One of Big Left’s attacks against Tom Emmer in this election is that he’s “anti-gay”. It drove the most egregious tempest in this election’s teapot – the mass PR mau-mauing of the relentlessly-“Diversity”-hugging Target Corporation on behalf of Big Gay for donating money to “MN Forward”, a PAC that promotes pelting gays with rocks and garbage.
No, no, no. I’m a kidder. I kid. MN Forward was a purely pro-business PAC, supported by businesses alarmed at Mark Dayton and Tom Horner’s anti-business policies. But you’d never have known that from the hype surrounding the incident. (And comparing stock prices with other major retailers, you’d never know there was an incident. I did call it a tempest in a teapot for a reason).
The case for Emmer being “anti-gay” is based around two pieces of “evidence”:
- He supported, along with a wide swath of legislative Republicans, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a dude and a chick.
- He voted against a bill that would have banned bullying. Really. It purported to enjoin all “forms of harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical characteristics, and association with anyone with one or more of these characteristics”
As to the former? Most Minnesotans oppose same-sex marriage. Most Minnesotans oppose allowing courts to mandate its legalization. The way to jump ahead of the courts is to enact valid, sound law which, in theory, the court has no legislative authority to overturn. That’s how separation of powers works, even when it’s inconvenient to your beliefs.
The latter? It’s a stupid law that, as written, would have made bullying against Black or Zoroastrian or Buddhist or female or blind or poor or gay or transgendered or elderly or amputee-Minnesotans really really double-dog bad , as opposed to the merely single-dog bad act of bullying, say, a white, straight able-bodied straight 19-year-old Methodist boy.
It’s just plain bad law. Of course, it was never intended as law. It was introduced so that conservatives could vote against it, thereby to give lefties a cite when they bellow “TOM EMMER WANTS GAY KIDS TO GET KILLED” on their cowardly, illiterate, lobotomized little blogs.
But let’s cut the crap. Who do you think is more anti-gay? Is it:
- Tom Emmer – regular guy, who reflects the point of view of the vast majority of Minnesotans, but freely admits that the focus of his governorship is jobs, the economy, jobs, the economy, and more jobs and the economy some more? Or is it…
- Barack Obama, who, like Paul Wellstone before him, actively courted the gay vote in the most cynical terms, and then supported the Defense of Marriage Act, which is no further to the left of the MN House GOP Caucus in point of fact? Or is it…
- The vast majority of black and latino voters, who vote Democrat but oppose gay marriage much, much more vocally than even conservative Republicans?
I love asking this question of liberals in face to face discussion.
You can practically see the gears stripping in their heads as they try to process a conundrum that can not be processed via any means short of stuffing logic down the garbage disposal.