Democrats Are Warned About 'Duck Dynasty' Reactions

Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 10:31 PM

By Courtney Coren

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The "Duck Dynasty" controversy could have electoral consequences for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections if it reignites the culture wars that are typically beneficial to Republicans, a liberal columnist writes.

"The left thinks everyone who opposes gay marriage is some bigot like Phil Robertson," Keli Goff says in The Daily Beast. "That intolerance could come back to sting Democrats in November."

Goff writes that the Democrats would be making a mistake if they typecast all who oppose same-sex marriage as hating gay people, which isn't true.

She says that while several in her own family oppose gay marriage, the same relatives are just as quick "to congratulate my gay friends whose weddings I have attended."

That's because "they see gay people no differently than they would view a straight person . . . who decides to live with someone" before he or she is married.

And "there's a big gulf" between someone who thinks this way and someone who "hates" a gay person, Goff writes.

"The Democratic Party is in danger of being seen as increasingly intolerant by crucial swing voters in the culture wars," she says, if they fail to understand this perspective.

The danger is that "angry progressives" have become quick to condemn Democratic lawmakers who don't support gay marriage, such as Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, whose Louisiana Senate seat is in jeopardy in the upcoming election.

"The alternative is a Republican senator who almost surely will vote against their interests 100 percent of the time," Goff continues.

If liberals are going to attack their own over these issues, then "the White House, the DNC [Democratic National Committee], and progressive activists could soon find themselves living in an America in which those who think like Phil Robertson are calling the shots," she concludes.


Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

FBI Takes Wendy Davis Documents But Scope of Probe Unclear

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 16:58 PM

The FBI has control of documents related to Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis' work while she was an attorney for the North T . . .

Tea Party Express Chairwoman Steps Down

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:23 PM

Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express is leaving her post so she can focus on the campaign for Senate Minority . . .

SC Gov. Haley in Double-Digit Lead Over Democratic Challenger

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:04 PM

South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley holds a substantial lead over Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen in this y . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved