Yesterday, after Senate Democrats failed yet again to force surrender in Iraq…. Senate Majority Leader, and Baby-In-Chief, Harry Reid took his toys and went home: He pulled the Defense Authorization Bill entirely. So in one fell swoop, Reid put the truth to the lie that Congressional Democrats “support the troops”. He is now using the troops as a pawn in his attempt to force President Bush and General Petraeus to surrender to Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Shameful.
What has gone mostly unnoticed, however, is that there are other key provisions in the Defense Authorization Bill. One of those provisions was (allegedly) a key component of the Democrats’ agenda (again, allegedly): a Hate Crimes amendment.
But Patrick Sammon, president of Log Cabin Republicans, a national gay group, accused Senate Democrats of holding the hate crimes bill “hostage” to what he called their doomed attempt to force President Bush to change his policies on the war.
“The bottom line is the Democrats don’t have the votes to pass their Iraq amendments,” Sammon said. “Even if they did, everyone knows the president would veto the bill.”
Great point. If hate crimes legislation is soooooooooooo important to the Democrats… why was this, of all legislative vehicles, the one they chose to focus the amendment towards.
The usual Gay Borg lackeys chimed in, of course, with their expected defense of their political masters.
“The Senate obviously devoted all of its attention to the Iraq war,” said Brad Luna, spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the national gay advocacy group coordinating lobbying efforts for the hate crimes bill. “This had nothing to do with the hate crimes bill.”
John Marble, spokesperson for National Stonewall Democrats, a gay Democratic group, accused Log Cabin of attempting to deflect attention from what he called the Republican Party’s poor record on gay rights.
“The Republicans delivered virtually nothing on GLBT issues while they controlled Congress for more than a decade,” Marble said. “Log Cabin should spend more time securing additional votes for the hate crimes bill rather than making up charges about the Democrats.”
A reminder to Mr. Marble…. Democrats controlled the US House for 40 years before 1995, and the Senate many times throughout. The only major gay rights legislation or mandate to come from the Democrats when they had the chance in power: Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Great record, eh?