"They're mean. They want to talk about being nice. They're the meanest buggers I have ever seen."The response has been predictable. But really, Senator Buttars isn't saying anything different than what Anthony Asadullah Samad wrote in the LA Progressive last December,
“It's just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it’s been taken over by the radical side.”
"the gay backlash against African Americans was vicious and vile. Oh, now we was “Ni**gers” again."Indeed. Was there a lot of meanness on display during and after Proposition 8? Yes, there was. Does that mean the entire gay community is mean? No, it doesn't. In fact, Samad's column is an argument to not listen to the more radical voices in the gay rights movement calling for riots after the Prop 8 vote. It was a plea to not be "taken over by the radical side."
As foolish as it was - because of the predictable response - Senator Buttars' metaphor works.