As the Independent says:
Iraq is going to hell in a hand-basket. The trade and budget deficits are spinning out of control, and petrol prices have gone through the roof. Yet the US Senate has devoted two days to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage that everyone knew had not the slightest hope of passage.Bush once said something along the following lines:
You can't fool all of the people all of the time. But you can fool some of the people all of the time. And they're the one's you've gotta focus on!Problem is, George, the numbers are dwindling. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me sixteen times, well.... you won't be fooled no more, you know?
If anything however, yesterday was a setback. Supporters had been hoping for more than 50 votes in favour. Instead, they hardly fared better than in 2004, when a similar procedural vote was narrowly rejected, by a 48-50 margin.
... the Senate is now to address the outlawing of flag-burning, another issue dear to the hearts of true believers, but of limited relevance to ordinary Americans.