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Have the leaders of the National Organization for Marriage gone into hiding?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Is it just me or have the spokespersons and leaders of the National Organization for Marriage decided to go into hiding?

NOM’s president Brian Brown has gone AWOL when it comes to public speaking. Not that he was a good one in the first place. As seen on one of his last appearances — on Fox News believe it or not — talking points uttered in a robotic tone doesn’t exactly endear you to the audience.

But it’s not only Brown who has embraced silence. We have yet to hear the organization’s new chairman, John Eastman, on any type of news program.

It’s a far cry from when Maggie Gallagher was chairwoman. The gay community couldn’t get past a day without seeing her or hearing her comments on various programs, reciting the same lies about “being falsely labeled as a bigot” and how “marriage is the joining of two halves.”

But now that Gallagher is no longer chairwoman, NOM seems to have taken a shadowy pose.

Granted, the organization is still a force, but its allowing its money to do the job by pumping obscene amounts into statewide campaigns.

But generally NOM seems to have abandoned the idea of even trying to maintain a public image.

And I think it’s because the folks behind NOM figure that the organization has enough money and influence not to maintain the game played by other organizations such as the Family Research Council or the American Family Association.

Or it could be that the organization realized that very few are buying what it was selling. It’s hard to maintain an image of a morality group when you constantly having to fight laws regarding the disclosure of your donors.

Also, let’s face facts regarding Maggie Gallagher. She – and Brown for that matter – were not good spokespeople. While Brown seemed to be badly repeating dictated talking points, Gallagher was a slow but constant disaster.

She had an awful television presence in that she was combative and evasive. She did well in front of audiences who agreed with her opinions regarding marriage, but on televised debates when faced with someone from the Human Rights Campaign or any other LGBTQ group, Gallagher came across as phony. She tended to talk over folks, shout a bit, and if all else failed, pretended to be personally offended when someone actually called her out on her lies.

NOM’s success is all about the money. The gay community knows this and so does NOM’s people.

But what the gay community already knows – and what NOM’s people will soon find out – is that money can only get you so far when you aren’t playing truthfully.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. Maybe they have begun to notice how ignorant they are….

    Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 9:43am
  2. We can only hope, Joseph. But, I sincerely doubt it.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 9:57am
  3. They winter in hell. I couldn’t imagine the long distance bill. lol

    Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 9:57am
  4. McEwen got it wrong AGAIN – NOM is alive and dangerous as ever right here on their free gay bashing bully pulpit inciting violence against LGBTQ children, women and men soaking Mark E. Zuckerberg billions with gay bashed blood

    Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 9:57am
  5. So far, in court, NOM is batting 0%. They have lost every court case against campaign disclosure laws. They are using their money to back Theocrats for legislatures across the country and are involved with SPLC certified hate groups such as FRC. They are nothing but another anti-gay hate group and Maggie Gallagher Srivistav, Brian Brown and the rest of the NOM people will go down in history as HATEFUL BIGOTS.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 10:03am
  6. and here is McEwen getting it wrong again

    Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 10:14am
  7. You have my assassins to thank for that.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 12:46pm
  8. Jessica, I never said that they have disappeared totally. I said that the organization seems to have abandoned its public image. All of the links you point out only accentuate my point because they are deeds done behind the scenes.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 10:24pm
  9. or could they waiting to just blast MN with nasty ad’s and spew more lies about people that are like her…come out come out where ever you are Maggie

    Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 10:20am