Parsing Obama On Gays

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It's worth examining the precise wording he used in front of military leaders this afternoon:

After more than a decade of opposition and delay, we've passed inclusive hate crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray, or who they are.

This simply doesn't make sense. Hate crime laws for most categories, including federal measures,  have been around for a long time. The only new thing here - the only thing that has fostered "a decade of opposition and delay" - is the addition of sexual orientation. So the president had a chance to defend gays from being excluded from the usual roster of victims, in front of military leaders, and he had to walk backwards into this strange circumlocution.

Obama's is the support that dare not speak our name. And what exactly is that referendum in Maine about? Not sure. Haven't heard enough. Want another party at the White House?

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