Bush is pushing for a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
He's doing it because his approval rating is at an appalling 29%. It has dropped this low because even his usual, reliable, hatey-hatin' conservative base is abandoning him.
He's doing it, even though such an amendment has no chance of garnering the two-thirds Congressional vote it would require to come before the states, because he needs to fire up the haters.
It's his version of Get Out the Vote.
A proposed anti-flag-burning amendment went nowhere (though Frist is going to resurrect it any day now), and the abortion issue is simply, realistically, too supercharged (read: most people are glad we have access to safe, legal abortion) to put to a Constitutional test.
Bush's base — his ultraconservative, evangelical, family-loving, wimmen-hatin' righty boys — are sorely pissed off at having received none of the hate-filled goodie bags Bush "promised" them at the time of his re-election, and they're threatening not to vote at all this time.
"Give us air kisses or else!" they insist, religiously but unmeekly.
And the Decider blows the Discriminators air kisses, devil breath and all.
They know they're being pandered to.
They just wanted to throw some Nerf power around.
So Bush is throwing them a Nerf bone.
Be sure and get to the polls tomorrow.
Update: So all during Bush's speech this afternoon, the wingnut religious right leaders who are demanding these mean, substanceless sops were hidden from camera view. White House doesn't want to let real 'Murkans know who's pushing around our war preznit.