Despite the fact that Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act earlier today, they weren't eager to publicly defend their support for bigoted employment practices. In fact, only one Republican even bothered to speak against the bill on the Senate floor—Dan Coats of Indiana.
But even though Coats and most of his GOP colleagues voted in lockstep with social conservatives, apparently it wasn't enough for the right-wing freakshow, because:
“I’m mystified and deeply disappointed, because there are profound constitutional issues at stake here,” said the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. “The entire First Amendment is being put up for auction by this bill and it’s inexcusable that no Republican senators that are willing to stand up and defend the Constitution.”But Fischer's words were positively glowing compared to these:
“I believe they have been intimated into silence by the bullies and bigots of Big Gay,” Fischer added.
Daniel Horwitz, policy director at the Madison Project, blamed Republican leadership for not doing more to fight against the bill, and wrote on RedState that “GOP leaders refused to marshal opposition against cloture.”Actually, come to think of it, while I probably don't agree with much that Horwitz says, if he's saying that Senate Republicans are useless, I can't really argue with that. Because they are.
“With leadership that refuses to fight on anything, leaves the carcass of the fractured conference to Democrat scavenging, and completely surrenders on even the most bedrock social/liberty issues, what is left of the GOP in the Senate?” he wrote.