Get ready for a politician-like sidestep on
“failure to vote is a violation of the oath of office we all take to uphold the constitution.”
Exactly the point. Choosing its words in a Clintonian manner, the Globe Editorial page now hedges its former stand that a vote should be taken:
Legislators need not fear the wrath of their constituents if they move against advancing the gay marriage ban to the ballot.
Note that the editorial now uses the term “move against” advancing the petition rather than “vote against” it. This will give them a fig leaf to claim consistency, which is not the forte of the Globe’s editorial cloister. Earlier this year when consideration of the initiative was postponed until after the election the same editorialists wrote:
Still, delay is far better than killing the proposal by refusing to take it up, or by other legislative trickery.
I doubt they will say the same thing if “legislative trickery” prevails today. Worse still is the Globe’s whine about the social cost of this constitutional process:
Unfortunately, anyone who has followed the ballot questions to ban gay marriage in other states has a foreboding of what can be expected here: costly, manipulative TV ads; relentless talk show vitriol; a painful divide between neighbors and within families; a coarsening of the public debate. This isn't the kind of state we believe most voters want
Horrors! Is this the kind of state we want to be, a constitutional democracy? Maybe we should just let the
“In democracy, a majority is supposed to rule,” Isaacson said. “We have a majority on our side; that should suffice. But it doesn't in this circumstance.”
Her complaint is with the Constitution, then, which specifies this process? This sounds much like the whine of a middle school child, but the Globe compliantly prints it and does not ask a follow-up question.
The Massachusetts Constitution is about to take a hit, but since for a few more weeks we have a Republican governor (and because it is in his political interest to push this point) the question may yet come to a vote.