Sunday, March 8, 2009

Last week in Review: Limbaugh-mania and Gay Marriage

There were a lot of things that happened last week, but here are two that I thought were worth noting...

Rush Limbaugh continued to dominate the headlines, especially since Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, apologized for calling him an "entertainer" and not a leader in the conservative movement/Republican Party. Some Republicans blamed Rahm Emanuel for using the continuing story of Republicans bowing to Rush to his advantage when he mentioned it on Face the Nation last weekend. In My Opinion, if Republicans are going to be critical of Democratic leaders bringing this up, they should grow a spine and stand up to Rush.

Proposition 8 was brought up again in California's State Supreme Court, where the justices heard arguments from those who opposed the measure to ban gay marriage. The main argument? That voter-driven referenda doesn't always respect basic rights of California citizens -- for example, a ballot initiative could very well be brought up regarding free speech rights, and were it not for federal protections, a majority vote could remove it. In My Opinion, the opposition has a strong point -- which is why I don't support voter initiatives, even the one in Wisconsin (which is a bit different, but essentially the same process).

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