Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Chickens Coming Home to Roost

After having used same-sex marriage ballot initiatives/amendments to drive up their voter turn out in recent elections, Republicans in Alabama are facing a vexing problem with their turn at this ploy. Democrats controlling a majority in the legislature appear ready, according to this story in the Birmingham News, to set a same-sex constitutional amendment vote date not next November, but in June during the primary season.

And with far-right wing/Christian extremist Roy Moore thinking about running against the incumbent Gov., this would certainly help drive up Moore's base and increase his chances of grabbing the nomination. And a Moore victory certainly would help to increase the Democrats chances of winning in November.

Now, I hate the whole ballot initiative thing in general, and I especially hate the cynical ways that the parties have been using them to try and drive up their voter turn out (Republicans are by far the worse offenders, but Democrats are guilty too) but I can't help but enjoy the irony of this coming to bite the GOP in the tuchus in Alabama.

(The whole Roy Moore as Governor thing is its own disaster, but for a good take on that by a Republican in Alabama, visit here, here and here.)