Archive for November, 2008

H8, National and Local SSM

To hear three excited and nattering lefties, catch the podcast on the post-Obama election, post-Prop. 8 future of marriage equality.

We launches from a discussion of a panel of anti-marriage equality types held yesterday at a lent room at Suffolk Law School downtown. Commentary on that is here and here.

There, five of the if not leading lights at least loudmouths opposing SSM and denying that it is even a civil-rights issue were at the table and holding forth. They used pretty predictable and unprovable arguments for their wanting to hamper and harm SS couples.  They were also pretty gleeful about the passage of Prop. 8 overturning SSM in California.

We talk about their positions and what we see coming up. Ryan was particularly strong in expecting the energy shown in recent protests against the vote to translate into positive changes. A lot of complacent lefties are angry, both at those who voted for Prop. 8 and the organizers who did not do enough to defeat it. It’s time for a new model for advancing GLBT and SSM rights and he figures this is a good catalyst.

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Mass GOP Mess

Loud, incessant and dolorous is the keening. The Massachusetts Republican Party dominated the commonwealth for most of the post-Civil War. Yet, it has an all-time low percentage of elected officials at the state and national levels.

We kicked around:

  • How they got to this state of the state
  • What they might do other than complain
  • How accurate the one-party description is here
  • The role that Democrats in Name Only (DINOs) play
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Election Blather

The usual trio of suspects were all up late and long. We ended up concentrating mostly on California’s Proposition 8 stopping same-sex marriage there. It likely will change the thousands of SSMs to domestic partnerships or something similar.

We analyzed the 52%-48% loss and why, and what can be done to correct it.

We hit specific races — President, Senate and local, as well as our three ballot initiatives. Then, maybe because we were all up last night, euphoric over the Obama victory, we went on and on, ending up with casinos again.

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Poddy to Wednesday This Week

shovelling.jpgWe’re working the polls in our respective holes on Tuesday. If you haven’t OD’ed on punditry by the next afternoon, check up here or catch the post-election blather live here at 2:30.

Locally we’ll look at how many die-hard Wilkerson supporters wrote her in, how big John Kerry’s margin is, and how our three ballot initiatives fared. And they are huge this year — eliminate personal income taxes, decriminalize under an ounce of pot, and ban dog racing.

Among other other concerns are the marriage vote [Proposition 8] in California and that certain Presidential context. We’ll give our take on what the outcome of each will mean for our kind of goals and politics.