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February 21, 2005

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

Matthew Yglesias weighs George W. Bush in the balance and finds him wanting:

Matthew Yglesias: Closet Tolerants: Via Julie Saltman... the early days of the Bush 2000 campaign in which, among other things, George W. says he's not going to 'kick gays' for political advantage.... What's so especially disgusting about the president's opportunistic deployment of gay-bashing for political purposes is that, by all accounts and evidence, he doesn't believe a word of it... they're 'closet tolerants' who know perfectly well that what they're doing is wrong. When I meet people who, out of sincere conviction (usually religious) believe homosexuality is sinful and that public policy ought to be deployed to prevent this sinful behavior, I disagree with them, but understand that this sort of deep moral disagreement rooted in faith is a part of life.... When you see someone who knows perfectly well that the view he's adopted for political purposes is wrong, but who adopts it anyway out of cyncial thirst for power, well, then, that's just disgusting.

Posted by DeLong at February 21, 2005 08:53 AM