Everyone and their pet canaries should read Ben Domenech’s examination of the degree to which the Obama Administration is taking the support of the gay community for granted, and how Republicans could make inroads in the gay community by taking the federalist approach to issues like gay marriage, as former Vice President Dick Cheney has recently done. And even if you already have read Ben’s piece, I urge you to reread it.
Of course, I would be delighted if the GOP would follow Ben’s advice; not only would it get more votes, but on the issue of gay marriage, following Cheney’s lead is simply the morally right thing to do. It is fascinating that Cheney, the Wyoming conservative who has been dubbed “Darth Vader” by more people than I can count, is doing more than is a Democratic President of the United States to help bring about marriage rights for the gay community. Imagine if he could help the Republican party win gay votes and get on the right side of this issue by urging a more federalist tack. The consequences would be earthshakingly delightful.