Tale of Two Robinsons

Good morning. As much as I would like to talk in depth about Thomas Robinson this morning, I feel compelled instead to share with you a brief story about Vernon Robinson, who is a Republican challenger in a Congressional district in North Carolina.

Thomas Robinson, for those of you who haven't already read the New York Times this morning, is an accounting professor in Florida who has just been determined to be the first American identified as a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. Imagine using that line-- and meaning it-- at a singles bar. Vernon Robinson, for those of you who didn't read the Washington Post on Saturday, has brilliantly (and when I say "brilliantly" I really mean "insanely") cobbled together the immigration and same-sex marriage issues to produce what has to be the worst political ad of the early campaign season.

As the Post's Peter Baker reported Saturday, Vernon Robinson "has aired a radio ad attacking Democratic Rep. Brad Miller with mariachi music playing in the background: 'Brad Miller supports gay marriage and sponsored a bill to let American homosexuals bring their foreign homosexual lovers to this county on a marriage visa. If Miller had his way, America would be nothing but one big fiesta for illegal aliens and homosexuals.' " Nice. Can you imagine what the presumably pro-horde Genghis Khan would do to Vernon Robinson if the two were in a fighting pit together?

But get used to it. Whatever the legal merits or necessity of a same-sex marriage amendment to the Constitution, the political fallout from this week's morality play is going to read from now until November like scripture from the Book of Vernon. Politicians who do not support the amendment are going to be pilloried as enemies of all that is decent about America. And voters will be bombarded with outrageous ads like the one Vernon Robinson already has trotted out against Miller. Ick.

By  |  June 6, 2006; 9:00 AM ET
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