The Proposition 8 trial is almost Orwellian. Take a look at this except of comments from Andy Pugno, Chief Counsel for Yes on 8:
Several times Judge Walker interrupted the plaintiffs to question whether the state should be “in the marriage business” at all, asking if the plaintiffs would be happy with eliminating marriage altogether-and allowing only domestic partnerships for both man/woman and same-sex couples. Amazingly the plaintiffs testified that would be acceptable to them. They actually said: if same-sex couples can’t have marriage, then no one should. Obviously, the elimination of marriage for everybody is certainly not what the people of California , or the nation, have in mind as an appropriate solution to this debate.
Both from the opening arguments delivered by plaintiffs’ attorney Ted Olson, and the witness testimony, it is clear that our opponents are trying to re-characterize Prop 8-which simply restored the age-old meaning of marriage-as part of a agenda of hate and discrimination against gays and lesbians. One attorney said as much, claiming that Prop 8 promotes hate crimes against gays and lesbians, depression, homelessness, etc. These claims are preposterous, and we hope that they will be seen as such as the trial progresses.
Rick Keene is pushing out ahead, making several appearances to grass-roots clubs and countering the Team Ose endorsement list. Recent campaign emails detail appearances in Tehama and Shasta Counties.
Lastly, a Paper in Fresno reports that both Devin Nunes and Tom McClintock will be endorsing Richard Pombo.
It would not surprise me to see Tom McClintock endorse Pombo. The Devin Nunes endorsement is a complete slap in Denham’s face, coupled with the flip of McCarthy and shows that Devin knows that Pombo will be the true ally to getting the water back on to the Central Valley.
Note that alleged Blue Dogs, Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza have voted with Pelosi 97% of the time – including joining George Miller in favoring the Bay Area over the farmers of the Central Valley.
Judgement Day is coming – Dennis Cardoza had better be nervous.
Update: Dan Logue’s AB-32 Repeal Bill died a partisan death – paving the way for the California Jobs Initiative to continue rolling forward with signature gathering…