Kaminsky and Stephens agree: civil-unions debate hurt GOP

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Ross Kaminky’s “Backbone Radio” may have a silly name, but the show is often a good place to find conservatives airing out their differences in an intelligent fashion.

Kaminsky has guests with different views, mostly nuances of conservative opinion, but still. And Kamninsky himself, though usually falling in line with the GOP establishment, isn’t always predictable. And he’ll ask his guests uncomfortable questions.

For example, on his show Sunday, he interviewed Rep. Amy Stephens about SB 200, the insurance-exchange bill that now appears to be dead. He had a Tea Party activist on as well, in a different segment, to give his conservative audience red meat of various cuts.

But at the end of his interview with Stephens, Kaminsky decided to ask Stephens about the civil unions bill, which Republicans in a State House Committee killed in a party-line vote last week.

Stephens repeated her standard line on civil unions, which is that the issue should go to the ballot.

But then Kaminsky said to Stephens:

“I do think in the long run, I think this issue is going to end up hurting Republicans. I mean, not you and not where you live, but when we need to get independent voters, and we keep spending so much time on what looks like, you know, gay bashing, I think it’s bad news.”

Stephens essentially agreed with Kaminsky that issue will hurt Republicans.

“Oh, I hear you. I hear you. Right. And if you look at SB 200, the actual opposite could be said too, right. Will it hurt you in a conservative district where TPs [vote in larger numbers] and be great in Arapahoe or whatever.  These are the things you and I talk about. Is it good policy bad politics? I’m up there to try to craft something good, and work hard at it, and come up with solutions. You’re the same way. I mean, you’re a solution-oriented person. The politics are rough.”

This is the kind of honest debate that you can find on Kaminsky’s show sometimes.

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  1. I’m frankly stunned at these two admissions. On civil unions, Stephens is fully aware that the GOP leadership’s scuttling of the bill is potentially fatal for their long-term interests, yet can’t acknowledge the simple solution wholly within her control: let the bill pass.  

    • nancycronknancycronk says:

      that they forced a decision to deny civil rights to tens of thousands of Coloradans whose lives will continue to be impacted negatively, and all they can think of is how it hurts the party? Shameless @#$%^&*s.  

  2. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    She reminds me of Tom Tancredo: affable and friendly on the radio, but then she goes and does the same old hateful, bigoted stuff.

    It’s incredibly short-sighted for the Republicans too. Had they let the civil unions bill get to the floor, it would have passed with Republican support because IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. Nearly everyone now knows someone who is gay – and guess what, people, they are by and large pretty darn normal! Just like everyone else: seeking love and stability – and the right to be LEFT ALONE and to lead their own lives.

    Had the civil unions bill passed, the question of whether a civil union is the “same” as marriage would be pretty much irrelevant in Colorado. But as it is, the image in a lot of independent voters’ minds in Colorado is a Republican Party dominated by people like that idiotic little old lady going on and on before a Colorado statehouse committee about “the anus.”  

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