It was a good night for sodomy in America

Ken Cuccinelli goes down in Virginia, in what was a banner night for sodomy.

From Virginia to Illinois to Seattle, gay rights, and really “sex” more generally, was on the ballot, and it won in a big way.

In Virginia, family-values Tea Party aficionado Ken Cuccinelli was running for governor, and lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe. And while Republicans are trying to claim that the election, in which their guy lost, was somehow a mandate against Obamacare – again, it’s not entirely clear what mandate you’ve won when you lose – more independent observers are blaming Cuccinelli’s loss on social issues of a sexual nature, be it abortion, gay rights or sodomy.

Cuccinelli was the religious right Tea Party favorite who based his campaign on, among other things, his desire to ban all oral sex in Virginia, even between married heterosexuals.

Of course, that wasn’t the Virginia GOP’s only attempted intrusion into the voters’ bedrooms.  Virginia Republicans also thought it would be a neat idea to force women, without their consent, to have an ultrasound wand inserted into their vaginas before being permitted to exercise their constitutional right to an abortion:

This bill will require many women in Virginia to undergo vaginal penetration with an ultrasound probe against their consent in order to exercise their constitutional right to an abortion, even for nonsurgical, noninvasive, pharmaceutical abortions.

As you can imagine, the idea of forced-rape-by-instrument didn’t sit well with women.

And while Cuccinelli lost the women’s vote to Democrat Terry McAuliffe by a healthy 9 point margin, Republicans today clung to their insistence that their big loss in Virginia last night was somehow a victory for opponents of the President’s health care reform legislation.

Thrush had a good response to the bizarre “we won by losing” argument:

Greg Sargent over at the Washington Post has more analysis of the exit polls, and finds that Obamacare’s influence last night was basically a wash:

Ken Cuccinelli by Gage Skidmore.

Ken Cuccinelli by Gage Skidmore.

According to the exit polls, only 27 percent of Virginia voters saw the health law as the top issue, and among them, only a bare plurality (49-45) supported Cuccinelli. Far more (45 percent) named the economy.

It’s true 53 percent in the exit polling oppose Obamacare, versus 46 percent who support it. But as we’ve seen, the more fine grained national polling has steadily revealed a small but non-trivial percentage in the opposing camp who disapproves because it doesn’t go far enough, meaning the GOP position is a minority one. (Some pundits simply refuse to entertain these nuances of public opinion, but they exist.) National polls also show that disapproval, while real, doesn’t translate into support for getting rid of the law entirely, and that majorities want to give it a chance.

What had more influence, was women voters.  And they weren’t terribly friendly to the GOP.  MSNBC says women’s reproductive rights were front and center during last night’s vote:

The gift to the McAuliffe campaign was that the McDonnell administration, with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as a faithful warrior, went on to put restricting reproductive rights front and center on the legislative agenda.

Virginia’s abortion restrictions seized the national debate in early 2012, with forced transvaginal ultrasounds becoming both a rallying cry for newly minted activists and a punchline for comedians like Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live. McDonnell was forced to back off, at least partially, making sure only external ultrasounds would be required.

Cuccinelli himself was even more prominent in the ongoing struggle to keep Virginia’s abortion clinics open in the face of a law requiring that they convert to ambulatory surgical centers, a medically unnecessary and expensive process. When the Board of Health said existing clinics could be grandfathered in, Cuccinelli forced through changes to ensure that they wouldn’t be. (One affected clinic is suing to overturn the rules.)

Cuccinelli also said that the requirement under the Affordable Care Act that insurance plans cover contraception was so outrageous that he encouraged opponents to “go to jail” rather than comply with it. In 2007, as a state senator, heco-sponsored a personhood bill that declared that life began at fertilization, which, if enforced, would have banned common forms of birth control.

At no point did Cuccinelli stray from his roots, in contrast to McDonnell’s centrist messaging in 2009 and Romney’s attempt to project moderation in 2012. In the closing days of the race, he pursued a strategy to fire up his base, campaigning with fellow Fetal Personhood supporters Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, among others. But the state’s Tea Party base wasn’t big enough to elect Cuccinelli. “I’m not even sure there are enough voters in Utah for Cuccinelli’s message to resonate,” said Garin.

Sex also fared pretty well nationwide last night. In Houston and Seattle, we saw gay mayors win the mayoral races. And the Victory Fund (a group that supports openly-gay candidates), says 53 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender candidates won their races last night.

You know where else gays won last night? Illinois and Hawaii.

In Illinois, the state House and Senate passed legislation legalizing gay marriage. The legislation now goes to the state’s Democratic governor, who has promised to sign it.

