There are. . .occasions when Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage is correct in something that he says. In this case, Brown, in an interview with USA Today, noted that the Republican attempts to be more inclusive were doomed to failure, and the party would be doomed if they tried to support marriage equality.
The exchange went something like this:
PAGE: Reince Priebus, the Republican National Chairman, said the party needed to be inclusive on this issue — needed to keep the party platform but welcome people who support same-sex marriage as good Republicans. Should the party be inclusive?
BROWN: Does “inclusive” mean that you get rid of your founding principles? Are party platforms supposed to mean anything? If the party does that, the party’s done. The party is done if the Republican Party abandons traditional marriage. It would mean that it has turned its back again on not only its base, but on the overwhelming majority of folks who identify as Republicans.
ThinkProgress claimed that “If all Republicans obeyed Brian Brown’s wishes, it would help his personal cause greatly, but it would continue to hurt the party in a country increasingly embracing equal marriage rights for all couples.” Unfortunately, they are a little off on that.
Ever since the 1970′s and Richard Nixon, the Republicans have played a divisive campaign attacking equality and playing to the baser nature of their supporters. They have, largely, played to the bigots, racists, anti-feminists, misogynists, and homophobes in the nation.
Take, for instance, 2004. In that year, spearheaded by then RNC chairman Ken Mehlman, the GOP pushed through not only their unpopular candidate- George W. Bush, but dozens of constitutional amendments designed to “protect marriage”.
The Republicans are now stuck between Scylla and Charybdis…or to use a more common phrase- a rock and a hard place. The GOP has to either become more inclusive and risk alienating their traditional, but diminishing base or they continue to play to the bigots, racists and homophobes out there and risk alienating the rest of the nation.
Brown is, like it or not, correct.