Reince Priebus: Rob Portman’s gay marriage position won’t limit the RNC’s support for him at all

posted at 8:01 pm on March 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via NRO, he’s careful not to endorse gay marriage himself but he sure does seem chipper at the beginning about the “inroads” Portman’s allegedly made with gay voters. Meanwhile, back in Ohio

“I think [the RNC] should pretty much ignore [Portman],” says Phyllis Schlafly, a longtime conservative activist, in an interview with National Review Online. “I think he has made a mistake, and he probably won’t get reelected.”…

A source familiar with Ohioans’ response to Portman’s decision tells NRO that 60 percent of the calls the office received were against Portman’s shift and 40 percent of calls received were in support

[National Organization for Marriage President Brian] Brown believes the RNC should withhold financial support from Portman and any other senators who change their views to support gay marriage.“The grassroots of the party are 100 percent committed to protecting marriage, to protecting life, the whole platform,” he says, “and you can’t just kick them to the curb.”…

“What we shouldn’t do is say to the electorate, ‘Just tell us what you want us to be! We’ll change for you! Just tell us what you want us to do, we’ll do it!’” [Gary Bauer] adds. “That’s not a political party, that’s just a bunch of pandering idiots.”

Are the grassroots of the party “100 percent committed to protecting marriage,” as Brown insists? Here’s the breakdown from today’s WaPo/ABC poll:

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There’s now a nine-point majority in favor of gay marriage among Republicans and Republican-leaners age 49 and under. Whole other ballgame among those older than that, with even the 50-64 crowd still opposed by net 15 points. How’s Priebus (not to mention the next nominee) going to square the circle? Watch Scott Walker below from yesterday’s “Meet the Press” for one approach, dismissing the issue when pressed on it as being a lesser priority than fiscal issues. That won’t satisfy all social conservatives but it’s probably better than crowing about the inroads you’re making with gays by abandoning the social-con position. Expect Priebus to fall back soon on the argument that Ohio’s a purple state in a country that’s been turning blue and we simply can’t afford to abandon a GOP incumbent who’s proved he can win there, no matter how much one might disagree with him.

One other note from that poll data: The number of Democrats aged 50-64 who support gay marriage is equal to the number age 49 or younger who support it? No generational gap at all? Wowza.

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Who the hell is Rob Portman and why do we care?

heldmyw on March 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Reince Priebus suffers from the same entrenched denial as Karl Rove, they are not only unable to see the truth, they are unwilling as well.

SWalker on March 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Just because his son turned out to be a sword fighter, shouldnt mean he changes his position on homosexual marriage. You personal issues should not have bearing on what you supposedly believed. Either homosexual marriage is a threat to traditional marriage and is wrong or it isnt, to you. If your son turns out to be someone who likes incest, would that change your beliefs on incest?

bucsox79 on March 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM

One other note from that poll data: The number of Democrats aged 50-64 who support gay marriage is equal to the number age 49 or younger who support it? No generational gap at all? Wowza.

Why would there be a gap? The 50-64 were there for the sexual revolution. They taught the rest of the age group on down. It’s only recently that the “free love” crowd is starting to the effects of what they hath wrought.

nobar on March 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Good.

mythicknight on March 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Who the hell is Rob Portman and why do we care?

heldmyw on March 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

He is a senator who surprise of all surprise has a gay son and changed his position on gay marriage. And Allah is going to keep hammering his change of position in every different way in every different thread for all its worth.

Hey Allah how about you link how Portman was actually treated by the gay community when he changed his postion. How about you link the wonderful reception he actually got. That wouldn’t fit in your narrative though that Repubs would be beloved if we all suddenly changed our position though would it?

http://twitchy.com/2013/03/16/no-gay-lo-for-rob-portman-many-libs-lash-out-at-senator-for-evolving-on-same-sex-marriage/

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM

The GOP is drifting leftward. And downward.

And the nation is slouching towards Gomorrah.

*facepalm*

itsnotaboutme on March 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Content!

Now I have to read….

Electrongod on March 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Hilarious how Hotair is turning into some internet bathhouse. Gays don’t want tolerance, they want applause and kudos for their disgusting, vile behavior.

