HuffPo slams the 10 Dem Senators who refuse to back gay marriage

The Huffington Post home page, as of this writing, has a blistering top story slamming the remaining ten Senate Democrats who refuse to back gay marriage.  You can see a screen capture of HuffPo’s home page below.

In the past few days, Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Mark Warner (D-VA) have all come out in favor of gay marriage.  Thus, HuffPo’s interest in naming the names of the holdouts.  And good for them.

The anti-gay holdouts are:

1. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.)
2. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who’s a neanderthal and proud of it.
3. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)
4. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
5. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who’s also been a major disappointment on gun issues (she’s uber pro-NRA).
6. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who’s often on the wrong side.
7. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
8. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.)
9. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
10. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)

HuffPo provides a lot more background on each Senator, where they are on DOMA, etc.


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23 Responses to “HuffPo slams the 10 Dem Senators who refuse to back gay marriage”

  1. sickntired says:

    personally i don’t trust her, hagan is trying to save her bigoted ass, yes I said bigoted, and i’m sure the apple didn’t fall far, I have seen her son in action, while campaignig for her in Eastern NC, He avoid every black and latino guys at the event.. he only talk to older rich white women at the event..

  2. S1AMER says:

    Hagen has now come out for marriage equality, so please run a correction to this posting as soon as you can.

  3. MyrddinWilt says:

    And the pragmatists and anyone capable of winning a national election without poll fraud.

    The money men know what they are doing. They push the GOP off to the far far right and the ‘moderates’ move to the Democrats pulling the Democrats to the right as well. The result is that the Republican party will cease to be a viable contender to control either house of Congress by 2020 but the Koch bros won’t mind because the Democrats will rule like Republicans.

    We need to make climate change job #1. Not just because its the planet at stake, because we have to make sure that nobody gets through a primary without being committed to do grievous harm to the Koch bros wealth.

    And add in a tax on large casinos with names that start and end with the same letter.

  4. MyrddinWilt says:

    There is pressure and there is pressure. Some people’s idea of ‘pressure’ looks rather more like a herd of stampeding elephants with little sense of direction.

  5. S1AMER says:

    But, on the bright side, there are only TEN timid Democrats. Had you asked me just a year or two ago, I would have predicted the number of cowards today to be quite a bit higher. So there’s that …

    Meanwhile, we need to do what we can to push these ten into the light. And, even more, we need to work harder to elect better, truer Democrats in places where they can be elected. And do much, much more to increase the Democratic electorate nationwide.

  6. Bill_Perdue says:

    What’s the point.

    The Democrat party can’t be reformed or changed.

    It’s a right centrist party moving to outflank Republicans from the right. The Democrat party will not repeal Bill Clintons DOMA or pass ENDA unless we abandon them altogether and organized a campaign of militant mass actions like the 2009 National Equality march or the dozens of local and regional marches that erupted after Obama enabled the passage of Prop .

  7. Ninong says:

    Are you sure Nelson was the one who hired Dr. George Rekers as the expert witness in that Florida case? The reason I ask is because Wiki shows Attorney General Bill McCollum taking credit for hiring him, saying that they searched long and hard before they finally found an “expert” who would testify for them. They paid him almost $120,000 for his “expert testimony.”

    Thirty years ago Dr. Rekers, who is also an ordained Baptist minister, co-founded the hate group called The Family Research Council with James Dobson. After the Rentboy embarrassment, FRC says they no longer have anything to do with Rekers and having seen him in years.

    Rekers is famous for his “expert” testimony skills. He testified for the Boy Scouts of America in 1998 in defense of their policy of excluding gays. He testified in an Arkansas adoption case in 2004, saying that placing children in a home with homosexuals, who are already subjected to discrimination in Arkansas, would lead to the children suffering the same discrimination. In the Florida adoption case, he referred to homosexuals as those suffering this “sexual perversion.”

    Dr. Rekers is married with children. He’s also a self-hating closet case of the first order. He tried to pretend that he had no clue the young man he hired to “carry his luggage” was engaged in the business of providing erotic companionship. That’s completely laughable once anyone checks out the site he used to find his baggage carrier:

  8. BeccaM says:

    Aye, and they need to be pressured, lest they think there’s no support to be lost if they don’t stand for marriage equality.

  9. lynchie says:

    Truer words were never spoken. Lesser equals paid corporate shills

  10. lynchie says:

    Casey represents me as well and I never get him on the phone but some young twerp who thinks all the constituents are assholes. They listen, take no notes and you are forgotten withing 3 minutes of your call.

  11. karmanot says:


  12. Skeptical Cicada says:

    It makes no difference whether they’ve got a secret timeline. If they aren’t publicly supporting marriage equality, they aren’t publicly supporting marriage equality. They can be pressured until their internal alarm goes off.

  13. George Melby says:

    Hagan sounds like a mis-dis-placed North Dakota Baptist! She’s really batting 0-2!

  14. dula says:

    These are the kind of Democrats we get when we vote for the lesser of two evils.

  15. MyrddinWilt says:

    It is possible some of the holdouts have already agreed to flip and are timing it as part of someone’s program.

    The Huff Post made it look like there were about three strong holdouts. The rest haven’t worked out that supporting civil unions but not marriage is way behind the curve.

  16. Yeah, I need to check in with folks and find out who’s where.

  17. jomicur says:

    Casey is a Catholic. He claims not to take his marching orders from his church, as Santorum used to do, but he is also quite doggedly anti-choice for no good reason he has ever explained (not that there are good reasons, but he doesn’t even try to put up a credible front). On the occasions when I’ve contacted his office on various issues, his people are always very good at tap-dancing around issues and double talking past them. Getting a firm commitment out of them is like trying to drive a nail through an amoeba.

  18. codyj says:

    Nelson (fl) was the one who hired Geo Rekkers, to defend law banning gay adoption…60 grand ,or so, and later, of course, the ‘Expert’ anti gay doctor,was caught coming home from a trip abroad with a ‘rent boy’. Rent boy spilled the beans….and the ‘expert’ vanished.. Nelson cites his ‘relig beliefs’ for his total anti gay stance

  19. MyrddinWilt says:

    Calling them out is useful, but what is more useful is to know which ones are wobbly and might flip.

  20. Kelvin Mace says:

    Pam (of Pam’s House Blend) and I had Hagan’s number back when she was running for the senate. Hagan was at a local venue in Winston-Salem, gracing the proles with her presence. Pam asked her flat out whether she supported gay marriage and she said it was up to the states. “So you feel the Supreme Court was wrong to intervene in 1967 in “Loving v. Virginia” Pam asked? Hagan was clueless, so I helped out by explaining it her. She stammered, hemmed and hawed, and dodged the question. We kept at her and she got visibly pissed.

    After that, she refused to take questions on campaign stops from the voters (unless pre-screened) and refused to ever answer the question when Pam pushed her on it in writing.

    Hagan is yet another one of those Dems we do not need. Bigoted with a bi-partisan fetish.

  21. Skeptical Cicada says:

    Call them out, and refuse to fund them.

  22. The self thinking individuals left those states eons ago.

  23. These are the kind of Democrats we get when the Republicans spend decades chasing intellectuals out of their party.

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