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Maggie grades prez hopefuls; Potential noms not so NOM-pleasing

by Jeremy Hooper

Pawlenty: D

Thune: D+

Romney: D

Ryan: C-

Trump: D

Santorum: A

Gingrich: D

McConnell: D

Bachmann: D

Daniels: D+

Barbour: D

Bolton: F

Those D's of course have nothing to do with party affiliation. And Ryan's C- aint for conservative. Rather this is the list of failing "marriage" grades that the National Organization For Marriage's Maggie Gallagher has given to the slate of Republican presidential hopefuls who've spoken at the weekend CPAC convention. A report card unlikely to please any parents, be they opposite-sex, same-sex, or single.

And as for the one bona fide good grade, belonging to Rick Santorum? Well, Maggie admits, in full disclosure, that the former PA senator ran his speech by her ahead of time. Oh, and it's the "values issues"-deviled Santorum we're talking about here. Maggie could've written that "A" three weeks ago. So this is hardly a surprise or a positive.

All in all: It looks like Maggie's biggest fight might not be with the many loving gay couples who are sick of pausing their lives to "prove" that they're worthy of full and equal citizenship under the nation's civil laws, but rather within the one party that she has no choice but to have in her pocket. Because let's get real: When Michelle "I once hid behind some bushes to spy on a gay marriage rally" Bachmann gives a conservative speech that doesn't drop even one "protect marriage" rally canard? Well, Tea Partying Toto: I don't think we're in the Bush years anymore.

*Maggie's grades can all be found on NOM Blog

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