Silence from the right over Murkowski and gay marriage

Josh Barro writes in Business Insider about the deafening silence from the right following U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s statement in support of gay marriage. He finds nothing.

I too spent a good part of my day on Wednesday and this morning looking for reaction to Murkowski’s statement on gay marriage. Nadda. Not from the National Review. Not from the American Spectator. Not even from Joe Miller or Sarah Palin, neither of whom have been shy about taking shots at Murkowski.

Just a few years ago, the right would have been in an uproar and would have denounced Murkowski as a heretic.

Barrow suspects that “deep down, many socially conservative writers are less confident than they used to be that gay marriage is wrong. So they’ve abdicated any effort to argue against gay marriage or hold accountable Republicans who support it.”

I suspect that deep down, they know it’s a losing issue for them. And they are also jittery about being on the wrong side of history days before the U.S. Supreme Court is set announce one or both of its decisions on gay marriage.

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3 thoughts on “Silence from the right over Murkowski and gay marriage

  1. Samuel Abney

    I think it depends on who they scrape from the bottom of the barrel to run. There are people out there who could beat her in a primary now. They’ve been motivated about the gay rights issue pretty consistently.

  2. admin

    Thanks Sam. I don’t see them as strong enough to stifle the masses, but I may be underestimating their discipline.

  3. Samuel Abney

    Always remember the “majority” Nixon spoke of was silent. Believe me when I say that Conservative Christians are gaulled to the core, but are groping in the dark to find someone who’s a viable enough candidate to support over her and Begich for this. They’d also really like someone to vote for that they wouldn’t have to hold their noses when they voted for him/her.

    I’m sure Lisa had done a careful and accurate risk calculation prior to crawling out on this limb.

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