Sticking your schlong into a poop-crusted rear-end is just so appealing. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate that lifestyle?

gumbyandpokey on March 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I’m under 49-and I do NOT support SSM. I do support civil unions. MARRIAGE is one mn+one woman. No the GOP should not be giving $$$ to Rob Portmans. Traditional morality is one of the foundations of the GOP. If that collapses…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Who the hell is Rob Portman and why do we care?

heldmyw on March 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

He’s a sitting senator from Ohio who lied to his constituents into thinking he was a conservative.

He also will be losing his seat in the fall of 2016 as Ohio will complete the process of turning deep blue (Gov. Kasich’s assured loss to Ed Fitzgerald next November will only start that process).

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM

AP said:

Are the grassroots of the party “100 percent committed to protecting marriage,” as Brown insists? Here’s the breakdown from today’s WaPo/ABC poll:

AP, are you unaware of the CNN poll today showing a drop in gay marriage support, or just ignoring it?

Jon0815 on March 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM

…Allah is going to keep hammering his change of position in every different way in every different thread for all its worth…

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Allahpundit does what is good for Allahpundit.
More GOP division, more clicks on his posts.
More clicks, more money.

itsnotaboutme on March 18, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Ive long complained that we cant stop hearing about homosexuals this and queers that. But it just gets louder and louder and worse. Its every damn day here on Hot Air even. I everyone would just stop talking about those people. As if they face some sort of injustice and lack of human rights, they dont. Enough already.

It is so bad now that unless you have something glowing to say about homos, you are bashed and vilified.

bucsox79 on March 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM

I’m under 49-and I do NOT support SSM. I do support civil unions. MARRIAGE is one mn+one woman. No the GOP should not be giving $$$ to Rob Portmans. Traditional morality is one of the foundations of the GOP. If that collapses…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I’m under 40 and I agree. Furthermore, Portman’s biggest sin(pun intended) was that he changed his position after the election. He should have reevaluated his position during the election season and been up front with his voters.

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Who the hell is Rob Portman and why do we care?

heldmyw on March 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

He’s a sitting senator from Ohio who lied to his constituents into thinking he was a conservative.

He also will be losing his seat in the fall of 2016 as Ohio will complete the process of turning deep blue (Gov. Kasich’s assured loss to Ed Fitzgerald next November will only start that process).

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM

San Diego, California Democrat pretending to be a Republican mayor Jerry Sanders did the exact same thing. May he rot in hell.

SWalker on March 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM

I’ve looked at the Autopsy Report.

I have lingering questions. 1. Is this the final straw that will break the R party and thus ending it? 2. Why do the RNC blame their members for their own failures?…Have they ever taken a course in Marketing? (hint: No)…3. Precisely how do you rise in politics without any political skills? (this is an especially important question for Rs since they routinely demonstrate poor media/political skills.

They have Zero ability to finesse a situation…to provide nuance. You are either for Comprehensive Immigration Reform that we draft…or you are a nativist/racist. You are either Pro SSM, or a bigoted homophobe out of touch with modernity

More importantly, i have a Theory.

The R elites have no understanding of their base. They actually adopt the caricature of the ‘conservative’ vote that the Left provides them.

Second, our guys are not the brightest bulbs…and have poor speaking skills and poor media skills.

Mitt’s comment about ‘self-deportation’ was viewed harshly by hispanics. Wow, and how much did they spend to find that out. Mitt is not stupid, but he is not a skilled speaker…he was not good at talking under pressure. Mitt Failed.

The GOP failed by not vetting Akin….and not training Akin. Claire new exactly what she wanted in an R candidate..and she made damn sure she got it. Now how stupid is the GOP?

r keller on March 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Unless we ban any and all churches from performing gay weddings, aren`t we only fighting the fight halfway? Wouldn`t the institution still be under assault? Just a thought experiment.

ThePrez on March 18, 2013 at 8:16 PM

The gop will fold on this by the end of Summer.

By the time Cuomo,Biden,Hillary and O’Malley announce late next year America won’t be talking about Homosexual marriage they’ll be following Al Gore’s lead and the new “civil right” battle will whether “cross species” marriage and sexual contact is protected by the SCOTUS.

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Behold the evolved politician and all their grand visions.

PappyD61 on March 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

I am so freaking sick of this topic. Why the obsession, AP?

Connie on March 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

I am so freaking sick of this topic. Why the obsession, AP?

Connie on March 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Why is D.C. so obsessed with the topic?

Why are under 30 year olds consumed with this topic?

PappyD61 on March 18, 2013 at 8:21 PM

The GOP is drifting leftward. And downward.

And the nation is slouching towards Gomorrah.

*facepalm*

itsnotaboutme on March 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM

This.

Looks like it’s time to go third party permanently. Constitution Party here I come!

Stoic Patriot on March 18, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Unless we ban any and all churches from performing gay weddings, aren`t we only fighting the fight halfway? Wouldn`t the institution still be under assault? Just a thought experiment.

ThePrez on March 18, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Why would we ban Churches from performing gay marriage and weddings? Freedom of association is a real thing. There are churches in this country and religious people can argue whether or not they are actually Christian who do acknowledge gay marriage and weddings. That is not the problem. The problem is that this has never been just about gay marriage. It has never been about live and let live. It has been about using gay marriage as a gateway to bludgeon traditional marriage. We want freedom of association and freedom from association. It is homosexuals who are against that. See lawsuits against businesses and courts case rulings against parents in Massachusetts.

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:24 PM

“If that’s his opinion then I support him having that opinion.”

So having the opinion that the Republican party is spineless and almost as progressive as moderate Democrats, not to mention it sucks when the RNC purposely downs actual Conservatives knowing that the Dem will win the seat because actually they’ll vote for rule of law and the conservative issues their constituents want them too.

The opinion that it sucks to hold your nose to vote, every time.

So those opinions are Ok too then?

Speakup on March 18, 2013 at 8:25 PM

r keller on March 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM

That’s a good summary.

budfox on March 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM

New CNN #poll has SSM support at 53/44% which is down slightly from last yr. The 2012 exits, which tend to over report young and minority opinion showed support for gay marriage at 49/46. It barely passed in Maryland but yet we have heard nothing but gay marriage pandering from the GOP since November.

Maybe they should concentrate on convincing voters they have the answers to the issues voters rate as most important and skip alienating voters who make up a huge portion of R voter base. In 2012 Obama won supporters of gay marriage by 73%-25%. Romney won opponents 74%-25%. It’s delusional to believe supporters of gay marriage will suddenly start voting GOP but you can bet the ranch if you give social conservatives no reason to show up they won’t show up.

msmveritas on March 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM

New CNN #poll has SSM support at 53/44% which is down slightly from last yr. The 2012 exits, which tend to over report young and minority opinion showed support for gay marriage at 49/46. It barely passed in Maryland but yet we have heard nothing but gay marriage pandering from the GOP since November.

Maybe they should concentrate on convincing voters they have the answers to the issues voters rate as most important and skip alienating voters who make up a huge portion of R voter base. In 2012 Obama won supporters of gay marriage by 73%-25%. Romney won opponents 74%-25%. It’s delusional to believe supporters of gay marriage will suddenly start voting GOP but you can bet the ranch if you give social conservatives no reason to show up they won’t show up.

msmveritas on March 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Yep, I don’t get it. The GOP has far more to lose than they ever will gain. They have far more to gain if they frickin get their leadership to have some cajones and start challenging Obama on the frickin debt, but lets continue to hammer the SSM horse.. Yeah that’s the winner here. Dumb a$$ party..

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Sorry, no matter how many gay marriage posts are on hotair I won’t ever support it..Honestly I’m pretty tired of all the gay marriage posts that have flooded hotair lately..

sadsushi on March 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM

he sure does seem chipper

Am I reading more into this than I should? lol

Fallon on March 18, 2013 at 8:31 PM

He’s a sitting senator from Ohio who lied to his constituents into thinking he was a conservative.

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Exactly. Portman did not CHANGE his mind on ss-marriage, he simply decided to tell the truth about where he actually stands.

But, it begs the question – - – What else has Portman been LYING about? TRUST is a valuable, and fragile commodity.

Pork-Chop on March 18, 2013 at 8:32 PM

I’ve looked at the Autopsy Report.

My condolences.

I have lingering questions. 1. Is this the final straw that will break the R party and thus ending it? 2. Why do the RNC blame their members for their own failures?…Have they ever taken a course in Marketing? (hint: No)…3. Precisely how do you rise in politics without any political skills? (this is an especially important question for Rs since they routinely demonstrate poor media/political skills.