And in Hawaii, a vote in the full Hawaii House on legislation legalizing gay marriage should take place around 3pm Eastern Time, following by a pro forma vote in the state Senate (the state Senate already passed the bill once, but need to vote again because of some technical changes to the bill). Then the legislation goes to the state’s Democratic governor for his promised signature, and gay marriages begin in Hawaii on December 2, 2013. Hawaii would then become the 15th US state to legalize gay nuptials, with Illinois becoming the 16th in June of 2014.

(14 states and DC currently permit gay couples to wed. The states that currently permit gay marriages are: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington state.)

And really, even beyond sex, progressivism won – or at the very least, conservatism lost – last night nationwide. A final thought, and warning, from Glenn Thrush at Politico:

It only seemed appropriate to end a post about victorious sodomy with this wonderful Frasier segment:


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  • sane37

    Bill Clinton is the best republican president in the last 50 years.

    By policy, not affiliation.

  • sane37

    Only if they can’t successfully block lots of us from voting.

  • Karma_HitMan

    ONE of these day they will realize the WE THE PEOPLE MEANS, EVERY ONE, but I dont expect it to be soon

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I must say, I am absolutely stunned that Rick Santorum didn’t save the day. I guess he forgot to bring the boxes of extra votes that they were supposed to magically find after the election was called, like they do in Wisconsin.

  • Monoceros Forth

    I rather like the Alaskan Way Viaduct and it’s very nice to drive down especially on a sunny day. It’s the closest thing to something that Seattle desperately needs, an alternative north-south route through the city to the hideously congested and tangled I-5. The chief practical difficulty with the Viaduct (I don’t count nebulous talk about the need to “revitalize the waterfront” and such rubbish as a practical difficulty) is that the structure might not survive another large earthquake.

  • pappyvet

    He went down but did he swallow….his pride.

  • http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Arel Harry R. Sohl

    According to anonymous source “Deep Throat 2 – The Cuccinelliing ” voters didn’t respond to surging spurts of “Obamacare being shoved down our throats” rhetoric coming breathlessly from teabaggers like Cuccinelli, ending in an explosive evening… and Cuccinelli left with egg, or something, splattered and dripping slowly off his face.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Ok that was good :) You forgot to add “ending in an explosive evening…”

  • ericxdc

    Keep this in context. It’s actually a fairly historic win: The election marked the first time since 1977 that Virginia voters went with the gubernatorial candidate from the same party as the president occupying the White House.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    San Francisco has been taking down it’s elevated sections without much fuss for years.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    There is a screwed-up mythology that the Clintons were progressive, liberal Demos—-not so, they are right-wing, corporatist blue dogs. Same with Obozo…this is the new Demo Party.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I second that!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I’ve noticed that Mr. God regularly smites Republican trailer camps with hurricanes and tornado’s in the South-land.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Bravo sir, bravao!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I have to admit I was inspired by Elizabeth Bishop on that one – studied this poem in college and have been waiting 30 years to use it :) http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15214

    The Armadillo

    This is the time of year
    when almost every night
    the frail, illegal fire balloons appear.
    Climbing the mountain height,

    rising toward a saint
    still honored in these parts,
    the paper chambers flush and fill with light
    that comes and goes, like hearts.

    Once up against the sky it’s hard
    to tell them from the stars—
    planets, that is—the tinted ones:
    Venus going down, or Mars,

    or the pale green one. With a wind,
    they flare and falter, wobble and toss;
    but if it’s still they steer between
    the kite sticks of the Southern Cross,

    receding, dwindling, solemnly
    and steadily forsaking us,
    or, in the downdraft from a peak,
    suddenly turning dangerous.

    Last night another big one fell.
    It splattered like an egg of fire
    against the cliff behind the house.
    The flame ran down. We saw the pair

    of owls who nest there flying up
    and up, their whirling black-and-white
    stained bright pink underneath, until
    they shrieked up out of sight.

    The ancient owls’ nest must have burned.
    Hastily, all alone,
    a glistening armadillo left the scene,
    rose-flecked, head down, tail down,

    and then a baby rabbit jumped out,
    short-eared, to our surprise.
    So soft!—a handful of intangible ash
    with fixed, ignited eyes.

    Too pretty, dreamlike mimicry!
    O falling fire and piercing cry
    and panic, and a weak mailed fist

  • Whitewitch

    Ohhh me likee..me likee!!!

  • HereinDC

    “Ken Cuccinelli goes down in Virginia”
    Tee hee. LOL

  • Monoceros Forth

    I drive over the thing at least once a week–really I don’t need to be shown a photo of it. What I don’t follow is why it’s a “no brainer” that it sucks.

