Thursday, December 29, 2011

NOM: Wet Dreams and Nightmares

Last year, National Organization for Marriage managed to spend $1.1 million more than they took in. Gay hate is getting more expensive. Aside from bloated salaries and fancy offices, Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher managed to make some spectacularly boneheaded expenditures. NOM's misadventures continue this year in Iowa.

NOM is breathless over the apparent surge of Rick Santorum. Mr. frothy mix is NOM's wet dream for President. Meanwhile NOM has launched an expensive advertising campaign opposing Ron Paul. According to Brian Brown:
Quite frankly, Ron Paul is worse on marriage than even Barack Obama.
Personally, I think that Ron Paul is an antisemitic, racist, homophobic crackpot. He is also a reconstructionist Christian. To suggest that he is more supportive of marriage equality than Barack Obama is monumentally moronic. Paul supports DOMA. Paul's "offense" was to refuse to sign NOM's idiotic pledge. Among other things, the pledge first obligates the signer, as President, to champion a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman

First of all, amending the Constitution does not involve the President.  What is required is a two-thirds majority of both houses of Congress and then ratification by three-fourths of the states (38). Since the Bill of Rights only 23 proposals have accomplished this. That NOM could be successful is highly improbable. In point of fact it would be nearly impossible.

Even more improbable than the pledged constitutional amendment is that either Paul or Santorum will be the GOP nominee. Let alone the next President of the United States. In the last cycle, Mike Huckabee won the Iowa Caucus. It is increasingly irrelevant.

Spending large sums to prevent Paul from winning the Iowa Caucus is astonishingly stupid. Nevertheless, it sure is fun to watch.
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