I kind of feel bad for Gov. Jim Douglas. I am sure that there are things for which he will be remembered. I don't live in Vermont, so I'm not really sure what they are. I do know however that he won't be remembered as a civil rights champion.
A bump after the cut.
Today's vote in Vermont is historic. It is the first legislatively passed Marriage Equality Bill. It takes away yet another argument of the right wing and their "Judicial Activism" mantra.
Not only did the Vermont Legislature have the courage of conviction to enact this law, they had the courage to pass it and then defend that passage in the face of someone who is about 13 minutes short of his 15 minutes of fame.
Gov. Jim something or other didn't veto the bill because of religious convictions. He didn't veto it because of the will of his constituents - the majority actually supports it. He didn't even do it because of any sort of separation of powers or freedom of religion aspect or anything.
He vetoed it because in his mind he has more important things to do.
History will remember Vermont as the first state to legislatively enact marraige. It will remember this day as another solid marker in the move forward.
History will not remember Jimmy's "contribution." It has more important things to do.