This interview is a little dated (it’s pre-The Social Network) but it’s the most personal one I’ve ever seen of him. He truly is brilliant, talks about his addiction to crack while writing West Wing, how he has stayed clean for ten years, and why he hates Sarah Palin.
Last Friday MSNBC host Martin Bashir spoke a harsh truth about Sarah Palin in response to her remarks comparing the national debt to slavery. It’s well-known Sara Palin is just one small thump to the head from being institutionalized, and Bashir took the bait. Bashir said she could never understand the atrocities of slavery without experiencing them herself, and went on to reference a slave owner who made his slaves literally eat shit as a punishment.
Now with Teabagistan headlines like “Martin Bashir Said Someone Should Sh*t in Sara Palin’s Mouth” causing quite a fuss, he has issued an apology.
News flash from Palinlandia: An Alaska state judge has ruled that same-sex couples are legally entitled to the same senior citizen and disabled veteran property tax exemptions as opposite-sex couples.
When Zander posted yesterday about the recent poll saying that 46% of Republicans in Mississippi think that interracial marriage should be illegal, I was flabbergasted. So I decided to do some digging to see exactly what this poll found and I’m beginning to get a little suspicious. First of all Mississippi doesn’t have partisan voter registration, so it’s hard to say how exactly PPP came up with their sample. Secondly the poll is actually supposed to represent ‘usual Mississippi Republican primary voters’ and I’m pretty sure saying that ‘usual Mississippi Republican primary voters’ represent the views of the whole Republican Party in Mississippi is a bit like saying that these people are representative of the Democratic party.
Beyond that the headline that 46% of Mississippi Republicans think interracial marriage should be illegal is getting a lot of play but check out this crosstab that compares support for interracial marriage by ideology:
What this is saying is that of the people in the poll who identify as “Very Liberal” 55% think interracial marriage should be illegal and a whopping 71% of people who identify who identify as “Somewhat liberal” think the same. But wait there’s more!
Based on the headline, I bet you think this post is about Republicans being opposed to gay marriage. If you do, you are wrong. In a recent survey, 46% of Republicans are opposed to interracial marriages. Additionally, only 40% believe that the marriages that are already performed should stay legal.
Dan Savage hopes they’ll join the Prime Minister of Britian, a Conservative Party leader, and make a “It Gets Better” video. Savage notes that not a single leader of the right in the United States has stepped up and taken the opportunity to speak to young gay people about suicide.
We’d love to see it too, but we, as we hope with Dan, are not holding our breath.
Time magazine has 10 Questions for Dan Savage.