Is Ted Kennedy the right person to be criticizing the character of his ideological opponents?
"...This so-called Federal Marriage Amendment should really be called the Republican Right Wing 2006 Electoral Strategy Amendment because it is more about rallying an extreme base to vote than about solving a problem. Proponents use fear tactics and claim that marriage is under attack by activist judges ... A vote for this amendment is a vote for bigotry - pure and simple."
Wouldn't it be better for everyone if he were to instead say that "I respectfully disagree with the sentiments motivating the citizens who support this bill. Most of them are honorable people with honorable intentions and I hope to persuade them in the coming weeks that they are wrong and why."