The revisionists are in full throat on ENDA -- John Aravosis loudly among them, claiming again, as if repeating a lie makes it truth, that supporters of gender-identity inclusion in ENDA have termed it easy -- "a cakewalk" -- as if it ever was, much less that it would be when separated into an 'amend back in' footing in an unnecessarily hot climate.
Let me say it so even the intentionally deaf may hear: Nobody in a leadership position in this battle claimed it would be "a cakewalk" -- just that it requires the kind of commitment that Rep. Frank sadly lacks (his being limited, by his own admission on this blog, to mere "trying" of the sort my mother would have insisted I label "a half-hearted guarantee of failure") - that and the obvious that isolating the tough parts is a sure loss guarantee, too.
What was and remains obvious, is that, when the Democratic leadership, Frank and Pelosi on point this time, gives blatant permission for the nervous among their ranks to rebel rather than providing them with supportive facts and a leaderly example of how to successfully weather controversy, the nervous will jump at the chance.
It is not a bad thing, though, that the ignorance and bigotry surrounding gender identity has been brought to light. It's a discouraging thing but the reality of it is better in the open than it continuing to lie in wait in secret only to derail our best efforts once again. We have to fight this fight - with an eye less to the punitive and more in the direction of "Light, more light!", remembering that the most pain-dealing of our foes are our family - a family that desperately needs growth-centered healing simultaneous to a firm, motherly hand.
Whether getting a record vote on gender identity is advisable or if it would instead make the road even worse is not clear to me. I can see pros and potential perils in both options. I'm not going to hold Rep. Baldwin at fault however she decides.
But I will hold at fault anyone who votes for the Frank abomination and I will not forget. Granted, it's a nuanced holding with both mitigation and enhancements for the earning.
One thing's for certain, I will never forget the arrogant high-handedness of Barney Frank and the sneaky duplicitous complicity of HRC. Barney may be right when he taunts, "Who are they going to get to run against me, Larry Craig?" But it won't make him any less of a legislative anachronism on this issue, either. There are worse things than losing one's seat.
He's always been cranky and intolerant and given to 'I'm smarter than the lot of you put together' fits of pique and paternalism. They were always balanced by a quick witted gift of gab, a brilliant intellect, superior knowledge of his craft, and moxie in service of good causes.
We've always bowed to him and overlooked the affronts -- and there have been some doozies along the way -- but lately, we've been gaining hard-won expertise enough to not lie down when he wants to ride roughshod over us and he's reacted very badly to it, playing pretty extreme hardball with people he ought not to be.
He's of an age now when he should be looking at things with an eye to his legacy. Crotchety anachronism - the political equivalent of the old bar troll -- who constantly needs his ego stroked doesn't seem like one worthy of his pursuit.