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11/21/2011

Stepped in deep Dede: Newt apologizes for backing moderate, marriage equality fan;

by Jeremy Hooper

Very interesting that Newt Gingrich would isolate this as one of the eighteen "attacks" for which he must answer if he wants to be the GOP's presidential nominee:

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http://www.newt.org/answers#Dede

As many of you know, this is the 2009 race that the National Organization For Marriage turned into a referendum on same-sex marriage (with truly nasty mailers), and which they've used ever since to show their "toughness" against lawmakers who support equality. Even though the NOM-backed Hoffman ultimately lost to Democrat Bill Owens (turning the state Democratic for the first time since the Civil War), the organization and its conservative pals have tried everything in their power to turn "Scozzafaving" into a verb: Their ability to browbeat Dede out of the race being supposed "proof" of NOM's power to make an example out of those Republicans who stand on the right side of history. It's the exact same tactic they're using in NY now, in regards to the Republicans who stood with this year's successful marriage equality bill.

So it's just interesting that Gingrich -- who was staunch in his Scozzafava support and critical of those who criticized it -- would see a need to highlight this, his failure to endorse a losing candidate, here two years later, when he needs the anti-marriage-equality social conservatives in his corner. If by "interesting," one means "political calculation above principle."

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