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Frank Rich on the Cultural Shift Forward on Gay Rights

Another excellent column from Frank Rich from this Sunday's New York Times:

Rich "Obama has long been, as he says, a fierce advocate for gay equality. The Windy City Times has reported that he initially endorsed legalizing same-sex marriage when running for the Illinois State Senate in 1996. The most common rationale for his current passivity is that his plate is too full. But the president has so far shown an impressive inclination both to multitask and to argue passionately for bedrock American principles when he wants to. Relegating fundamental constitutional rights to the bottom of the pile until some to-be-determined future seems like a shell game."

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If you missed our recent interview with Frank Rich, I've re-posted it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I love this man.

    Posted by: ichabod | May 26, 2009 10:22:32 AM

  2. Frank Rich is a tireless champion for gay people. He is a true advocate for equal rights and is unmatched by his straight peers in his support for equal rights for all. Bravo Frank!

    Posted by: Nick | May 26, 2009 10:28:09 AM

  3. That sound you hear is the approaching army of Obazombies who will grunt and groan their outrage and outlandish excuses for why their fierce lion has turned into a mute lamb.

    The Sally Field Excuse: But he loves us, he really loves us.

    The Nixon Excuse: He has a secret plan to set us free.

    The Hillary Excuse: Sure, he's broken all his promises to gays but you're just saying that because he's not Hillary.

    The Hillary Excuse 2: All those Clintonites he hired won't let him do anything to keep his promises.

    The Bad Word Choice Excuse: "Fierce"? Did he say "fierce"? Let me get back to you on that. "It will start when I take office." He meant "in his second term." Simple mistake.

    The Bottom Up Excuse: We have to do it for ourselves. Sure he's the most powerful man in the world, but somebody made him [Hillary?] make all those promises about being a leader on gay equality. [Also known as the Bend Over & Take It Excuse.]

    The He's Too Busy Excuse: You don't get how important to our national security and advancing equality overseeing an Easter Egg Hunt on the White House lawn is. You don't get how hard it is to lead a pack of trained dogs er reporters to a greasy spoon outside of town and turn an hour of cheeseburgers into another YouTube masturbation fest. You don't get how much work went into giving Stevie Wonder an award. Or how important it was for the President to call a radio show to defend his NCAA basketball Final Four picks.

    The Excuse Excuse: We haven't thought of it yet. Can we get back to you?

    10, 9, 8, 7, 6.....

    Posted by: Leland Frances | May 26, 2009 11:07:38 AM

  4. Blah, blah, blah, Leland Frances.

    Posted by: Peter | May 26, 2009 11:33:40 AM

  5. Thanks, Peter, for reminding me:

    I forgot the Shoot the Messenger Excuse.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | May 26, 2009 12:08:22 PM

  6. RE: "Shoot the Messenger Excuse". What you don't get is that a lot of people are delivering a similar message and no one is looking to "shoot" them. Probably it's because they argue their points without being insufferable, nasty, or obnoxious.

    Posted by: Kugel | May 26, 2009 12:28:53 PM

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