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Why Is the GOP Staying Quiet About Obama’s Hospital Visitation Move?

What’s that you hear? Oh, just silence from the GOP — on Obama’s decision to grant same-sex partners hospital visitation rights. Republicans and faith-based conservatives are keeping their mouths quiet about granting The Gays some piecemeal rights, which is a lovely sound. But don’t expect the GOP to cheerlead the decision. While granting all Americans the right to see their ill family members is “noncontroversial,” Republicans with any hope of re-election are taking their cues from Tea Party mandates, which means instead of being able to gather a few gay voters of their own by applauding the move, they must remain silent. After all, a Republican cannot even give a jock nod to the Obama administration without risking fallout. [NYT]