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11/13/2012

'Why should we sign a suicide pact with the National Organization for Marriage?'

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2012-11-13 At 10.07.32 AmWhen prominent members of the party you support start framing your work as political arsenic, it might be time to rethink your strategy:

“The die is cast on this issue,” said Steve Schmidt, who advised the presidential campaigns of Senator John McCain and George W. Bush and has for years urged Republicans to accept same-sex marriage. “Why should we sign a suicide pact with the National Organization for Marriage?” Mr. Schmidt asked, saying the party should instead endorse the principles of federalism and let the states decide the matter.
Push Expands for Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage [NYT]

It remains to be seen if the GOP will continue to drink the politically toxic Kool-Aid. The truth, however, is that any astute observer of American politics sees potentially great damage attached to the NOM brand. If the GOP sticks with the NOM charade, then people like me obviously think it will be a major hindrance to the elephant's future success. But at the same time, if the GOP cuts and runs from the marriage war that this party contrived into existence, then the social conservatives that GOP still needs are likely to flee.

NOM is a partisan turd in a political punch bowl. It's going to be interesting (and possibly fun) to watch this one play out.

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