Saturday, November 10, 2012

The L-Word Reappears

David Edwards at Raw Story tells us about Ari Fleischer's assessment of the election. "Watch-What-You-Say" Ari, who was GeeDubya's press secretary for a time, in essence says Republicans are going to have to work on appealing to Hispanic voters, because they're never going to do anything to gain support from LGBTQs and women. Yes, women. The Republican Party, according to Speech-Squelching Ari, is writing off women:
After a stinging election night defeat, President George W. Bush’s former White House secretary still says that the Republican Party will never support LGBT rights and reproductive rights for women.

“The big issue that Republicans are going to have to wrestle with is the Hispanic issue,” Ari Fleischer explained after President Barack Obama’s defeat of GOP hopeful Mitt Romney made it clear that the country was more liberal than he had expected.

“It’s not the social issues,” he insisted. “You’re not going to make the party pro-choice and pro-gay rights and think you’ve made the Republican party the party that’s the popular party. We have a party like that. It’s the Democratic Party.”

“But the Republican Party used to be against abortion,” CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin noted. “In the past year, they have become identified with opposition to contraception. That is, you know, moving backwards at a pace that is astonishing and politically disastrous.”

Thank you, Ari Fleischer. If anyone on my side of the field had said any of the things that you said, the right-wing noise machine would have howled in outrage. But really... when YOU say the GOP has screwed the pooch, largely because they will never try to appeal to Latinos, gays and women, who will contradict that?

But the most heartening thing I noted was not Ari's public proclamation of GOP suicidal tendencies, but David Edwards's use of that word. I've seen it several times, in positive contexts, in the past two days in a variety of columns.

What word?

The L-word.


It's a word that seemed to have been banished from public discourse from the days in which George H.W. Bush used it as a pejorative until this week... approximately 24 years.

It's going to take me a while to reorient myself. I grew accustomed to living in the political wilderness...

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