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Sunday, January 18, 2009

What's wrong with the Republican Party?

The economy is in a death spiral, Democrats are set to recklessly spend trillions of dollars of taxpayer's money in blatant anti-free-market bailouts and to massively increase the intrusion of the state into the lives of its citizens, and what are the good Republicans of the state of Maine going to fight tooth and nail? Gay marriage.
A Republican political action committee said it's organizing a grassroots effort to defeat a gay marriage bill that was introduced last week.

The Maine Republican Project is opposing a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dennis Damon of Trenton bill seeks to allow two persons to marry.

Dean Scontras of the Maine Republican Project said his group's members were concerned about the timing of the Damon's bill. "This will simply absorb valuable legislative cycles that should be dedicated toward repairing the economic situation of so many Mainers," Scontras said.

Republicans earned a few years in the political wilderness because of stunts like this. Conservatives of Canada take note: placating your social conservative base is a sure ticket to permanent seats on the opposition benches.

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