I watched Gavin Newsom, outlaw-in-chief of San Francisco, on "Larry King Live" last week. With his slicked-back hair and silk tie, the 36-year-old mayor is the perfect model for the Radical Left's Extreme Makeover.
Out: Drug-addled, draft card-burning, Molotov cocktail-tossing, campus protesters of the 1960s.
In: Merlot-sipping, gay marriage license-peddling, cocktail party-throwing, pretty boys in elected office.
Mayor Newsom looks a little like Ben Affleck and talks a lot like Bill Clinton. He's got a trophy wife with three names (former lingerie model Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom) and a five-point government plan for everything from renewable energy ("Expedite implementation of San Francisco's solar energy bond") to homelessness ("Care Not Cash" and "office-based opiate addiction treatment") to "aging with dignity" ("I will support Adult Day Health Care"). Newsom knows better than you. He feels your pain (if you're a member of a politically correct minority group).
And he's all for paying lip service to the rule of law except when it gets in the way of "diversity."
When Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, the Colorado Republican sponsoring a federal marriage amendment, bluntly confronted Newsom with his criminal behavior ("I'm going through the deliberative legislative process, Mr. Mayor. You're defying the law."), he pursed his lips and snorted: "I'm hardly defying the law." Hardly? Fact: In 2000, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 22, the state's Defense of Marriage Act. Despite Newsom's issuance of 3,500 marriage licenses to homosexual couples, Prop. 22 remains the law today.
Musgrave didn't back down: "You're making a mockery of the law." Newsom wheedled in response: "I think you're making a mockery of this country and our values of diversity, and bringing people together and uniting people."
Newsom has inspired leftists in government positions across the country to violate their oaths of office in order to "bring people together." The 26-year-old mayor of New Paltz, N.Y., Jason West, has issued marriage licenses to 21 gay couples in his village. Ithaca Mayor Carolyn K. Peterson said her city will now accept marriage licenses from same-sex couples. Ditto Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. The mayors of Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Plattsburgh, N.Y., have all chimed in to support Newsom's urban guerrilla tactics.