1. Unless a miracle happens, this will be the suicide pill that the GOP will ingest. Conservatives and libertarians will walk out. There is no other course.

2. Because they cannot accept their own failings. Plus they think that by beating up on conservatives, they will “look cool” in the eyes of the left.

3. Money talks. A lot of people (Rove, Reince) bought their way in. Others have been in the system forever and have no other life to speak of (McCant, McConnell, Bohenor, Barbour) and have seen the game pass them by. Others (Grahamnesty, Murkowski, Collins) are pure scumbags.

They have Zero ability to finesse a situation…to provide nuance. You are either for Comprehensive Immigration Reform that we draft…or you are a nativist/racist. You are either Pro SSM, or a bigoted homophobe out of touch with modernity

They act out the elephant mascot quite well. See a mouse, they pull an Al Roker and cower in fear.

More importantly, i have a Theory.

The R elites have no understanding of their base. They actually adopt the caricature of the ‘conservative’ vote that the Left provides them.

It also doesn’t help that they view Socialists as “my friends” (for lack of a better term). Hell, McCant has always been seen as the R who would stop at nothing to get along with Dems. And look what that got him on Election Night 2012.

Second, our guys are not the brightest bulbs…and have poor speaking skills and poor media skills.

Mitt’s comment about ‘self-deportation’ was viewed harshly by hispanics. Wow, and how much did they spend to find that out. Mitt is not stupid, but he is not a skilled speaker…he was not good at talking under pressure. Mitt Failed.

The GOP made sure that Mitt was the ‘inevitable’ nominee. For years they were crowing him the “presumptive” GOP nominee – months and even YEARS before a single primary vote was cast or caucus conducted. They went head over heels to blast away at Sarah Palin, calling her “unelectable” over and over and over again.

In the end, the unelectable candidate was Mitt.

The GOP failed by not vetting Akin….and not training Akin. Claire new exactly what she wanted in an R candidate..and she made damn sure she got it.

It was also the fault of the state GOP for not kicking him out of the race when he kept seeing windmills to jab at with a sword. He should have been DQed immediately.

Now how stupid is the GOP?

r keller on March 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM

The sky’s the limit on that one.

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

This has been Gay Week at the HotGas site.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

This has been Gay Week at the HotGas site.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

I know I feel like I should be jumping out of closets and playing show tunes. :)

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

He’s a sitting senator from Ohio who lied to his constituents into thinking he was a conservative.

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Exactly. Portman did not CHANGE his mind on ss-marriage, he simply decided to tell the truth about where he actually stands.

But, it begs the question – – – What else has Portman been LYING about? TRUST is a valuable, and fragile commodity.

Pork-Chop on March 18, 2013 at 8:32 PM

I think Portman has a lot more skeletons (pardon the saying) that need to come out.

He’s nothing more than a slimy opportunist that did this to get attention – and a newfound bromance of sorts from AP.

Like the GOP, Rob Portman will betray you.

PRIMARY HIS SORRY [BUTT]!

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Let’s be honest about the situation: the problem is not Priebus nor the GOP. The country has become an idiocracy, and the party brass is just trying to salvage votes. It’s cynical and perhaps useless, but I can’t totally blame them. We were outnumbered by idiots last Nov, and they’re desperate to bring some of them into our camp if we’re to win another election. I don’t buy that conservatives stayed home when they had the opportunity to vote this a-hole out. I just don’t. The electorate has been dumbed down, and we’re now outnumbered.

I cannot explain why for Gen-X & Gen-Y-ers gay marriage is the preeminent issue while Obama is spending the country into oblivion. People have their priorities out of wack – that’s what happens to countries in decline.

crrr6 on March 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM

This has been Gay Week at the HotGas site.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

This has been Gay Week at the HotGas site.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

I know I feel like I should be jumping out of closets and playing show tunes. :)

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Perhaps Allahpundit is attempting to tell us something, or maybe his closet light bulb just burned out and he needs a little light in the closet… O_O

SWalker on March 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Reince Priebus suffers from the same entrenched denial as Karl Rove, they are not only unable to see the truth, they are unwilling as well.