  • emjayay

    Glad to hear it isn’t just my computer or my imagination.

  • emjayay

    According to Wikipedia:The Alaskan Way Viaduct, completed on April 4, 1953, is a double-decked elevated section of State Route 99 that runs along the Elliott Bay waterfront in the industrial district and downtown of Seattle.

    You wrote about what you called the “disastrously stupid plan to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel….” I said getting rid of it is an obvious must-do, although I didn’t know if there are alternatives to the tunnel. Turns out there were several, the tunnel won, and work was supposed to start last summer.

    The Alaskan Way Viaduct:

  • Thom Allen

    I couldn’t believe it, either, after the polls showed him leading by 8 points. It was a nail-biter, for sure.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It was an off-year election and the Cooch and his minions did pull out all the stops to rabble-rouse their monster-shouting base.

    Plus, let’s not forget that Virginia has been at the forefront of Democratic voter suppression efforts.

  • Thom Allen

    I thought of that, too. I’m wondering if many are so oppressed by their extreme right-wing spouses that they were pressured into voting for cooch. Or if they have strong religious beliefs that life begins with the egg and gays are Satan’s children. And then, there’s the group that hates Obama so much that they’d vote for anyone who opposed him, regardless of hid platform.

  • TampaZeke

    And yet, Terry only won by 2.5 points. That’s pretty fucking scary!

  • Thom Allen

    Thanks, I forgot Scott (wish we all could, permanently) and also the political plagiarizer was there, too. Of course, they, like a bad case of herpes, just won’t go away. Look how the Palin zombie keeps resurrecting itself screaming, “BRAINZ!” but never finds any.

  • TampaZeke

    Only a 9 point margin with women? That doesn’t actually speak very well for Virginia women! And the women of New Jersey are either idiots or they have Battered Stepford Wife Syndrome.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    And our wonderful governor Walker was there to help, too.

    I’m hoping that he joins the other losers in the next election.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    It’s that old “lesser of two evils” thing again.

  • Thom Allen

    And he manages to smite the bible belt with consistent regularity. You’d think that he’d be sending them milk and honey all of the time for all of the “good” work they’re doing: being bigots, spreading hate, espousing selfishness, oppressing others. Maybe he just made them real stupid and, in another century or so, they’ll finally start to get it.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’m not that excited about Virginia either, given McAuliffe’s history.

  • http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Arel Harry R. Sohl

    Ken Cuccinelli goes down in Virginia, in what was a banner night for sodomy. Cuccinelli’s campaign endured a slow grind as competitor McAuliffe snick in through the back door after a long, bumpy ride. The last minute thrust in McAuliffe’s poll numbers was indicative of this electorate’s pounding, undulating, quivering division on social issues.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Yeah, for an all-powerful perfect being, he sure has a large number of insufficiencies. Not to mention an odd sense of logic.

    And yes, he does need a lot of work on the smiting thing, too.

    I think that God must be getting old, with failing eyesight, poor physical coordination and might even have a touch of senility. His past smitings, as reported in the bible, seemed to be a hell of a lot more accurate and direct.

    It might be time to put him in a home.

  • Thom Allen

    Something else to be happy about – frothy went to VA to help bro Ken stop sodomy, expand ultrasound access to women’s vaginas, promote personhood from hardon on to birth, preach the gospel of hate and he lost again, too.

  • MyrddinWilt

    The shift at the end of the race was an entirely predictable squeeze on the Libertarian candidate.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It’s all circular ‘logic’ anyway. If they lose, they claim either the forces of evil prevailed or it’s some kind of test from God.

    Plus, let’s not forget their selective memories and masterful ability to rewrite history to be anything they need it to be.

    I always find myself wanting to ask, “If your God is omniscient and omnipotent, why does he need to drown children with hurricanes to make it clear he hates gay people? Why doesn’t he smite just those who offend him? For that matter, why did he send Katrina against all those poor African American folks and avoided Bourbon Street almost entirely? Is his aim that crappy?”

  • Whitewitch

    Oh I hate that at WaPo…I feel like a scrolling freak.

  • Whitewitch

    Wow that was fast…

  • Monoceros Forth

    How does that follow? I don’t see what you’re getting at.

  • emjayay

    I think it’s the WaPo where every time anyone posts a comment while you are typing the whole thing jumps down and you have to keep chasing down your comment to continue typing. Completely inexplicable.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Ha! Manpower is just not cuttin’ it anymore!

    *Ducks*

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Fortunately, he’s already been shown to the door.

