Hypocrisy Meter Explodes

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If you were to identify the two senators least qualified to take bold action in defense of marriage, who would they be? Well, no matter what side of the aisle you’re on, you’d probably point to the guy who was caught trying to have gay sex in an airport bathroom and the guy accused of being a serial john, right? It’s hard to deny that they are the two members of the Senate who have done the most to wreck their own marriages.

Well, it’s funny how things work. Ten senators have introduced what they call the “Marriage Protection Amendment.” It would, if passed, change the federal constitution to define marriage as a “union of a man and a woman.” And lo and behold, Larry Craig and David Vitter are two of the ten sponsoring senators. No one in the Republican leadership pulled them aside and said, “Hey guys, why don’t you sit this one out? You know, for the sake of our credibility.”

If conservatism isn’t dead by 2009, irony will finish it off.

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