SWalker on March 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Reince Priebus makes Michael Steele look like a frickin’ genius.

bw222 on March 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM

This has been Gay Week at the HotGas site.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Welcome to GayGas.

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM

This has been Gay Week at the HotGas site.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Shouldn’t there be more glitter? Or do we drop confetti on our trolls instead of banning them?

nobar on March 18, 2013 at 8:40 PM

This has been Gay Week at the HotGas site.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

This has been Gay Week at the HotGas site.

Bishop on March 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

I know I feel like I should be jumping out of closets and playing show tunes. :)

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

HA sure does have an agenda, and it isn’t a conservative one. I just read a headline that the RNC was working to make the GOP more like the leadership than its members. The same thing could be said of HA.

bw222 on March 18, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Why are under 30 year olds consumed with this topic?

PappyD61 on March 18, 2013 at 8:21 PM

They’re not.

For anyone here who wants the truth

Under 30, the majority – don’t give a rats f’ing ass about SSM

The response given is “I don’t care. Let them do what they want. It’s none of my business”

But that is reported as support, because it’s not a statement against.

Poll numbers are moving up, because people are giving up on the issue, because they live a secular life to begin with.

You can be evangelical and still bail from practicing the faith. You can be evangelical and still be thrice divorced with no kids. Does the name Limbaugh ring a bell?

budfox on March 18, 2013 at 8:44 PM

As LibFree said in another thread – which was a true statement – the RNC is behind Portman on this because…

Gay Americans have been a cash cow for certain industries

Why?

Because they are predominantly single and childless.

I don’t expect most of you to know the inner workings of the entertainment industry, but one of the dirty little secrets is to either sell yourself as either gay-friendly/supportive or even coy about your sexuality.

Why? To build an LGB fanbase.

Why? Because dollars have become so fractured over the past thirty years, we no longer have majorities.

Majorities do not watch television shows outside of major, major events now.

Majorities do not go to movies outside of really big summer releases.

Majorities no longer buy magazines or newspapers.

The culture splinters into even narrower pieces with each decade.

…and that splintering finally caught up with the GOP, because as a party of ideology, they’re reliant on a blanket message.

But the Dems are a balkan party, already made up of fractures.

So the Dems naturally fit the current culture because it’s how we communicate. The MSM refers to it as “identity politics” but it’s now. It’s market-focus.

The GOP in its current form cannot compete in narrowcasting because the power structure refuses to delegate authority.

This is why Rand and Rubio are the top dogs. They’re on the verge of defining individual sectors who lean on the right side of the spectrum.

This is exactly what guys like Limbaugh do not want to happen, because command-n-control moves out of the normal sphere. Away from the Bushes and power brokers and into the leaders of a new coalition.

But there is no other way until the current communication structure changes.

budfox on March 18, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Mitt’s comment about ‘self-deportation’ was viewed harshly by hispanics. Wow, and how much did they spend to find that out. Mitt is not stupid, but he is not a skilled speaker…he was not good at talking under pressure. Mitt Failed.

r keller

They didn’t spend a dime. Their democrat friends who support amnesty told them that’s what happened, and republicans accepted it as the truth. I mean, why wouldn’t they? Democrats are only trying to help our side win.

Know what really hurt with Hispanics? Romney promising to get rid of Obamacare on day one.

xblade on March 18, 2013 at 8:45 PM

“That’s not a political party, that’s just a bunch of pandering idiots.”

Come on, now … they’re cowards, too.

The GOP wasn’t sure that it could totally kill itself by allying with illegals (though it certainly can) so it decided to add another suicide blow with going whole hog in on gay pretend marriage.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Come on, now … they’re cowards, too.

The GOP wasn’t sure that it could totally kill itself by allying with illegals (though it certainly can) so it decided to add another suicide blow with going whole hog in on gay pretend marriage.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

LOL– And after all is said and done. They won’t be tolerant for accepting gay and illegals. It will just be written by the press as Repubs tokenism and pandering. Repubs will still be written as sexist, racist homophobes because Repubs are too stupid and idiotic to fight the narrative.

