Matt Barber: Prop 8 strategy built on PR. I know, I was there

We all know that “protect marriage” rhetoric is a carefully focused group notion mention to cover up the discriminatory truth attached to all anti-LGBT campaigns. And more and more, we’re hearing rogue members of the “pro-family” movement admit as much:


You gotta admire the loose lips, if not the intent on sinking our ships.

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Obama to Connecticut AIDS Hecklers: Why Do You Think This Is A Useful Strategy?

The president’s speech was interrupted by AIDS hecklers at a stop in Connecticut yesterday, prompting him to address them directly.

‘Let me just say this,’ he said, addressing the hecklers. ‘You’ve been appearing at every rally we’ve been doing. ‘We’re funding global Aids,’ he continued defensively. ‘And the other [Republican] side is not. ‘So I don’t know why you think this is a useful strategy to take,’ he finished, jabbing his finger angrily in the direction of the hecklers. The crowds boos turned to cheers as Mr Obama – who was in the state campaigning for Democrat Richard Blumenthal – spoke. ‘So, what we would suggest,’ he added, ‘I think it would make a lot more sense for you guys to go to the folks who aren’t interested in funding global Aids and shout at that rally. Because we’re trying to focus on figuring out how to finance the things that you want financed.’

Then he turned to another group of hecklers on his other side, adding: ‘You guys same thing.’ As more chants filled the rally, he said: ‘Alright, you guys have made your point, now let’s go.’ Fighting to regain the momentum of the rally, he held his hands up saying: ‘Everybody – we’re alright. ‘Come on guys,’ he said. He then fell silent again, watching with pursed lips as the crowd booed the hecklers once more. The President waited nearly 20 seconds for the noise to stop, then attempted again to continue with his speech.

Joe. My. God.

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New NOM/Iowa For Freedom strategy: Iowa judges wrong b/c of distance from Boston

*NOTE: This is the ad referenced in this post.


*UPDATE: What scholar Mark McCormick actually said, sans fear noises and editing:

There is no such thing as an ‘activist judge,’ in the sense that I’m aware of — in the sense of a judge who does not believe that he or she is carrying out his or her responsibility — it’s really just common knowledge, I think, among members of the bar and the judiciary that the role of the courts is to interpret and to assure that the statutes and constitution are enforced, and it’s not activist to interpret the Equal Protection Clause of the federal and state constitutions to a situation following precedent.


*MORE: McCormick calls out the campaign for what it is, while IFF head Bob Vander Plaats refuses to tell the public where the money’s coming from:

Good As You

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How the White House strategy on DADT ‘backfired’ — with some help from bloggers and activists

Politico’s Josh Gerstein has an examination of the White House approach to the repeal of DADT — and how the White House screwed it up. I think Gerstein captured it quite well. The White House let Robert Gates call the shots. And, whoever agreed to the drawn out process, whether it was Jim Messina or the President himself, didn’t think through the political consequences of waiting. And, no one factored in the Log Cabin Republicans lawsuit. It also seems clear that at least some groups, most likely HRC and CAP, but not SLDN or Servicemembers United, went along with the White House strategy. Apparently, none of the so-called “leaders” thought through the political ramifications. And, they all underestimated the activism of LGBT blogs and GetEQUAL:

What the White House’s slow-but-steady approach failed to anticipate was the rise of online activism by repeal advocates and the impatience those advocates would show based on polls indicating as many as 75 percent of Americans support “don’t ask” repeal.

While many organized gay groups deferred to a greater or lesser extent to the White House’s strategy and timeline, bloggers like John Aravosis and in-your-face protesters like Dan Choi did not. The online activists and upstart groups never bought into the wait-for-the-Pentagon approach, even after Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented historic testimony in February endorsing an end to “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

And after Democrats began to suffer electoral defeats earlier this year in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts, gay advocates began to fear that Obama’s plan to defer legislation on the subject to 2011 might doom the repeal effort altogether if Republicans took one or both chambers of Congress.

“We started to worry it’s not going to get done if we don’t get it wrapped up this year,” said Alex Nicholson of Servicemembers United.

This is one key point:

The White House’s Plan A involved a Pentagon study for release in December 2010, followed by legislation thereafter.

The President said in the State of the Union that he was going to work to repeal DADT “this year.” But, that didn’t really mean it would be accomplished “this year.” Not at all. But, some of us realized that next year would be impossible given the unfolding political situation.

Bottom line: It’s a mess. There’s a hearing on the DOJ’s request for a stay today at 2:30 PM PT in Judge Phillips’ court. That process still has to play out. And, we’ll hear a lot about the lame duck session. But, unless the President does become “actively involved,” as promised by Robert Gibbs, it won’t happen. Plus, Obama has to make sure Robert Gates approves. Gates is in charge here.


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Worst midterm political strategy ever: “Terror Babies”

I know the GOP is bereft of ideas to run on for the midterms, but the idea that Mexican women are intent on engaging in slo-mo terror by crossing the border, giving birth to kids, who are then U.S. citizens and then take them off to train them to be future terrorists is beyond reason.

This appears to be the pet project of the deranged Rep. Louie Gohmert of TX, who goes into full live television combat mode with Anderson Cooper, further increasing the possibility that other colleagues fomenting this insane political football, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, are going to soon declare Gohmert radioactive.

Poor Anderson attempts to engage in a conversation with this Congressman, but alas, TEH CRAZY takes over.  
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