Thursday, February 1, 2007

GOP will have an edge against the Democrats, we're stuck in the midde losing something we didn't have

Bil Browning has a post up about the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee's "debate" about the anti-marriage constitutional ballot that we have going in this state. Here's what the whole thing came down to:
Senators Lanane and Broden tried to amend the resolution, but both amendments failed along that damn party line vote - 7 to 4. Senator Steele asked the pertinent question that I was waiting for. "Will this set the amendment back?" In other words, if we agree with your amendment and vote for it, will this take this off the 2008 ballot? (That's when it would go in front of the citizens for a vote. *gasp* It's also the same year that the governor and president are elected. Coincidence? I don't think so.) Senator Lanane responded that it would indeed set back the amendment, but perhaps it was best that we be deliberative about amending our constitution. Sen Steele brushed him off though. If it wouldn't make '08, he wasn't interested - no matter the damage just described to him.
The whole thing ended up being passed along the same party line. *Sigh* This isn't about us, really. It's just about, as Coolio said in Gangsta's Paradise, "Power and the money, money and the power, minute after minute, hour after hour." I really feel the speech that should have been made would have just explained that having this on the ballot won't help the GOP in 2008. It would have at least cut to the point.

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