I must remind everyone once again that Peter Beinart, like so may centrist contrarians, was wrong about many things other than the Iraq War. You may remember his claim that the New York courts refusing to end the state’s marriage discrimination was the best thing ever to happen to same-sex marriage rights in New York. Well, as we were reminded again today, this was and remains egregiously false. (Depressingly but not surprisingly, 8 Senate Democrats hopped on the bigotry train.)
In a rational world, the comparison of New York and Maine on the one hand with Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecutcuit, and Iowa on the other would put the countermobilization myth to bed once and for all. Alas, if you’re pitching articles contrarianism sells a lot better than rationality.