HuffPo Says of NOM: "Cross Us and We'll Kill You in a Primary"


We wouldn't phrase it this way-- Dan Collins, writing at the Huffington Post, apparently gets away with using such language:

The primary elections for state legislature turned into a referendum, of sorts, on same-sex marriage. I'm sorry to say that gay rights had a bad day.

... there will be a huge impact on the way the legislature operates next year. The far right has sent the same message in New York that they've been sending Republican politicians around the country -- cross us and we'll kill you in a primary.

... The message from last week was that if it happened to him, it could happen to anybody. The best way to stay in office is to keep your head down.


  1. Chairm
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    The language issue goes further than misrepresentation of NOM via an invocation of direct violence.

    NOM is not far right. Supporters of NOM and of the marriage idea come from across the political spectrum. More liberals and moderates, combined, have voted in favor of state marriage measures than have conservatives, in absolute numbers. More Democrats and Independents than Republicans, too.

    The message is that in the conflict between the marriage idea and the SSM idea, there will be political cost to pay for those who promised to support the marriage idea but flip-flopped; and for those who pledge in favor of the SSM idea and against the marriage idea.

    The conflict of ideas is now a political conflict and the SSMers want marriage defenders to give up for no better reason than the demand that gay identity politics must trump all other considerations.

    Well, politicians care about being elected and re-elected. And that is a consideration that works in favor of the marriage idea now that there is an organized national campaign in favor of marriage that necessarily supports state and local efforts to counter the SSM campaign.

  2. Zack
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Oh the Huffington Post. Always good for a laugh.