Pawlenty, Santorum join FRC’s and NOM’s Iowa Bus Tour

Jim Burroway

August 10th, 2011

The “Values Voters Bus Tour,” sponsored by the Family “Research” Council’s lobbying arm, the National Organization for Marriage, and the Susan B. Anthony List, kicked off yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa, with the goal of hitting several Iowa communities ahead of Saturday’s GOP presidential Straw Poll. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was on hand for the tour’s start, which was greeted by a sparse crowd that appears to have been outnumbered by reporters:

The bus made five more stops before the day was done yesterday. This morning, the bus tour resumed with a breakfast in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum met the bus.

Barry Deutsch

August 10th, 2011

Unless there’s been a drastic change of policy at NOW, I think you intended “National Organization for Marriage,” not “National Organization for Women.”

Jim Burroway

August 10th, 2011

Oh good lord. And you know what happened? As I was writing it, I was thinking about another post that someone else had written that was mistakenly tagged incorrectly with the National Organization for Women instead of NOM, and I was thinking to myself, “Self, be sure to choose the *correct* tag before posting it. You don’t want to mess that one up!”

And I didn’t. I got the tag correct.


August 10th, 2011

“Susan B. Anthony List?”


Wasn’t Susan B. Anthony a lesbian who stood for EVERYTHING that these people stand AGAINST?

Ben in Atlanta

August 10th, 2011

Tim still hasn’t changed his tag.

NOW did defend Michele Bachmann about the Newsweek cover. (Tina Brown) AFAIK NOW did not mention NOM at all.

I’m supposed to have a disclaimer:

My views and opinions do not reflect Time Warner/CNN. They are the opinions of the writer.

Timothy Kincaid

August 10th, 2011


I don’t know if Anthony was a lesbian but she was an abolitionist, a temperance leader and a suffragette (the Anthony Amendment (19th) gave women the right to vote). She was a Republican because at that time the Republicans were the more progressive of the parties. As she wrote in a letter to Elizabeth Cady Stanton,

“I shall work for the Republican party and call on all women to join me, precisely… for what that party has done and promises to do for women, nothing more, nothing less.”

As a very fascinating parallel, Anthony voted in the 1872 election (straight Republican ticket) for which she was arrested. Her defense was the new (1868) Fourteenth Amendment.

The Susan B. Anthony List is a single-issue organization for women who oppose abortion (I don’t know their position on gay issues). They chose that name because of a number of statements that indicate Anthony’s personal opposition to abortion.

Timothy Kincaid

August 10th, 2011

Tim still hasn’t changed his tag.

I’m confused… do I have a tag that needs changing?


August 10th, 2011

Santorum should meet the bus under it. Its what his opinions and metaphors deserve.

Mark D. F.

August 10th, 2011

Call the cleaning lady. Santorum on the bus!

Ben in Atlanta

August 10th, 2011

Tim, in your article titled “Tim Pawlenty Caves to NOM Pressure” one of the tags is to “National Organization for Women”, not “National Organization for Marriage”.

If that was your intention, never mind.

Timothy Kincaid

August 10th, 2011

Oh, thanks Ben. I didn’t understand your comment at the time as it was bracketed by others’ comments about not calling NOM the National Organization for Marriage because they are really against marriage.

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