Rachel Maddow offered up what might be the understatement of the political year recently. She stated on her show that “In Republican world, it is a very different world than the rest of us are living, when it comes to The Gay.”
Whether or not you like Maddow’s politics, the reality is that she is correct with regards to the GOP’s views on homosexuality. For instance, a recent poll showed that 57% of Americans supported legalizing same-sex marriage while only 40% opposed it.
Of course, the fact that the GOP is more concerned with keeping up with the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s positions on homosexuality means that they really aren’t paying attention to what the bulk of the American people want.
Part of the reason why Dr. Maddow’s statement is an understatement is that, thanks to the efforts of Karl Rove and Roger Ailes, the Republican Party has effectively cut themselves off from the American people. Thanks to Rove, their House districts are so gerrymandered that they have been handed a majority in the House comprised of a minority of American thought on issues, and thanks to Ailes, they have been handed a propaganda machine that spews at them what they want to believe.
They have created the perfect echo chamber, and there is no way out. They honestly believe that the majority of Americans want homosexuality to be illegal and for the government to slash the budget even if it means destroying the economy.
Dr. Maddow notes that the GOP is about to be tested sometime in the next two weeks. She says in the following clip that “Republican politicians are about to lose the luxury of only talking about gay rights in front of anti-gay audiences like the Faith and Freedom Coalition, or avoiding the question altogether because they don’t want to be quoted about it because their Republican position on the subject is so unpopular.”
Democrats in more conservative states have embraced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) while Republicans like Marco Rubio and Ron Johnson are running away from it as quickly as possible. Why? Because they have been conditioned to believe that the nation opposes LGBT rights, and that Ralph Reed’s Christian Coalition 2.0 is going to win them the White House.
Maddow noted that even Ron Portman isn’t supporting ENDA. She said “So he is okay for marriage rights for his son, but not for nondiscrimination? ‘I’m okay with you being forced out of your job, son, because of you who are, I just don’t want you to go through it alone? If you’re married, you can both be fired for being gay, together!’ How does that make sense?”
She went on to say “Nobody who has any real prospects of being a national leader in Republican politics in the next few years has anything other than a 100% anti-gay policy position on something like nondiscrimination. That is apparently still a requirement if you are a Republican and you want to hold higher national office.”
She also said “After these rulings come out, this is going to be the biggest news in the country. They’re going to have to talk to the rest of the country, too, increasingly not only against them on these issues but bewildered by them and their positions on these issues.”
The thing is, the GOP doesn’t want to talk about it. They want it to go away. Unfortunately for them, it won’t.