Some find Mike Waddoups especially hard to stomach this session.
His parochial silliness around alcohol legislation, his refusal as Utah Senate president to lead his body into the 20th century—let alone the 21st—make him an attractive target for criticism.
But it was his latest wrist-slapping of openly homophobic Sen. Chris Buttars that got him in trouble with his own conservatives, certainly a dose of schadenfreude for those on the other side of this issue.
"Timid Republican Leadership Caves to Pressure" was the headline of a press release from Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs with Liberty Counsel, who contends that Waddoups threw Chris Buttars under the bus driven by "an anti-Christian homosexual hate group (the Human Rights Campaign)."
“If you need a prime example of why the Republican Party is presently spiraling into the abyss of political irrelevancy, you need look no further than to Utah,” said Barber. “The conservative majority in both Utah and across the country is starved for leaders who will represent the traditional values upon which our great nation was founded, and who will do so boldly and unapologetically.
"Sen. Buttars has done just that. He was elected in Utah to represent his constituents and the conservative values they hold near and dear. He’s been tested and has passed that test. By bucking left-wing extremism and speaking truth in plain and simple terms, Buttars has shown true leadership.
“Unfortunately, Senate President Waddoups has failed the same test. He’s responded in exactly the wrong way. No one should be surprised that HRC and other radical leftists are calling for Buttars’ head on a silver platter. That’s what bullies do when they don’t like what they hear. The self-styled proponents of ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ are the most intolerant and hateful among us.“He’s indirectly told every American who holds a biblical view of sexual morality and who rightfully believes that radical homosexual activism poses a grave threat to our American culture, that they should be ashamed of these traditional beliefs – that they should keep these beliefs to themselves."
Barber goes on to direct his readers to deluge Waddoups with e-mails commanding him to reinstate Buttars to his post as chairman of the Judiciary Committee and publicly apologize.