Any bets on how those initiatives will fare at the polls? Any bets on whether it will have an impact on the US Senate races in Virginia or Tennessee? Not because of the position of each of the candidates (who are all more-or-less against gay marriages) but because this is such a hot-button issue for Conservatives.
The very glimmer of a glance of a hint of a whisper that a US House controlled by Democrats - San Francisco Democrats - will move the gay agenda ahead is likely to be a huge trigger in driving Republicans to turn out and vote on November 7.
According to Scott Keeter, director of survey research at the Pew Research Center quoted by Reuters:
"In a close election almost anything can make a difference and Virginia is one state where this could happen. ... If it helps to mobilize Christian conservatives it could potentially give George Allen a bit of an uptick."
Because there is so much opposition to gay marriage among the voting public, Democratic candidates will be forced, like Harold Ford in Tennessee and Jim Webb in Virginia, to agree with the GOP position.
That will not change many voters' minds, but it might tend to slightly depress Liberal voter turnout which, to turn Scott Keeter's statement around, might serve to provide a downtick for Democratic candidates.
On the MSNBC appearance, my debate opponent, Sasha Burns said that Republicans wanted to use this issue to get voters away from talking about the economy and Iraq.
I said, "This, from a woman who's party couldn't utter a single sentence which didn't include the word 'Foley' for two-and-a-half weeks."
Republican candidates have been rebounding over the past three or four days. The New Jersey Supreme Court might have provided just enough of an wedge issue to provide the GOP with the edge it needs.
On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the NCSL page, the Wikipedia entry on Sister Boom-Boom, the NJ Supreme Court's remarkable action in 2002, and the Reuters reporting on the potential political outfall. Also a Mullfoto which will lift your spirits and a Catchy Caption of the Day which will ... not.