a bird and a bottle

An Odd Choice Of Words
February 25, 2007, 10:10 am
Filed under: frivolity, news, politics, reproductive justice

More interesting stuff from the Times. One of today’s cover articles is about the religious right’s search for its 2008 dream candidate.

With Bush’s departure, the radical religious right faces relegation “to the margins,” unless they can find a GOP presidential nominee who will champion their causes. They don’t like McCain because he has called them “agents of intolerance” (this of course before he started pandering). They don’t like Giuliani because, though he tries to hide it, he has long supported abortion rights. And Mitt Romney, though he calls himself reformed, was an early supporter if gay rights. And the others, who are more natural partners for the radical right (Huckabee, Brownback) are virtual unknowns except to wonky people. Like me.

And then there’s the divide within the party — religious conservatives versus fiscal conservatives. Those neocons have learned their lesson with Bush — Republican doesn’t necessarily mean fiscally conservative. And this is where the odd choice of words comes in. In order to curry favor with Grover Norquist and the other neocons, Huckabee is considering signing a pledge not to raise taxes. Norquist’s response?

He argued that with the right promises, any of the four could redeem themselves in the eyes of the conservative movement despite their past records, just as some high school students take abstinence pledges even after having had sex.

“It’s called secondary virginity,” he said. “It is a big movement in high school and also available for politicians.”

Born again Christian, meet Born Again hymen.


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right, cause if you fuck up – whether it’s spending billions of dollars on nation building (which you said you wouldn’t do) or screwing a call boy while high on meth – all you gotta do is praise jesus and start making empty promises all over again.

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