2008 Frank Rich Comes Through
posted by November 9 at 9:50 AMon
Eleven NYT opinion columnists filed at least that many columns since the election last Tuesday, most celebrating Obama’s election, all noting the historic significance and symbolism of the election of our first African American president—but not until today did a NYT opinion columnist take note of the fly in the ointment. From Frank Rich’s column today:
On the morning after a black man won the White House, America’s tears of catharsis gave way to unadulterated joy.
Our nation was still in the same ditch it had been the day before, but the atmosphere was giddy. We felt good not only because we had breached a racial barrier as old as the Republic. Dawn also brought the realization that we were at last emerging from an abusive relationship with our country’s 21st-century leaders. The festive scenes of liberation that Dick Cheney had once imagined for Iraq were finally taking place—in cities all over America….
Though Rove’s promised “permanent Republican majority” lies in humiliating ruins, his and Bush’s one secure legacy will be their demagogic exploitation of homophobia. The success of the four state initiatives banning either same-sex marriage or same-sex adoptions was the sole retro trend on Tuesday. And Obama, who largely soft-pedaled the issue this year, was little help. In California, where other races split more or less evenly on a same-sex marriage ban, some 70 percent of black voters contributed to its narrow victory.
That lagging indicator aside, nearly every other result on Tuesday suggests that while the right wants to keep fighting the old boomer culture wars, no one else does.
I predicted that Rich alone would have something to say about last Tuesday’s anti-gay sweep.