commented on The Liz & Mary Show
@12 Cheney was in favor of marriage equality in name only. His "support" didn't stop him from running on a ticket that was officially using a federal "marriage protection amendment" as a plank in the platform, nor did it lead to any substantive opposition to a strategy in 2004 to put anti-equlity amendments on many state tickets in a cynical drive to use homophobia as a wedge issue to turn out the base. Even in the 4+ years that he has been out of office, he is in favor of marriage equality, in theory, just as long as, you know, he's not asked to do anything like...I don't know...maybe campaign for it? Build support for it? Put himself at any kind of political risk for it? Hell, has he ever even written to Freedom to Marry?
With Dick Cheney, elections come first, and anything resembling a principal comes in a distant, distant, distant second.
And I will concede that Obama was late to the party, but he has taken genuine political risks on its behalf. Something that nobody in the Cheney family has ever had the guts to do.
commented on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: A Relevant and Complex Distraction
Actually I enjoyed the first one because its premise was so clearly drawn on two obvious social phenomena: growing income inequality, and the (perhaps related)ubiquitous fascination with reality television. As Anna Minard notes, the metaphor is not meant to be subtle. "Babbit," by Sinclair Lewis, wasn't exactly subtle, either.