  • Monoceros Forth

    You’re right about that. God must really suck at His job if his designated agents on Earth screw up so often. Maybe He needs to use a better staffing agency.

  • emjayay

    I don’t know the particular issues and alternatives in Seattle, but getting rid of elevated freeways built in cities in the 50’s, when waterfronts were working areas full of ships and trucks before containerization, is a total no-brainer. Maybe there were better replacement alternatives, but there is no alternative to getting rid of the things.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Well, they all claim that God speaks to them, telling them to run and that they will win.

    Funny, we never hear anything about God when they lose.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    You’re giving him too much credit. It would be an uphill climb for this guy to be stupid.

  • Monoceros Forth

    At no point did Cuccinelli stray from his roots, in contrast to McDonnell’s centrist messaging in 2009 and Romney’s attempt to project moderation in 2012. In the closing days of the race, he pursued a strategy to fire up his base, campaigning with fellow Fetal Personhood supporters Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, among others.

    I daresay there’s a fallacy among right-wing American Christians that really and truly they are the true voice of the people. The fantasy says: a rightist candidate with the courage to be sufficiently “principled” and sufficiently “conservative”, that is to say sufficiently fanatical and sex-obsessed in his religiosity, will win over the support of the vast, disfranchised mass of voters who have hitherto been driven into silence by the immorality and venality of American politics. So Cuccinelli figured that if he doubled down on his sex obsession all the “values voters” would wake up and vote for him. Probably they did. And so he lost.

  • Monoceros Forth

    *guffaws* What an maroon that guy is. Was he really so stupid to think that copying other sources verbatim isn’t instantly detectable these days?

  • JohnnyZ77

    Nineteenth century throwbacks like “AynRandWasRight” and Cuccinelli are of course at the bottom of the evolutionary curve. They want bigotry “normalized,” but to no avail, right wingers are naturally very ignorant, very evil and very stupid.

  • Monoceros Forth

    A touch, a touch, I do confess! But, seriously, the Seattle Times (a fairly conservative paper) is enthusiastically reporting this morning that Murray’s election heralds a “more collaborative leadership” in Seattle, i.e. a leadership more deeply in bed with business interests. Trust me, McGinn’s defeat is not good news for this town.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Yes, true equality has been realized when gay people have equal opportunity to be as corrupt as straight people :)

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Yeah, Skype also does that when you’re in text chat mode. Which I only use before I ring someone up.

  • Whitewitch

    Jealous much?

  • Monoceros Forth

    Yeah, I’m not too happy about the Seattle results. Mike McGinn had some guts. He earned enemies, for example, by opposing as long as he could the disastrously stupid plan to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel (through the Denny Regrade!) that will be more expensive and handle less traffic than any of the other options but which will be a huge windfall for developers thirsting after waterfront property to exploit. Murray, gay or not, looks like an establishment candidate well lubed up with corporate money.

  • Whitewitch

    I agree…sort of like when you are waiting for a response on IM and it tells you they are answering, but you might as well have called.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    I’ve seen it, and it frustrates me that some people type so slowly :) Of course, I type fast but make a lot of mistakes and that probably frustrates other people, too.

  • AndyinChicago

    I don’t know how excited you should be about Seattle. From the coverage I’ve read, Murray was the corporate choice who won over the true progressive. It might be good news in the roundabout way that we’re at the point that being gay isn’t a big deal when running for office, but your positions on other subjects still should be.

  • Whitewitch

    Resistance is futile my Monoceros Forth…it will get you

  • Monoceros Forth

    I’m trying to ignore it myself :p

  • Whitewitch

    Hey…anyone else like the “one other person is typing” message on Disqus now…I find myself waiting for it to stop and post so I can be the first to read the new typed message…oh no a new addiction.

  • Whitewitch

    Yuck…it is still early here in California and I am trying to drink my coffee…yuck and yuck.

  • Whitewitch

    It seems most republican males don’t get that women can (a) now vote; and (b) don’t vote the same way their husband might want (or tell) them too. When they pull the little curtain, they giggle and pull the lever that represents them and then go home and cook dinner.

  • Chef Kowalski

    Rand is currently scouring the Internet for an article on why actually didn’t vote for pro-gay candidates so he can plagiarize it.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Well, we can’t all have sex lives as pathological as Rand’s, eh sport? ;)

  • AynRandWasRight

    Hooray for faggots! What could be more important than normalizing it? YEAH!!

  • cole3244

    bend over rw con america i think i love you.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    He no longer has an excuse for not going down on his wife.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    BJ parties everywhere in VA tonight!

  • John De Salvio

    Ken Cuccinelli goes down? Yet another closet case!

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