GOP is losing the 18-25 vote by historic proportions. This does not bode well for near term elections, and possibly ongoing if the GOP doesn’t make a few concessions to modern secular culture.

From the link:

John McCain’s top adviser from the presidential campaign urged fellow Republicans on Friday to warm up to gay rights and warned that the GOP risks becoming the “religious party” with its opposition to same-sex marriage. 

Steve Schmidt, in his first political appearance since the election, spoke at the Washington, D.C., convention for the Log Cabin Republicans — a grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans. 

He urged Republicans, in the near-term, to endorse civil unions and stop using the Bible as rationale for gay-marriage opposition. 

“If you put public policy issues to a religious test, you risk becoming a religious party,” he said. “And in a free country a political party cannot be viable in the long-term if it is seen as a sectarian party.” 

Schmidt, whose sister is a lesbian and who supports same-sex marriage, said he understands the Republican Party probably won’t reverse its resistance to same-sex marriage anytime soon. 

But he suggested that the party will be increasingly marginalized if it sustains that opposition long-term. 

April 5, 2009

Dreher v. gay marriage

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:21 am

Rod Dreher crawled out on his worm-eaten plank of theocratic social conservatism to opine on the topic of gay marriage and had his panicked fear of those homosexuals wanting to share in recognition of their committed love shown to be … well, shown to be just what it is. Homophobia coupled with hysterics.

After some bloggy exchanges here’s Rod (the apparent rod-fearer) with his weak sauce response:

Andrew Sullivan is still banging on about my “panic” over homosexuality, and his colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates likens me to a segregationist. Never mind that being accused of “panic” by Andrew is like being called a sot by Amy Winehouse, what I find so instructive about this exchange is how many on the left reflexively treat conservative objections to, and critical questions about, same-sex marriage: they describe conservatives as emotionally unhinged and bigoted.

And his theocratic beliefs force him to see this issue in terms of conservative or liberal. Nope. That’s only for those who choose to base legislation on the dogma of their particular religion. Sounds a lot like those medievals over in the Mideast, huh?

And placing Sullivan on the left? Er, yeah.