by Max Brantley
Brummett blogs an overlooked change of circumstance in which U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, after taking the financially punishing route of passing up a federal pension for several years, enrolled on account of a change in his family situation.
Question of interest: Who pointed Brummett in the direction of Snyder's change of circumstance? Republican oppo researchers, perhaps? Nothing wrong with that, of course. It would just be of interest as a sign of vigorous Republican preparatory work to offer opposition to Snyder in 2010. A certain senator from Conway is interested in the seat, some say.
UPDATE: John sent me a note -- its receipt interrupted by a three-hour dinner hour in Brussels. He said Gilbert Baker didn't tip him on the Snyder pension. "Months ago," he wrote, "a friend of Snyder's laughingly told me about it and I filed it in the back of my mind and it percolate back just the other day. That's all."
Also today, better later than never, Brunmett works up some outrage about the consequences of Act 1.
I don't know of a newspaper in Arkansas that supported Act 1, but the editorials and commentary were generally sparse and muted. Act 1 was just mostly discrimination against gay people, after all, and that's a bigotry that still doesn't rise to the level of concern that other oppression engenders. See Rick Warren, who equates gay marriage to incestuous and child molesting relationships with scarcely a bother from the enlightened, including the new president.
Yes, as opponents said all along, Act 1 has real consequences for real children and real adults, gay and straight. Legislators with guts would propose a repeal and call the roll.