Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Personal Tops the Political

article at Slate
What are we to think when a Tea-Party type U.S. senator, a sanctity of marriage maven, comes out in support of marriage equality?

Are we supposed to cheer? "Hooray! He's seen the light!"

Count me out. As the news stories circulate about Ohio Senator Rob Portman deciding that he, yes, really, does after all support marriage equality because he has discovered his son is homosexual, I find myself wondering where this sudden compassion lurked when other parents of homosexual children worried over their offspring's happiness.

I don't know if he had a vote on the war in Iraq, but it strikes me he would have been the sort to vote for the war unless, of course, he happened to have a son who was an infantry rifleman in the 82nd Airborne.

There's an interesting perspective on this in Slate, "Rob Portman and the Politics of Narcissism."

To me, this is one more instance of rationalizing self-interest—the same reason members of Congress get better medical care than the general population, retirement benefits that would make Donald Trump blush, and find themselves on tropical islands playing golf at the expense of special interest groups.


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