Frank Schubert has been the brains behind the anti-marriage ballot battles. He formulated the campaign for Proposition 8 in California, energizing the base, raising buckets of money and putting a happy face on the underlying homophobia. That Prop 8 won even as the state went overwhelmingly for Barack Obama underscores just how clever Schubert was at making the issue seem bipartisan.
That was probably the high point of his political career. Last year, Schubert was the mastermind for the anti-marriage forces in Maine, Minnesota, Maryland and Washington. This time, he met with failure across the board, a sign of how much his golden touch has faded.