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:51 PM

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Yep. The GOP are the Washington Generals of politics … just there to lose and look stupid. And they seem to love the role.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

LOL– And after all is said and done. They won’t be tolerant for accepting gay and illegals. It will just be written by the press as Repubs tokenism and pandering. Repubs will still be written as sexist, racist homophobes because Repubs are too stupid and idiotic to fight the narrative.

melle1228 on March 18, 2013 at 8:51 PM

And that will happen as the inevitable, preventable GOP civil war goes into full effect.

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

EVOLVE OR ELSE!

LGBT fevah!

All because of hot lezzie pron on cable / online for 25 years,

profitsbeard on March 18, 2013 at 9:10 PM

r keller on March 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM

I read this stupid “Growth and Opportunity Project”… It is a f***ing joke by a bunch of consultants who have the minds of 5 years old… Basically it is pandering, pandering, and more pandering… They say we can maintain our principles but include all the groups who hate our principles… How the f*** is going to be achieved… One thing we need to do is just go after the damn welfare parasites and generate absolute hate against them… The democrats succeeded in getting as many parasites to vote for them by generating hate against the producers so what we need is to bring as many producers to the polls by generating hate against the Welfare queens and kings (Obama phone women etc…)… That is the only way we can win the elections…

mnjg on March 18, 2013 at 9:14 PM

As marriage won’t be the end of it, what say we get ahead of the curve and address the patently unfair ability of heterosexual couples to reproduce. Oh, and the sex ed curriculum for schools.

We can deal with removing Leviticus from the Bible later.

wolfsDad on March 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Portman and Priebus fall into the same entitled category as Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords and Snarlin’ Arlen Specter before both finally quit faking as GOP and jumped over to the opposition. Both suggest a willingness pretend to represent a party platform to get the campaign money but do the opposite once the mood hits.

In representative government Portman’s duty is to represent those whom have sent him to Washington not his particular whims, fancies and principles for a given day. Portman, more or less, is practicing nepotism as representative more so of his son than of his constituents. That constitutes bad government in a representative republic.

viking01 on March 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM

mnjg on March 18, 2013 at 9:14 PM

The report was written and approved by the GOP establishment (including many of those who played a major role in the 2012 debacle). Many of them are big government Republicans.

bw222 on March 18, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Establishment’s move to undercut a Paul campaign?

blammm on March 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Lesser priority than fiscal issues? For Republicans, yes. But not for Democrats. They’re on this 24/7. Liberals trying to change the actual meaning of marriage, completely ignoring and showing contempt for it’s purpose, not even mentioning the ilogic of their argument, is nothing to take lightly, nor dismiss, Gov Walker.

Dongemaharu on March 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

One of the problems with primary campaigns is the class of candidates willing to challenge an incumbent. They tend to be scarier to the middle than the typical candidate. The ones competent enough to win primaries include Richard Mourdoch in Indiana, and Joe Miller in Alaska.

So, the RNC as reason not to support anyone planning a bid against Portman. They also wouldn’t want someone who feels so passionately about an issue that seems to be less popular by the day on the ballot in a major swing state at the same time as a presidential election.

Mister Mets on March 18, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Establishment’s move to undercut a Paul campaign?

blammm on March 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

GOPe has an approved list of 2016 candidates. Rand Paul, Cruz and Walker aren’t on it. Jeb, Rubio and Christie are.

bw222 on March 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM

So, the RNC as reason not to support anyone planning a bid against Portman. They also wouldn’t want someone who feels so passionately about an issue that seems to be less popular by the day on the ballot in a major swing state at the same time as a presidential election.

Mister Mets on March 18, 2013 at 9:41 PM

They are more willing to concede the seat to a Democrat, and turn around and blame it on conservatives. I know I REFUSE to vote for him. And I would sit out the election if he did get renominated.

Portman is symbolic of all that is wrong with the GOP, and why it needs to be destroyed for our own good.

Reince, you can burn in hell now.

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Outing is a hate crime.

tomas on March 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM

You bet he’s chipper. Just like Eric Cantor is chipper about moving toward the left. To these people, power is intoxicating, the music from the lyre, but principles are the hard work of practice and performance. They see the power Obama has arrogated with his audacious leftism and the media love it engenders and they think they can get a piece of that high by imitation. They simply can’t comprehend that the media will ALWAYS hate them, that conservatives will become increasingly disgusted with them, that the electorate will never settle for imitators when it can get the real thing. Conservative principles and confronting the Left and media — that’s unthinkable at this point. It’s simply beyond their strength and character.

