Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Being Disingenuous

Bill Sammon wrote a strangely timed article this morning that essentially recapped this article he wrote months ago and we commented on here.

This follow-up piece is noteworthy because Drudge grabbed hold of it this morning and highlighted the line where Mitt calls McCain "disingenuous."

Romney was less charitable to McCain, who on Sunday told ABC News: “I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states.” McCain also said, “I believe that gay marriage should not be legal.”

Romney seized on the remarks.

“That’s his position, and in my opinion, it’s disingenuous,” he said. “Look, if somebody says they’re in favor of gay marriage, I respect that view. If someone says — like I do — that I oppose same–sex marriage, I respect that view. But those who try and pretend to have it both ways, I find it to be disingenuous.”

Interestingly this position that Romney critiques McCain for seems to be the same as his opinion with regards to abortion (and McCain's as well). Both support judges that could overturn Roe v. Wade and send the abortion question back to the states- neither have expressly supported a Con. Amendment banning abortions. So in a sense they both believe that "abortion should be decided by the states" and that "abortion should not be legal."

Another interesting side note to this is that it seems that Matt Drudge is ready to pounce on McCain and Giuliani in a similar vein to what he did with Gore and Kerry in 2000 and 2004. Drudge clearly gave a boost to George Bush in those elections- if you don't understand how ask Mark Halperin. It is possible that Drudge's desire to highlight negatives about McCain and Giuliani could help Romney or another candidate in the GOP primary.

And so the sniping begins...


Blogger murphy said...


Interestingly this position that Romney critiques McCain for seems to be the same as his opinion with regards to abortion...

By virtue of the Full Faith and Credit Clause, whereby legal acts in one state must be recognized by all the other states, a working federalist approach to gay marriage is impossible. Once enacted in New Jersey, gay marriage would need to be recognized in all the other states. Any legislative attempt to exclude marriage laws from the Full Faith and Credit Clause would be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court as a simple constitutionality matter.

Abortion is not a legal act or judgment, so the Full Faith and Credit Clause does not apply. In other words, a federalist approach to abortion could legally work.

Now McCain obviously knows all this, being a career Senator. His "federalist" approach on gay marriage is a nice way to lend some rhetorical support to traditional marriage while at the same time signaling to anyone who knows what they're talking about that he plans to do nothing to defend it.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Good point Murph.

11:38 AM  

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