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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Amateur Hour in the Rainbow Crusade

Amateurs! Today, the major gay rights groups in California divided over when to place a proposition on the ballot to legalize gay marriage (again). Equality California has said it will do it in 2012. Courage Campaign and others in 2010. What the f*** is wrong with these people? I mean, what kind of amateurs hold a press conference to announce that they are dividing the movement, then preen about it? What is with this posturing and showboating? What's with this "I'm right, and any compromise is morally wrong!" Total crap. Time out everyone. You get your asses in a room, negotiate, and all go into this together with ONE DATE and ONE MEASURE. You have to make compromises sometimes - just being right isn't enough. That's how amateurs do politics, and it's why amateurs lose. You sure as hell don't negotiate with one another through the press like this.

By the way, I think Equality California's reasoning for picking 2012 is idiotic, whatever the real merits of their position might be. I just listened to someone from EQC discussing that they need a 38-month "education" campaign across California. Great, that's how you win over voters, you try to "educate" them. How condescending. The premise - that voters are ignorant and need education - is insulting whether or not it is true. Again, it's amateur hour! It may take 38 months to build an organizational apparatus, although I doubt it. For voters, however, the idea is to build a movement that "peaks" on election day. Voters don't maintain interest for more than a few weeks. And they sure as heck won't stand to be "educated" for months on end.

Nobody in the marriage equality movement gets another dime from me until they straighten this crap out.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

They're acting like married people!

WW

Raised By Republicans said...

WW... you are on fire with the comedy lately...

Seriously, this is nuts. 38 month marathon media campaign? My guess is they won't have the money for that kind of sustained TV effort. It will probably devolve into a smattering of bad TV ads and a campaign of publicity stunts put on by the kind of paper mache puppet marching people you see at WTO meetings.

Anonymous said...

"It will probably devolve into a smattering of bad TV ads and a campaign of publicity stunts put on by the kind of paper mache puppet marching people you see at WTO meetings."...good one!

I am sure the gay community is as tired of fighting for equal rights as much as I am hearing about it...enough already! Can someone please talk about Michael Jackson?:>)

Anonymous said...

They do not need a 38-month media campaign. They need the modern day equivalent Don Draper from "Mad Men" and his or her bevy of swinging 60s ad executives to develop a catchy phrase and a Shepard Fairey-esque graphic that you can put on bumper stickers and tee-shirts for toddlers.

I suspect this announcement is part of some baby-boomer vestigial non-authoritarian hippie hierarchy whose time has come and gone with love beads and communes.

Getting gay marriage is about sales, not about values.

-Seventh Sister

Raised By Republicans said...

"I suspect this announcement is part of some baby-boomer vestigial non-authoritarian hippie hierarchy whose time has come and gone with love beads and communes."

That was my first impression too.

The Law Talking Guy said...

I'm not sure I agree that this is a hippie thing. Hippies were all about consensus building, love, and such. This is more the sort of behavior that was inspiring many of Hillary Clinton's supporters (but not so much HRC herself) to declare that they would rather vote Republican than for Obama.

Cue Monty Python's Meaning of Life: SPLITTERS!!!

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