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05/03/2007

Bush to misuse veto pen yet again?

by Jeremy Hooper

So it is now being reported that if H.R. 1592 does make its way to the President's desk, Bush will veto:

White House Issues Veto Threat Against Gay Hate Bill [365Gay]

And if you want to know just how good that news is for us gays, just look at the immediate reaction:

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Dobson Applauds Hate-Crimes Veto Pledge [PR Newswire]
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CWA Thanks President Bush for 'Hate Crimes' Veto Pledge [Christian Newswire]

::sigh:: January 2009, where are you?

**SEMI-RELATED PHOTO: Check out this juxtaposition. In the lower left, a vote on this hate crimes bill (although it's mislabeled -- it's actually a procedural vote). And in the upper right, Jim and Shirley Dobson being thanked and recognized by the apparently veto-ready President Bush:

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**UPDATE: Wonkette puts the veto into perspective.

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200901 seems like a lifetime away. I'm still debating which country I'll immigrate to if yet another Christian Taliban puppet king steals the next election.

Posted by: Scott | May 3, 2007 1:29:36 PM

You really have to hand it to them. Not since the diabolical genius of the Nazi Party have we seen such a good use of Newspeak. I cannot get over how they are turning a protection that they already have and pretending that the law will go against Equal Protection when it will actually insure it. Motive is a guideline in the sentencing of ALL crimes. The death penalty is handed out purely on either motive or the gruesomeness of a crime.

These people are truly despicible and evil.

Posted by: ptboat | May 3, 2007 1:46:42 PM

George W Bush is the most hated President in US History. Never will GLBT Americans forgive him or his family.

Posted by: Dustin | May 3, 2007 1:54:51 PM

I read the articles on 365gay. They think that they are going to lose their religious expression if this bill passes? How dumb can they be. This is why I wear a shirt that says "CSI - Can't Stand Idiots" because I can't stand being around the religious right. I hope Bush is still smart enough to not veto this bill. In fact, I hope we avoid putting the bill on his desk at all.

Posted by: Sam | May 3, 2007 2:09:34 PM

The comparisons to the Nazi Party are absurd. Unless Bush and the GOP start rounding up gays and putting us into camps that's uncalled for hyperbole. Having said that, Bush has done a remarkable job of exploiting this for political gain which I find to be reprehensible. It's not very surprising since this is what politicians do, but when it's done to the detriment of a particular group of people that's just despicable. If he were against ALL hate crimes laws for any reason I could at least respect the the fact that we have a difference of opinion and he is being consistent with his POV. Yet, from the White House's own statement Bush supports hate crimes laws based on race, religion, and national origin. Only when it comes to protecting gays does he sing a different tune.

From reports, Bush and the GOP act differently towards gays in private but in public? Well they will say or do anything to placate the fanatical Dobsonite wing of the party. I expect Bush to veto this bill because as politically weak as he is right now he cannot risk pissing off his core base. Pity really. As much as I dislike the Dems, perhaps they can force his hand to accept this by tying it to something he wants. We'll see.

Posted by: John | May 3, 2007 2:34:24 PM

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