Sara Whitman, over at Bilerico, on Tammy Baldwin’s capitulation on Barney Frank’s political hate crime against trans people (a/k/a ENDA 3685):
I appreciate and support Congresswoman Baldwin- she was true to her beliefs. She also voted Yes to ENDA without her amendment, because, “The importance of non-discrimination laws cannot be overstated. Substantively, they provide legal remedies and a chance to seek justice.” If I were on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday? I would have voted Yes, too.
It would have made me sick. But I would have done it.
Well, that makes me sick. No amount of rationalization justifies evil.
To be fair to Sara, I kinda like how she ended the piece (except for her reiteration of support for Baldwinism):
In 1987, Massachusetts passed a gay and lesbian civil rights bill. Twenty years later, we still have no gender identity protections. The only state in the country with legally recognized gay marriage and no protections for gender expression.
As a community, we need to reframe where we are. It’s not about making chicken salad out of chicken shit, which implies making due with what we have. It’s about creating a calculated, thoughtful strategy for moving forward, building on what we have. It’s about making stone soup. I believe that’s what Congresswoman Baldwin was trying to do. Regardless, I am going to support her because I am unwilling to throw anyone under the bus.
Here’s a lesson in physics: You can’t throw someone under the bus if you’ve already been thrown under the bus yourself. Pull, perhaps; but not throw.
Even though I briefly held out hope that Baldwin might be sincere – and might succeed – I no longer believe that it was anything more than an act.
Sara, I’m glad you mentioned Massachusetts’ gay-only law. Several years before Massachusetts committed that hate crime against trans people, Wisconsin did the same thing.
You know – Wisconsin, the state Tammy Baldwin represents in Congress now?
She wasn’t in the Wisconsin Legislature in 1982, but she did serve several terms in that body prior to being elected to Congress almost a decade ago.
Did Tammy Baldwin lift a finger to rectify her state’s political hate crime against trans people? To the best of my knowledge, she did not.
If not, then why not? And, if not, why should she become a transgender insta-hero?
Even then, was she eyeing bigger things, such as Congress?
Now, unlike the purveyors of Aravosisism, I can admit when I’m wrong. I could be wrong about Rep. Baldwin. However, unless there’s something significant in her professional political history about which I’m unaware, I don’t think I am – and that lil’ bit o’ theater Wednesday afternoon should properly be referred to as Tam’s Sham.