Social conservatives — abortion foes, gay marriage opponents, transgender rights critics — may sit out the 2010 election, a Massachusetts hard-line conservative activist said Tuesday, arguing that no statewide candidates for office have championed their views.
Brian Camenker, executive director of MassResistance, which pointedly opposes gay and transgender rights, said he hopes social conservatives punish the Republican Party by staying home in November, and he singled out Republican gubernatorial nominee Charles Baker as “tone deaf” on social issues.
“He thinks he can just be Bill Weld again and that’ going to work,” said Camenker, referring to the Republican governor elected in 1990 on a platform that largely eschewed divisive social issues. “It’ not going to be as effective as it used to be. I don’t think he gets it. I don’t think he understands the passion of people on this issue.”
Social conservatives, who typically identify more closely with Republican candidates in Massachusetts, are conflicted this year, with a gubernatorial race that features three major candidates — a Democrat, a Republican and an Independent — who agree on the validity of gay marriage and the right of pregnant women to choose whether to have an abortion.
You can laugh, because it’s funny. Do you remember how five minutes ago, they were all gleefully teabagging themselves over Scott Brown? And then, once he took office, he started voting with Democrats? And now, the poor dears at SPLC-certified hate group MassResistance have to contend with the fact that, literally, no one running for the highest office in Massachusetts cares what they think.
Again, you can laugh. I certainly am. It’s a beautiful day in the ever more culturally liberal United States when bigots go to the voting booth and find that no one’s on their side.
(h/t Right Wing Watch)