Wedge politics is the best we can do?

Part of me is beginning to root for this travesty:

President Bush will promote a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on Monday, the eve of a scheduled Senate vote on the cause that is dear to his conservative backers.

I haven’t changed my opposition to the proposed amendment. It would still be a stain on the Constitution. It would still require, which it would eventually receive, another amendment to repeal it. The process would be long, tedious, and divisive. It’s the antithesis of the American experiment in limited government.

But it could have positive benefits. In the eye of history, its supporters will be seen as the bigoted, anti-liberty meddlers they are. And the amendment, and its future repeal, would be a lesson for future generations in how to truly preserve the rights of all citizens. Of course, we still haven’t learned from the 18th and 21st Amendments.

Never mind. The proposed amendment must die a public death. Again.