By now you've heard that every member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation enthusiastically participated in an inspirational video for the "It Gets Better Project" (which gives hope to LGBT youngsters that are routinely ostracized and bullied in public schools) except for Republican Senator Scott Brown who refused point-blank, insisting that he was too busy "creating jobs" to spend even a smidgen of his precious time on the anti-bullying initiative. (What message does Brown's absence in this PSA send to his own daughters?) Here is that video, sans the GOP lawmaker:
Manning its Family Values Battle Stations, conservative strategists at the National Republican Senatorial Committee are frantically warding of criticism of Brown by attacking gay author and activist Dan Savage, who made the very first IGB video with his life partner Terry. As reported by Ben Smith at Politico, NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh hawked up the following spittle: "It’s truly reached a new level of desperation in their efforts to tear down Scott Brown, but we look forward to hearing whether state and national Democrat leaders agree with Dan Savage’s long history of lewd, violent and anti-Christian rhetoric. Given their press conference call today, one has to presume at this point that they do." To which Savage tartly responded: "I am not the IGB project. The project has had the reach and impact that it's had thanks to tens of thousands of people from all over the world who've participated. [A]nd no one who participates is required to crawl into bed with me... It is interesting, though, that not a single GOP elected official can bring himself or herself to make a video, or participate in the creation of one. No GOP elected official can risk being seen letting bullied LGBT kids know that life isn't high school and that it will get better for them."
Joe Sudbay at AmericaBlog walks the dog: That's pretty darn sanctimonious coming from the NRSC, which includes David Vitter (who was caught frequenting numerous prostitutes - a crime- while married) as a member. It's also pretty hypocritical of Brown, who had no problem associating himself with a known hate group last year. ... Seriously, the "It Gets Better" videos are about saving kids. Clearly, that's not a GOP priority.
I'll tell you what also isn't a GOP priority, despite the lip service it receives from conservative pols: job creation.
These are the top three Republican goals, as dictated by the Religious Right and Tea Party fanatics:
1. More tax breaks for corporations and multi-millionaires
2. Cutting social programs that bring some small relief to impoverished citizens
3. Blocking all advances in equal rights for LGBT Americans
I'm concluding this post with a thoughtful "It's Gets Better" vid from one of my favorite actresses, Mary McDonnell: