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Entries by Michael Keegan from 03/2013

The New March Madness: CPAC's Guest List

| Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

In many ways, CPAC is caught in exactly the same bind as the Republican Party. The party's leaders know that to survive in the long term it must moderate its positions and expand its base. But they're still in the grips of an extremist fringe that just won't let that happen.

Why Was Rob Portman's Stroke of Empathy So Shocking?

| Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Let's hope that Sen. Portman's change of heart on marriage equality isn't just an anomaly, but that instead it's a visible crack in the foundation of a Republican Party that has allowed itself to be taken over and ruled by a dogmatic right-wing fringe.

The Politics of Saxby's Inner Child

| Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

Sen. Portman caught some flack last week for only supporting gay rights after discrimination hit home to his own family. Sen. Chambliss represents the flipside of what Matt Yglesias called the "politics of narcissism." If it doesn't affect me, Sen. Chambliss is saying, it doesn't matter.

The Marriage Cases: A Lose-Lose Situation For the Right

| Posted 03.25.2013 | Gay Voices

There is a school of thought that a broad victory for marriage equality at the Supreme Court would galvanize the opposition and end up being a setback for the gay rights movement. I disagree. The side that can't afford to win or to lose at the Supreme Court this week is the anti-gay right.