Oooh, oooh, a summer election! Are you as excited as….nobody?
In the US, Barack Obama will be quite showy today in introducing a new bill that grants — wait for it — equal benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees (big deal — we did that in Canada a decade ago!).
Activists are hardly impressed, since they're still holding a grudge over the Obama administration's comparison of gay marriage to incest (they're so sensitive!) and the lack of action on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." What's especially sad about Obama's cowardice on these issues is that the rest of the country seems to be way ahead of him.
Obama could use a distraction right about now and hooray, hope and change have arrived in the ever-reliable form of the Republican Sex Scandal! Oh, how we've missed you! Yes, Nevada's Republican Senator and "defender of traditional marriage" John Ensign seems to have had trouble defending his own. Watch the delightful Rachel Maddow tear into him: