With all else in shambles, will it work one more time? Can George Bush mine a vein of homophobia deep enough to turn his political trainwreck around? He starts today with his natonal radio address, a runup to a vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages (which, as you know, is sweeping the country like wildlife, imperiling millions in its path).
LA Times indicates that the religious base of the GOP think the move, including a planned White House event Monday, is a political stunt since the amendment isn't likely to pass the Senate.
The campaign against gay marriage is scheduled to get the full White House treatment on Monday — words from President Bush in front of assembled VIPs and a bank of television cameras.
Such a carefully staged production aims to confer the grandeur of the office on the push for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. But even before administration officials announced the event, some invitees denounced it as a sham.
"I'm going to go and hear what he says, but we already know it is a ruse," said Joe Glover, president of the Family Policy Network, which opposes gay marriage. "We're not buying it. We're going to go and watch the dog-and-pony show, [but] it's too little, too late."
Such comments have raised the prospect that the debate over gay marriage — designed to galvanize one of Bush's most important constituencies, social conservatives — could instead exacerbate the president's political headaches.