Frank Rich in an op-ed piece in today's New York Times, Just How Gay Is the Right?, traces the battle that the religious right began against gays 30 years ago and connects it to Allen Drury's Advise and Consent, later made into a great movie by Otto Preminger, for its seeming prescience.
He implies that the "anti-gay war" is actually a cover for what is the real war, and the "nuclear option" that may make it happen this week could be the precursor of things to come:
Their campaign menaces the country on a grander scale than Drury and Preminger ever could have imagined: it uses gay people as cannon fodder on the way to its greater goal of taking down a branch of government that is crucial to the constitutional checks and balances that "Advise and Consent" so powerfully extols.
The result could be more devastating than anyone can imagine.
i'm afraid. i'm very, very afraid...