Thursday, August 09, 2007
Way To Go Melissa Etheridge
Listening to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) tonight on the Visible Vote 08 Presidential Forum focused on GLBT issues reinvent the history of her husband's presidential legacy on GLBT rights was so Clintonesque. The federal DOMA, as Sen. Clinton explained, was all part of a grand scheme to head off a federal marriage amendment, and it worked she declared. That's utter BS, and she knows it. And Melissa Etheridge wasn't about to let her get by with it. True to form, a visibly bristling Clinton couldn't help but condescendingly suggest that Melissa Etheridge's battle with breast cancer made her particularly anxious to obtain full equality sooner than is realistically possible. The federal DOMA statute was the brainchild of the religious right, and she and Bill bought into on the advice of Dick Morris, just like they went along with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" when the heat got turned up on them. It was quite refreshing when Melissa Etheridge called her out and expressed the opinion that the Clinton years were a major disappointment. "You threw us under the bus," Etheridge opined. The Clinton legacy is unmistakable. The first president in the history of the U.S to sign into law a bill specifically singling out gays for discrimination--not once, but twice he did it. That's the Clinton legacy. Thanks, Melissa Etheridge for not letting folks forget about it.