Why is reality so liberally biased against J.D. Hayworth?

Former congressman tries to defend his comments about man-horse marriage, non-existent quote


Alex Koppelman
March 16, 2010 6:20PM (UTC)

Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., was on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show" Monday night. He talked with Maddow about a few different things -- one of them, of course, his recent comments about same-sex marriage leading to marriage between people and horses, which he tried to defend. It didn't go well.

As I noted in my post on the subject yesterday, Hayworth's whole premise was faulty, as it started from a quote that just plain doesn't exist. He said that when the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, it defined marriage as simply "the establishment of intimacy." In fact, that phrase never appears in the court's decision.

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Maddow, too, called Hayworth on this, and he didn't have an answer. Instead, he went a sort of post-modern route:

MADDOW: [W]hat you said about the establishment of intimacy being the definition of marriage in Massachusetts, I don't think it's true, sir.

HAYWORTH: Well, that's fine. You and I can have a disagreement about that.

MADDOW: Well, it either is true or it isn't. It's empirical.

HAYWORTH: OK. OK.

MADDOW: All right.

HAYWORTH: Well, I appreciate the fact that we have a disagreement on that.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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