I was in the audience when Andrew Breitbart told us he wasn’t sure who he had more contempt for, the Left or the GOP establishment that refused to fight the Left. I’m now sure. The Left is at least true to itself. The GOP has become everything I despise about politics and people.

rrpjr on March 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Aren’t there more pressing things for the Republicans to focus on, like the freaking budget, making a case to America to reverse Obamacare versus pandering to the next hip group that comes along? Its no wonder we have Low information voters as how can people have the time to absorb all of this governance by obfuscation?

Meanwhile, our debt shoots past $16.7T, SSA is near broke, M&M are broke, CIA is CYA and POTUS is a downright liar over PPACA and all anyone in the media and Washington seems to talk about is SSM – Really?

stuartm80127 on March 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Has Reince Priebus read the GOP platform recently?

INC on March 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

…to think that I loved Rinsed Penis until he couldn’t even deliver his own, Walker and Ryan’s state …with their superb “ground game”!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

If you haven’t seen this, it is excellent. From The Heritage Foundation:

What You Need To Know About Marriage: Questions and Answers Driving the Debate

INC on March 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM

…Rinsed Peni$…

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Here are the pertinent sections on marriage in the 2012 Republican Party Platform.

Defending Marriage Against An Activist Judiciary

A serious threat to our country’s constitutional order, perhaps even more dangerous than presidential malfeasance, is an activist judiciary, in which some judges usurp the powers reserved to other branches of government. A blatant example has been the court-ordered redefinition of marriage in several States. This is more than a matter of warring legal concepts and ideals. It is an assault on the foundations of our society, challenging the institution which, for thousands of years in virtually every civilization, has been entrusted with the rearing of children and the transmission of cultural values.

A Sacred Contract: Defense of Marriage

That is why Congressional Republicans took the lead in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of States and the federal government not to recognize same-sex relationships licensed in other jurisdictions. The current Administration’s open defiance of this constitutional principle—in its handling of immigration cases, in federal personnel benefits, in allowing a same-sex marriage at a military base, and in refusing to defend DOMA in the courts—makes a mockery of the President’s inaugural oath. We commend the United States House of Representatives and State Attorneys General who have defended these laws when they have been attacked in the courts. We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We applaud the citizens of the majority of States which have enshrined in their constitutions the traditional concept of marriage, and we support the campaigns underway in several other States to do so.

INC on March 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Online: A Choice Not An Echo by Phyllis Schlafly.

She was right in 1964. She’s still right almost 50 years later.

INC on March 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Now how stupid is the GOP?

r keller on March 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM

The sky’s the limit on that one.

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Good points and comments. Sad situation. I’ve been trying to figure out their objective. I first thot power and then reconsidered, since they are doing everything to secure failure.

bluefox on March 18, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Being a conservative I hate the sniveling Republicans almost as much as I hate the Socialist Democrats. Do the Republicans really think, by sniffing Gay or Hispanic bicycle seats, they are going to increase their vote from these minorities? Do the Republicans really think that by throwing money (but not quite as fast as the Democrats) at problems or minorities they will increase their vote totals? Why vote for an imitation Socialist when you can have the real one at the same price? Give the Democrats time and they will choke on their own spit–let’s not fight the enemy by becoming one of them.

MaiDee on March 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM

I cried when I watched the Reince Priebus video. I haven’t cried in years. I just find a certain beauty in someone as calculating as Priebus being forced into the open as a descent human being. I know people will think there is something insincere about this, but I mean it.

thuja on March 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Has Reince Priebus read the GOP platform recently?

INC on March 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

From a strictly logical point of view, why would any party be bound by a platform that lost an election?

thuja on March 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

And the nation is slouching towards Gomorrah.
*facepalm*
itsnotaboutme on March 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Ah, now, don’t kid yourself. It might have been slouching that way for the last 40 years, but now it’s barreling full tilt, pedal to the metal towards Gomorrah.

