Maybe I'm a big sissy, but the use of "wedge issues" in politics scares the living you-know-what out of me. This is not just because wedge issues are so damnably effective, and it's not just because they are so injurious to causes I hold dear -- which they sure as hell are.
I'm a gay man who has watched in dejection as same-sex marriage -- wielded as a wedge -- drove the passage of anti-gay constitutional amendments or initiatives in 37 states. I'm an environmentalist who has watched in disbelief as calls for action on climate -- wielded as a wedge -- drove the conquest of the Republican Party by climate deniers.
Case in point: when GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney recently declared that "humans contribute" to climate change, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh gleefully went for the kill. "Bye-bye, nomination. Another one down," Limbaugh chortled, figuratively waving Romney's scalp.
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