I guess this leaves only one "fair and balanced" channel to watch!Meanwhile , I can't believe how desperate the right is becoming-if this keeps up, by the 2010 elections they will be probably be backing the Rainbow Coaltion and Planned Parenthood:Top G.O.P. Consultant Endorses Gay MarriageBy Katharine Q. SeelyeIf Steve Schmidt is for same-sex marriage, can Senate Republicans be far behind?Well, yes. We don’t expect establishment Republicans in Washington — or establishment Democrats, for that matter — to suddenly endorse gay marriage. But in a possible sign of the momentum of the gay-marriage movement, Mr. Schmidt, who was a senior adviser to the Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain, last year, is promoting gay marriage this afternoon.He endorsed same-sex marriage last month, in an interview with the Washington Blade.Today, Mr. Schmidt, who also served as a top Bush aide, discusses the subject with the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that supports gay rights. According to CNN, he will call on conservative Republicans to drop their opposition at a lunchtime speech in Washington.Mr. Schmidt, who has a sister who is a lesbian, plans to say that there is nothing about gay marriage that is un-American or that threatens the rights of others and that in fact it is in line with conservative principles.“There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage,” Mr. Schmidt plans to say, according to speech excerpts obtained by CNN. “I believe conservatives, more than liberals, insist that rights come with responsibilities. No other exercise of one’s liberty comes with greater responsibilities than marriage.’”His remarks come in the midst of a flurry of legislative and judicial activity advancing gay marriage in various states. In the last two weeks, Iowa and Vermont have approved same-sex marriage, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts. The movement appears to be picking up steam in other states too, including New York, where Gov. David Paterson introduced a bill on Thursday to legalize gay marriage.In his interview with The Blade, Mr. Schmidt said he voted against California’s Proposition 8, which ended same-sex marriage in that state. Mr. McCain supported the measure and has opposed gay marriage.But Mr. Schmidt, who said he has never agreed “100 percent” with any candidate for whom he has worked, is undeterred.“I’m personally supportive of equality for gay couples and I believe that it will happen over time,” he told The Blade. “I think that more and more Americans are insistent that, at a minimum, gay couples should be treated with respect and when they see a political party trying to stigmatize a group of people who are hard-working, who play by the rules, who raise decent families, they’re troubled by it.”He said that his views had been shaped by the presence of a gay person in his family. He did not disclose his sister’s identity but said she accepted her sexual orientation.“I think one of the most tragic things in the world [is] when people are closeted and are denied their sexuality and this incredibly important part of their lives and the destructive potential of that action,” Mr. Schmidt told The Blade. “And I’ve come to believe over time that, as Dick Cheney said, freedom for everybody means freedom for everybody.”Mr. Cheney has a lesbian daughter.It would be a watershed moment in American politics if other Republicans began supporting gay marriage, just as it would be if President Obama joined some of his fellow Democrats and got on board.In last year’s presidential campaign, Mr. Obama said he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman, but he also said he opposed a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage.“Historically we have not defined marriage in our constitution,” Mr. Obama said in August at a forum at the Saddleback Church with Mr. McCain. “It has been a matter of state law. That’s been our tradition.”He did say he supported civil unions. “I don’t think in any way this affects my core beliefs about what marriage is,” Mr. Obama said. “My faith is strong enough and my marriage is strong enough that I can afford those civil rights to others.”
I've never heard of Steve Schmidt and don't care what he believes as far as same sex marriage is concerned. But you are correct. The right is becoming desperate - desperate to save this country from socialism and Obama's misguided leadership.
I finally got around to watching this. What an indictmnt on what journalism has become. The personal views of the CNN "reporter" (A better term would be an op-ed writer)were more important to her than the actual story.
I agree with Mike-the Fox news reporters that were conveniently scattered all over the country did a much better job of covering up the fact that they were not only covering the news but trying to make it. Even Neal Cavuto got caught up in the moment when he was advised off air(open mike) that the crowd he was covering "might" be almost 5000, and then he goes live and states that 5000 were "expected" but it appears to be at least two or three times that number!!
Steve Schmidt was the senior campaign advisor and strategist for the McCain 2008 campaign-but since McCain is not considered a true Republican by the far right, I would suspect most would not have heard of him, but they do know Sarah palin can see Russia from her house!
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