Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Did Dean call anti-gay bigots "bigots?"

In the list of truly surprising surprises, this ranks somewhere below "torturing Iraqi men, women and children turned the Iraqi people against us," and somewhere above "fast food makes you fat." The Washington Times, which is euphemistically called a "newspaper" by members of the cult that owns it, and by the more delusional members of the G.O.P., paraphrased a Democrat incorrectly (emphasis mine):

Dean's outburst
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean claims to be reaching out to red-state voters, but yesterday, he suggested that opponents of homosexual "marriage" are bigots.

Mr. Dean was responding to news that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, plans to bring to a vote a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban homosexual "marriage."
"At a time when the Republican Party is in trouble with their conservative base, Bill Frist is taking a page straight out of the Karl Rove playbook to distract from the Republican Party's failed leadership and misplaced priorities by scapegoating LGBT families for political gain, using marriage as a wedge issue," said Mr. Dean, using the abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
"It is not only morally wrong, it is shameful and reprehensible," Mr. Dean said.

I don't know about you, but I don't see the word "bigot," or even "prejudiced," in Dean's statement. I see Dean making the suggestion that Bill Frist is trying to manipulate voters by exploiting their fears, not that those voters themselves are "bigots."

I mean, they are (Gay is the new Black, after all), but Dean didn't say that here.

In order for Dean to suggest that these voters are "bigots," he'd have to suggest that Frist's ploy is going to work -- that their fear of gays overrides their ability to reason. Dean, perhaps delusionally, has been saying the opposite in recent months, and more to the point, said nothing of the sort here.

Methinks they protest too much.

I wonder if I'm the only one who found it interesting how the Fox News of newspapers felt the need to put marriage in quotes when it involves Gay people.