Skip to comments.Claire McCaskill: Oh, by the way, Iím pro-gay marriage now (Thank you Missouri)
Posted on 03/25/2013 1:46:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Must we really endure the charade of one congressional Democrat after another grandstanding about their phony "evolutions" on gay marriage? No one on either side honestly believes McCaskill suddenly changed her mind on this issue between election day last year, when she defeated Todd Akin, and today. Like her pal Barack, her stance on SSM shifted at some point in the fairly distant past but she kept her mouth shut about it lest it jeopardize her precious Senate seat. At least The One came clean about his beliefs before he faced the voters a second time (thanks in part to inadvertent pressure from Joe Biden). McCaskill lied and lied all the way through, and only now that she doesn't have to face her reddish state's voters again for six years has she summoned the courage to speak up. You're a real hero, Claire.
Modest proposal: Rather than let these cynical careerists reveal their politically calculated awakenings about gay marriage individually, so that they can enjoy their own special day of bouquets from the left, maybe the DNC could issue a statement declaring that all Democrats in Congress are pro-SSM unless they indicate otherwise. That’ll save political media a lot of time, and it’ll also have the advantage of letting red-state Dems who are up for reelection impress the locals back home by standing up in opposition. Imagine how dazzled, say, Arkansas voters would be if Mark Pryor dissented from the new party line in favor of traditional marriage. And how disappointed they’ll be when he “changes his mind” the day after election day 2014.
The question of marriage equality is a great American debate. Many people, some with strong religious faith, believe that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman. Other people, many of whom also have strong religious faith, believe that our country should not limit the commitment of marriage to some, but rather all Americans, gay and straight should be allowed to fully participate in the most basic of family values.
I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry.
My views on this subject have changed over time, but as many of my gay and lesbian friends, colleagues and staff embrace long term committed relationships, I find myself unable to look them in the eye without honestly confronting this uncomfortable inequality. Supporting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is simply the right thing to do for our country, a country founded on the principals of liberty and equality.
Good people disagree with me. On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children.
Obama announced his own phony “evolution” on SSM just 11 months ago. Here’s what Claire McCaskill, profile in courage, said to one Missouri newspaper at the time:
Claire recognizes this is a very personal issue for many Missourians, John LaBombard, her spokesman, said in an email to the News-Leader.
LaBombard said McCaskill is opposed to discriminating against gays and lesbians. But she believes that states should take the lead in determining marriage equality.
The state of Missouris position on this issue has been clearly established since 2004 and nothing about todays announcement changes that, he said.
You would think she’d at least offer a fig leaf of reasoned deliberation, e.g., that she was wary about how SSM might play out in practice but now that she’s seen no ill effects in states like New York where it’s legal, she’s reassured. But no. Rob Portman, who took a much bigger political risk than McCaskill by endorsing gay marriage last week, drew mostly sneers from the left over the fact that he didn’t switch his position until the issue was brought home to him by his own son’s sexuality. Yet here’s one of their own claiming that the reason she flipped is because she couldn’t look her gay friends in the eye anymore as a purported opponent of SSM, and she’ll skate. There’s your daily reminder that the reason so many Democrats engage in this charade about “evolving views” rather than take a stand and state their beliefs forthrightly is because their pro-gay-rights base happily indulges the lying in the name of winning elections.
Here’s your exit question, and for once it’s not rhetorical: Is there any Democrat in Congress who’s re-affirmed his opposition to gay marriage in, say, the past four months and who’s not up for reelection in 2014? I can’t think of anyone offhand but maybe Bob Casey or one of the other few social cons in the caucus has. There’s no reason to treat pro-gay marriage declarations by prominent liberals as news anymore. It’s party-line orthodoxy; announcing that you subscribe to it means little more than that you don’t want progressives in your state to primary you when your seat comes up again.
Todd Akin defeated himself......lots of lessons there.
All the people who just couldn;t vote for a Mormon that wasn’t 100% conservative, so they didn’t show up at the polls, or the people that thought Akin was a MORON, which he isn’t, well, you get crap like this!! RUINATION of a NATION right before our eyes.
The operative word for Politicians today is “evolution”. You can lie to your teeth before the elections and then after you win, you can conveniently “evolve” your opinions.
The larger concern should be about Republicans that have recently spoken out in favor of gay marriage.
RE: RUINATION of a NATION right before our eyes.
It’s looking like Missouri prefers an abortion and gay marriage supporting Senator to a pro-life, traditional marriage supporting one.
RE: The larger concern should be about Republicans that have recently spoken out in favor of gay marriage.
I know of only one thus far -— Rob Portman. Not even sure of Dick Cheney supports it.
Even an inapt senator is better than an evil one. Too bad the RNC cut his funding.
People should have got behind Todd after he would not step aside so we could have got rid of her. That should had been the goal. He maybe odd but he's much better than her and his voting record looks good. He did not wavier like some do. We keep hurting ourselves in long term because of the feelings impact and a person has to be pristine. Imo.
“Is some form of legalized gay marriage inevitable in the United States?”
“Well, I think that freedom means freedom for everyone. As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something that, uh, we have lived with for a long time, in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute that governs this, I don’t support. I do believe that historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue, and I think that’s the way it ought to be handled today, that is on a state-by-state basis. Different states will make different decisions. But I don’t have any problem with that. I think people ought to get a shot at that.”
They should just come out and say “I hate children”
that’s the real root of it all.
This is what big mouthed ‘moral’ crackpots get you, saying stupid stuff electing Dems
That hog now discovers her belief ‘marriage quality’
This is why we have her. Right here, it is.
Gop cut funding as well. He would be better than her. Hello.
EXACTLY! It wasn’t just the low-info voters who have brought us to the edge; it was and is also the high-information nitwits who abstain or vote for democrats based on their rigid and narrow personal beliefs about a candidate who ensure democrat victory. The morons are the ones who do not do everything possible to keep democrats out of office because they think “they’re all the same”. THEY’RE NOT ALL THE SAME! They’re democrats, they all LIE! They spread lies about their opponents and the morons suck it in and throw the election to the lying fascist democrats. This is not a perfect world with perfect candidates on our side. Make use of what we have at the moment to keep the democrats on the outside or take your personal part of the responsibility for keeping them in power.
“Todd Akin defeated himself......lots of lessons there.”
No kidding! In addition, he was McCaskell’s “handpicked” opponent! We should not have lost that seat. She was on the ropes! Either of the other candidates would have whipped her ass. Now we have her for six more years. Just a damned shame! Ditto for Mourdock!
We always thought Missouri people were stupid and every day this one is in office proves that to be absolutely correct.
No amount of funding could have saved him. Todd Akin's political future was as dead as a doornail the minute he opened his mouth.
Todd Akin defeated himself......lots of lessons there.
Indeed there are. Never say anything that could possibly be construed as insensitive to women or minorities. Always assume that someone has a cell phone camera pointed at you, and that person has an MSNBC producer on speed dial. Akin could have won that race very easily. Mourdock also could have won his own Senate race in Indiana, and Romney could have beaten Obama.
All of them beat themselves by saying something stupid.
See above post.