George Felix Allen obsesses about gay marriage

Judging by how Republicans focus their attention, you would never know that we're having the bloodiest month of 2006, in a civil war for which the GOP leadership can do nothing but get us in deeper and make us profoundly less safe. You wouldn’t have a clue that North Korea has joined the nuke-of-the-month club or that we've gone from being respected throughout the world when we had a real president (Bill Clinton) to being arguably the most despised nation on the planet since the Republicans took over.

And you damn sure would never know that the new century has seen us with a net loss of high-paying jobs, the biggest budget deficit in U.S. history, 46 million of our citizens with no health insurance and a federal minimum wage that continues to keep Americans working 40 to 50 hours a week below the poverty line.

But what is Virginia Senator George Felix Allen focusing on when he's not wallpapering his den with confederate flags or spitting out racial slurs? He's fighting off the political challenge of his career from Democrat Jim Webb by harping on…. Same-sex marriage, of course.

Granted, Virginia is one of eight states voting on Constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage next week, but the fact is, Virginia's state initiative has nothing to do with national issues of concern to a United States Senator and everything to do with Allen's pathetic and struggling campaign pushing a wedge issue to get right-wing bigots to the polls.

And, boy, is Allen all over this one. In just four days last week, Allen's campaign issued not one, not two, but five press releases exploiting the subject of gay marriage. More accurately, the statements were designed to persuade Virginians into thinking that, if Jim Webb is elected to Allen's Senate seat, the majority of heterosexual couples in the state will careen irreversibly toward divorce.

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