Sunday, May 3, 2009

the new coke republican

in an attempt to re-brand coca-cola their party, some old white guys got together over the weekend to launch a forum to discuss new ways for the republicans to say no.

okay, they weren't all old.

they call themselves the national council for a new america, and aside from the fact that most of the country voted for a new america last november and got it on january 20, 2009, these guys deserve at least some credit: outside of picking a name that sounds like they should be wearing long, flowy capes and bright red tights, at least they're trying something new.

or not.

on sunday, team america super friends national council members mitt romney and lil' eric cantor talked to cnn's john king about kryptonite gay marriage and proved that when it comes to those new things, it's the same old-same old.

lil' eric:

"I believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. It's been that way thousands of years. And I believe that most of the American people, by far, apply or adhere to that principle. So I would continue to support the ability for us to say that's what a marriage means in America."

so eric. when it comes to "most of the american people" adhering to that "principle"...well, an april 30th abc news/washington post poll says guess again einstein:

"49 percent (of respondents) support (gay marriage), vs. 46 percent oppose – the first time in ABC/Post polls that supporters have outnumbered opponents.

More than half, moreover – 53 percent – say a gay marriage held legally in another state should be recognized as legal in their own state.

The surprise is that the shift has occurred across ideological groups. While conservatives are least apt to favor gay marriage, they’ve gone from 10 percent support in 2004 to 19 percent in 2006 and 30 percent now – overall a 20-point, threefold increase, alongside a 13-point gain among liberals and 14 points among moderates."

if you follow polls – and you know lil' eric does – 30 percent of the folks he's talking about do not agree with him. yet, he seems to have no interest in reaching out to them, or even admitting they exist.

surprisingly, it was mitt romney who seemed to throw out a new idea for the republicans:

"You really can't have different marriage provisions in different states and then expect people to be able to move around the nation and have different rights in different states. Marriage is a matter of national consequence. It's a -- it's a status. It's not an activity. And as a result, there should be a national standard."

lest we think anyone on the right has had a come-to-jesus moment about the gays, romney then added:

"And my own view is that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman."

yeah. new coke didn't taste very good either.

1 comment:

  1. I've been reading a great book called The Trivium, which is about logic, grammar, and rhetoric. I recommend a study in rhetoric to open your eyes to a whole new world of lies, deception, and venality as practiced by rightists.

    'Lil Eric, who quickly becoming my favorite punching bag is basically saying that his view of marriage is correct because the majority of people say it is and this is the way it has been for thousands of years.

    Kinda like slavery, eh Eric?

    "Argumentum ad populum" is the number one tactic used by the rightists to argue against gay marriage and it needs to be pointed out that this is classic fallacy. Insert your favorite phallus entendre here.


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