Why is D.C. so obsessed with the topic?
Why are under 30 year olds consumed with this topic?
PappyD61 on March 18, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Because we are Romans 1, and after 40 years of slouching towards Gomorrah, God has given us up to ‘shameful affections’. Everything Paul warned of is coming to pass, just as everything Pope Paul VI warned about in Humanae Vitae 45 years ago has come to pass and they’re definitely connected. Why the likes of Allahpundit and our other resident atheists still don’t see the Truth, that rejecting God and His laws results in destruction, is baffling to me. It’s all happening right before our eyes. I pray they wake up before it is too late.

Oh, and the RNC can kiss my assets goodbye.

pannw on March 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Reince Priebus: Rob Portman’s gay marriage position won’t limit the RNC’s support for him at all

Republican Base: For all the good that will do you…..

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM

INC on March 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Thanks INC for these links. Have to read them tomorrow; early appt tomorrow:-)

bluefox on March 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Reince Priebus: Rob Portman’s gay marriage position won’t limit the RNC’s support for him at all

Republican Base: For all the good that will do you…..

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM

I recall when Todd Akin said something stupid and then apologized, Priebus pulled financial support along with Rove. I guess a homosexual “marriage” politician is better than a Conservative in favor of Marriage in Priebus’s eyes.

Glad to know he stands where I always thot he did.

Wonder what would happen if ALL Conservatives stayed home?

bluefox on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Allahpundit REALLY wants to get married.

portlandon on March 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM

This must be what it felt like to be a conservative in the aftermath of the 1964 elections.

therightwinger on March 19, 2013 at 2:11 AM

Need to get rid of Priebus. Really, what positives does this guy bring to the table? Lousy communicator, not quick on his feet, elitist name ( I know he can’t help that), no enthusiasm…on & on…….C’mon, there has to be a lot better alternatives than this chump.

mactoid on March 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

The RNC is merely going in the exactly precisely wrong direction. You thought Mitt was bad. See what they serve up next!

All that soul searching and all they do is decide to if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em?

That thinking sure helped Embalm me Romney in the last two debate debacles!

Sherman1864 on March 19, 2013 at 8:10 AM

You people are rude and vile. You simply cannot have an intelligent discussion with people who talk this way about other people. No wonder you will continue to lose elections. Again and again. Until you catch your tone, get used to losing.

nyclakerfan on March 19, 2013 at 8:35 AM

You people are rude and vile. You simply cannot have an intelligent discussion with people who talk this way about other people. No wonder you will continue to lose elections. Again and again. Until you catch your tone, get used to losing.

nyclakerfan on March 19, 2013 at 8:35 AM

I suppose you lean Democratic, but the real problem the GOP faces is that even their own consevative politically kids agree with you. I know gay kids in their 20′s and they want to be Republicans, but for this type of talk.

The way I look at this conversation is that it can’t do much damage politically for the GOP when the election is so far away, but I just hope for some discretion during election season. Discretion is a Conservative value–just a reminder.

thuja on March 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Actually I do not lean Democractic at all. My family is Reagan Democrats and I have voted GOP every election I have been eligible to vote it. I love the economic policy, personal responsibility and empowerment that conservatives espouse. And limited government. I am gay. Not rabid crazy gay activist gay, either.

I like reading the news here and have been reading since college. I worked on Jindal’s 1st campaign as gov, his successful Congressional run, Bush 2004, and numerous elections in Colorado (Allard, Owens, Beauprez). But I get so miffed when I come here and I get compared to a pedophile, pervert, some devious person, etc. I am not trying to ruin your society or stop you from practicing your religion.

I will NEVER vote Democrat. But I don’t feel comfortable voting GOP knowing that there are people like the above in its ranks. Oh well LOL….

nyclakerfan on March 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Oops…I mean Reagan Republicans…OMG…I still need another cup of coffee, my mom and aunt would gag that I called them Democrats LOL

nyclakerfan on March 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Need to get rid of Priebus. Really, what positives does this guy bring to the table? Lousy communicator, not quick on his feet, elitist name ( I know he can’t help that), no enthusiasm…on & on…….C’mon, there has to be a lot better alternatives than this chump.

mactoid on March 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Remind me again why we kicked Michael Steele to the curb…?

At least he had some good ideas to try and attract young voters (I didn’t scoff at the “Hip Hop Republicans” bit). And he was at the helm of the 2010 resurgence.

TMOverbeck on March 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM