Saturday November 01, 2014
October 16th, 2014
By deciding not to decide, the Supreme Court may have decided: If history is a guide, same-sex marriage will soon be the law of the land.
I'm sure there are many technical explanations for the recent breakdowns in Secret Service protection that allowed an armed intruder to run right through the front door of the White House and an armed felon to ride on an elevator with President Barack Obama. But I'd also put some blame on the nation's political class.
I was hungry and between flights at Atlanta's airport, "the world's busiest." So I wandered the corridor looking for a clean place to sit and eat something not dripping in grease.
There was no such place in Terminal D. The "restaurants" were crowded bars with few seats, soiled tabletops and junk-food menus. I did, however, find a Wolfgang Puck kiosk, at which I bought a quinoa and baby kale salad.
Michelle Nunn, the Democratic Senate candidate, stated her case cogently in Columbus, Georgia, last week: If elected, she vowed to "change Washington in a collaborative way."
For two decades, right up until the day they fled Virginia nine years ago, the women hid their love from a wider world they'd always found so hostile and homophobic.
Conservative religious groups and a handful of Republican lawmakers decried the Supreme Court's decision Monday to allow same-sex marriage rulings stand in five states, saying it will help motivate voters to the polls in protest.
Even if Republicans take the Senate this year, gaining control of both houses of Congress, they won't gain much in conventional terms: They're already able to block legislation, and they still won't be able to pass anything over the president's veto. One thing they will be able to do, however, is impose their will on the Congressional Budget Office, heretofore a nonpartisan referee on policy proposals.
As Ken Burns' superb documentary on the Roosevelts reminded us, "Happy Days Are Here Again" is one of the most evocative anthems in the history of the Democratic Party. You have to ask: Why aren't the Democrats, and the country, singing it loudly now?
Let's hope Secret Service snafus don't spark even more attackers -- or maybe I'm being paranoid.
There's a lot of paranoia going around these days, as the Secret Service slips from its former position of glory to its new status of being unfavorably compared to the Keystone Kops.