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Friday, April 27, 2007

Bleeding Heartland: Kevin McCarthy reinforces a right-wing frame

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The passage of the Civil Rights bill by the Iowa legislature is undoubtedly a victory for progressives. I was very disappointed, though, when I opened up the Des Moines Register today and read the article on page 1 of the Metro section. Here's the third paragraph: "It is a historic vote," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Des Moines Democrat. "I also think it was a mainstream vote. This was not some sort of liberal social agenda. This is just saying that under housing and employment, people should not be discriminated based upon their real or perceived sexual orientation." What have Des Moines Register readers just learned? 1. the "liberal social agenda" is outside the mainstream. 2. mainstream = good, "liberal social agenda" = not so good. 3. even that Democratic guy is kind of embarrassed about the liberal social agenda. I understand what McCarthy was trying to say: this is not gay marriage, this is not even civil unions, this is no-brainer anti-discrimination protection. This should not be controversial.

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