NOM’s all new Tour of, well, nobody

Timothy Kincaid

September 28th, 2010

Carly Fiorina must be loco. Muy loco.

Why else would she agree to let the National Organization for Marriage organize a bus tour to support her campaign for US Senator from California. In Spanish.

Over the summer, NOM spent 19 days traveling about various states to promote their agenda of excluding gay people from civil marriage rights. And although they only made 21 stops, they were so abysmally disorganized that in some events the organizers outnumbered the attendees. They seemed to have the strange approach to bus tours of “if you park it, they will come.”

Now consider, if you will, the same organizers (along with the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, American Principles in Action and the Susan B. Anthony List). Except this time the tour will have several stops per day, will target Latinos to support of a Republican Senate candidate, and will be in Spanish.

Yesterday, the “Vota Tus Valores” campaign (“Vote your Values”) rolled is off to a start. And it is laughably predictable. (Courage Campaign)

Stop 1: Bakersfield

Only one “values-voter” stopped by, but she was not Latina.

“I was shopping at Target when I saw the bus across the street and wanted to see what it was all about,” she told me.

We initially counted 8 in attendance, but 7 were organizers that got back on the bus at the end of the stop.

Stop 2: Visalia

The Vota Tus Valores bus tour kept up its attendance average in Visalia — 1 person showed up.

“I vote according to God’s will,” said one Latina woman who happened to be in the park when the bus pulled up but refused to go on-camera.

Stop 3: Hanford

No one at all. Zilch. Nada.

Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that on the hottest day of the year (Los Angeles set a new record: the hottest day ever recorded in the city) you aren’t going to find too many people hanging out in a nice bright sunny park. But surely you could have tried to organize someone.

Stop 4: Madera

Success. At last an audience. Not of likely voters, exactly, but at least living breathing bodies.

In Madera, the advance team was able to wrangle up a few additional attendees: fifteen men from a local Christian men’s shelter were present to “show support,” including one man wearing an Obama shirt and a reformed neo-Nazi who was heavily tatotted with swastikas.

Stop 5: Roseville

Here the bus pulled up for dinner. At a chain “mexican” restaurant. Even the waiter wasn’t Latino.

And that, my friends, is what you get when NOM organizes your bus tour. Thank God.


September 28th, 2010



September 28th, 2010

Ok… this just isn’t funny anymore…


September 28th, 2010

I’m actually embarrassed for them. And you KNOW those coverings cant’ be cheap!


September 28th, 2010

The more ways they find to waste their money the better.


September 28th, 2010


David C.

September 28th, 2010

Almost certainly NOM doesn’t really expect to have much in the way of attendance at these “stops”. I suspect that this is just a way of making some kind of appearance that they are a grassroots religious organization, most likely for tax purposes, trying to disguise the fact they are really only funded by a few very wealthy religious donors. I believe that NOM is most likely a very carefully crafted fraud on some level. Their lack of transparency really shows, they fight disclosure laws, and generally abuse the system. I believe they are crooks and should be investigated by the IRS, FBI, and DoJ, not to mention AG’s in every state where they have had some kind of presence. One can learn a lot more about NOM here.

Richard Rush

September 28th, 2010

“Vota Tus Valores” (“Vote your Values”)

In today’s environment “values” is usually bigotry with a respectable veneer slapped on. Maybe, to make things honest, we need a new word such as “vigotry” defined as bigotry hiding behind a veneer of values.


September 28th, 2010

They would’ve been more successful had they asked for a collaboration with the Catholic archdiocese. Church is something most Latinos don’t miss, particularly housewives.

Alas, they seem to be at a strategic rut.


September 28th, 2010

lol! one would think that it wouldn’t take this kind of failure for any fool to realize the futility of such a campaign… something tells me they’re not done embarrassing themselves. thanks for the laugh:)


September 28th, 2010

This is hysterical, but I will not give them any pointers as to how be successful promoting to the Latino Communities. I’ve spearheaded multiple successful campaigns to those demographics.



September 29th, 2010

I’m starting to think that NOM isn’t really about marriage at all; that their main purpose is to engage in litigation challenging campaign-finance laws, and the whole marriage stuff is just a decoy. I would be completely unsurprised if it turned out they had a lot of Koch brothers financing behind them.

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