Maggie Gallagher has made a career (and a very nice living) out of trying to block marriage equality at every turn. But even Maggie has to face up to reality. In her latest blog post, Gallagher lovingly dwells on all the defeats her side has endured in the past few months, and then goes on to blame Christian conservatives–present company excepted, of course– of “doing politics stupidly and on the cheap.”
Maggie has already pretty much conceded defeat on marriage equality, but now she’s wallowing in it. She looks at three recent defeats–Brendan Eich being forced out of Mozilla, Prop 8 attorney Charles Cooper hosting his daughter’s same-sex wedding, and the failure of the right-to-discriminate bill in Arizona–and sees the Apocalypse.
“Will we accept living in an America where we have to be afraid to say ‘marriage is the union of husband and wife because children need a mother and a father’?” Gallagher asks. “Or will they have to force us, through raw and ugly power, to live in that America?”
Now, the “they” is never quite defined, and the “raw and ugly” power is what is elsewhere called public opinion. And this is where Gallagher loses contact with reality. If only conservatives would man up and spend vast sums of money (some of which would no doubt slosh onto Maggie), they could reverse this!
“To win a space for us at the American table, we are going to need to invest large amounts of money in new and directly political institution—organizations capable of unelecting those who would shut us out, and those capable of rewarding the courage of those who agree with us,” Gallagher insists. “It cannot be all c3 [501c3, or nonprofit] messaging and pastor organizing from here on out. We get serious or we get rolled.”
Here’s the problem: no amount of money can create enough voters to reverse the trends. Short of only allowing conservative Christians to vote–and we hate to plant ideas–the demographics are against Gallagher and her ilk. Gallagher can find purists who support her, but she can’t get them elected. As long as there is a sentient alternative over the age of 35, Rick Santorum will never be President.
Of course, Gallagher could never admit that maybe Cooper has the right idea. (In fact, she says, “I do not see how someone faithful to the Biblical or the natural law underlying it, can host a gay wedding.”) All she can do is she despair and rage.
She does credit her opponents, though, in a kind of backhanded way: “Here’s the truth: Two percent of the American population, worked a cultural revolution. Hats off to them.”
Thanks. We think.