Keith Takes On Prop 8

Tonight, Keith gave one of his most moving special comments yet, this one on the injustice of Prop 8.

In the meantime, the fallout over the passage of the initiative continues unabated both with protests and actual action being taken by citizens and lawmakers alike.

  • Thousands continued to take to the streets this weekend all throughout California including 25k in San Francisco, 2k in Long Beach as well as 12.5k in LA and 10k in San Diego.

  • The Courage Campaign/CREDO petition to repeal Prop 8 is up over 62k 64k sigs. If you haven't, please add your name now.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger hopes Prop 8 will be overturned and urges opponents never to give up.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today expressed hope that the California Supreme Court would overturn Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage. He also predicted that the 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who have already married would not be affected by the initiative.

    "It's unfortunate, obviously, but it's not the end," Schwarzenegger said in an interview on CNN this morning. "I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area."...

    Today, Schwarzenegger urged backers of gay marriage to follow the lesson he learned as a bodybuilder trying to lift weights that were too heavy for him at first. "I learned that you should never ever give up.... They should never give up. They should be on it and on it until they get it done."

    Gee, Guv, where was this passion a couple weeks ago?

  • Last week, six same-sex couples filed a petition with the CA Supreme Court to block the enforcement of Prop 8, citing the CA constitution's requirement that the fundamental rights of minority groups can only be eliminated if 2/3rds of the legislature votes to submit the change to the People or to a constitutional convention. Today, more than 40 state legislators filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of this petition. Via press release:

    "The citizens of California rely on the Legislature and the courts to safeguard against unlawful discrimination by temporary, and often short-lived, majorities," said the legislators. "Our state's few deviations from this duty have proven, with the perspective of historical distance, to be the most abhorrent chapters in our State's history... The Legislative Amici urge this Court to prevent the momentary passions of a bare majority from compromising the enduring constitutional promise of equal protection under the law. Proposition 8's radical change to our constitutional protections cannot be considered a mere 'amendment.' The California Constitution -- 'the ultimate expression of the People's will' -- requires the involvement of the Legislature in a constitutional revision of this magnitude."

  • The LA County Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday to determine whether they will join the effort to block Prop 8. They'll need three votes on the 5-member board. So far L.A. County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina are for it and Michael Antonovich is against. The other two votes are unclear.

[editor's note, by Todd Beeton]Edited to add CREDO, which came on board as a co-sponsor of the pledge. Also, I updated the number of sigs, which has risen to 64,000. Keep it up!

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A Sunday Treat

While my opinion of Keith Olbermann has not dropped quite as dramatically as some other folks', I figured there are enough people around here still angry at him from the primaries to make this worth sharing. Here is Ben Afflek's amusing angry man impression of KO on last night's Saturday Night Live.

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Heck With McCain/Palin - Remind Folks Of Bush Changes (years)

I sure wish I was a movie director.  I'd be making one heck of an ad reminding folks of the Bush years; to heck with McCain and Palin.  Americans need to be reminded of what we've gone through for the past 8 years.  Yes, I said `reminded'.

We all know that Americans, or should I say human beings, have a short memory.  Isn't that what President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Karl Rove have banked on for the past several years.  They've `changed' the story line so many times it's hard to keep up.

I would begin by editing the "Special Comment" given by Keith Olbermann Countdown (MSNBC), picking off parts showing how the Bush administration used carefully timed `terror alerts' to distract the media from `other news' of the day.  News that would make the administration `look' bad.  The alerts are all perfectly timed to `change' what the media is reporting.

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No Laughing Matter

I just finished watching Keith Olbermann's interview with Barack Obama and what I really appreciated was the sense of urgency Keith expressed, something that Barack -- in his demeanor anyway -- didn't seem to share.

This line from Keith hit home for me in particular:

Maybe the most compelling moment from your acceptance speech in Denver was that one strongly voiced word "Enough!" A lot of people who have felt angry about what's been done to this country over the last 7 or 8 years have that same sense of urgency and simplicity to it. Have you thought of using on the campaign trail and in your speaking engagements more exclamation points? Have you thought of getting angrier?

Barack's immediate response was to chuckle.

Keith later had another suggestion for Barack:

6o years ago Harry Truman went out and campaigned very simply looked at people in trouble because of the Republican congress at that point and the impact that it had on their lives and said 'How many times do you have to be hit over the head until you figure out who's hitting you?'

Barack's immediate response, again, was to chuckle.

Now, to Keith's credit, as the interview went on, Barack did seem to express more urgency and more passion but why does he have to be reminded that such passion is warranted by Keith Olbermann? And why on earth did Barack feel the need to utter a variation on the following phrase no fewer than three times during the interview:

I have confidence in the American people.

For most of us, if the last eight years have taught us anything it's that the American people can not be trusted to vote in their own self-interest or that of the country. So, personally, I found Barack's cavalier attitude in the interview quite problematic and while I greatly appreciate Keith's using the platform he has to nudge Obama in the right direction and remind him of what's at stake, again, why was it even necessary?

I agree with Keith, Barack's strong declarative "Enough!" during his acceptance speech really did say it all but lately the coverage I've seen from his campaign events have featured Barack laughing at McCain and Palin, not expressing anger at what they've done to this country or at the mockery their campaign is making of the truth.

On tonight's premiere episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel and Keith discussed the interview and were pretty bullish, actually, both on the state of the race and the idea that we're entering a new phase of the campaign, especially vis a vis Barack's toughness with the Republicans. I really hope they're right and that in the coming days we see less laughter from Barack and more passion and, yes, even a good dose of righteous anger.

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We Brought MSNBC into Our World, We Can Take Them Out!

It really vexes me that my first diary since falling off the wagon must focus on a cable news network rather than my Sunday afternoon SE PA canvassing exploits. But I'm not going to sit on my hands while my favorite news channel succumbs to the press-phobic McCain campaign.

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