For whatever the reason, the Chron has taken the day off from endorsing anyone or anything today, despite the fact that there are still a handful of Constitutional amendments, three contested City Council races, and HISD/HCC trustee races to be discussed. I really really wish I knew what their schedule was for all this.
So we’ll look elsewhere today, and a good place to start is with the Swanky Conservative and his principled reasons for voting against Prop 2. I don’t share all of the tenets that brought him to his decision, but when differing perspectives lead to the same righteous conclusion, it shows the strength of that conclusion. Check it out.
I see that the announcement about Save Texas Marriage is in the news. I’ve said about all I have to say about this tactic, so I’ll just note how painfully amusing it is to see Kelly Shackleford, who hasn’t uttered one honest word during the entire debate over Prop 2, complain about deceptive practices. If there’s one person in the state of Texas who’s qualified to comment on deceptiveness, it’s Kelly Shackleford, who adds to his legend in this piece by falsely accusing some Save Texas Marriage proponents of being phony clergy members.
Well, there’s also this:
Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, who authored the amendment, called the group’s assertion “ludicrous” and said no legal scholar could possibly agree that Proposition 2 could negate traditional marriages.
“It’s just crazy,” said Chisum, who has long championed measures to block same-sex marriage in Texas. “This is politics at its lowest level here. They’re just trying to scare people.”
That would be the same brilliant legal scholar Warren Chisum who claims that not adopting Prop 2 would lead to legalized polygamy. As with Shackleford and baloney, if there’s a Grand Poobah of Invoking Boogeymen For Political Gain, it’s Warren Chisum.
On other subjects, David Van Os has joined the “just vote No” coalition. I expect to vote No on most of them, but I’m still working my way through it all, and while I can’t think of any amendment whose defeat I would mourn, I’m not prepared to say they should all die just yet.
Finally, I promised to give my own endorsements today, but I’m not ready yet. Hopefully, I’ll have them written by tomorrow.