Here's proof that denial makes folks look witless:
From over on Drum; he's looking at a brain-dead column by Christopher Hitchens:
"...Where the hell did this aside ooze up from?"
Come to think of it, what happened to the loud and widespread demand that gays be allowed to serve in uniform? Surely that was not just a Clinton-era campaign to be dropped in favor of gay marriage at just the time when the country needed troops in Afghanistan (generally agreed) and in Iraq (much disputed)?
I don't intend a taunt in the above sentence (it's more of a tease, really, as well as a serious question to which I have heard no answer)....
"That's a serious question? It's true that the president of the United States and his extremist Christian pals have lately given us other things to worry about on the gay rights front, but I'm pretty sure that allowing gays to serve openly in the military is still part of the liberal agenda. My last post on the subject was only two months ago, and I'm sure a quick Google search would turn up plenty of other references — especially if you make "linguist" one of your search terms."
(As Tom Tomorrow points out
Kevin Drum is nicer to Hitchens than he needs to be, about the column in general; but in any case, this bit indicates a severe disconnect from reality. It's akin to the severe disconnect I've been seeing in the Conservative world in general lately, though. If I had to guess, I'd reckon it has something to do with that war they mired their wheels in, that really stupid president they hitched themselves to, not to mention the fundavangelical movement they sold their souls to.)