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Tobias Wolff and Lou Dobbs Rip NOM's Maggie Gallagher on DOMA


Lou Dobbs hosted law professor Tobias Wolff and the National Organization for Marriage's Maggie Gallagher to discuss the Obama administration's recent brief that said it is obligated to defend DOMA but believes that it is discriminatory and should be repealed.

Gallagher demonstrates just why the wingnut talking points on same-sex marriage just aren't working anymore. Sane folks are finally demanding answers to that old right-wing chestnut that same-sex marriages somehow threaten heterosexual marriages.


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  1. ... and then she was chased from the screen by a Japanese whaling vessel - the Nisshin Maru - amid a hail of harpoons...

    Posted by: Donovan | Aug 21, 2009 12:08:02 PM

  2. I don't think Lou ripped anyone, but was merely acting as an arbiter between the two people arguing for and against gay marriage. Frankly, it's hard to say where he really stands on anything these days. I always thought he was pretty balanced when it came to attacking the left and the right for their political nonsense. However, when you give credence to the birther movement by allowing a wingnut to go on your show and not contest a single thing they say, then you lose all credibility with me; and based on how his ratings tanked right after, with a lot of his viewers as well.

    Posted by: Keith | Aug 21, 2009 12:20:54 PM

  3. Hardly a "rip". A slap on the wrist perhaps.

    Posted by: protogenes | Aug 21, 2009 12:32:05 PM

  4. I have to side with Keith; this was nothing more than showmanship, as is much of cable entertainment-in-the-name-of-news. It's "Maury Povich" for the cable news crowd.

    Even the commercial news like ABC and NBC are going for sensationalism. "Let's lead off our top story of ALL these PEOPLE holding up 'Obama-as-Hitler" posters" (and not contest it). In reality, that is the (Linden) LaRouche foundation. Ring any bells? Talk about right wing nut from decades past! Let's give these... idiots... traction.

    Olbermann, Maddow, O'Reiley, even Jon Stewart is growing long in the tooth.

    I watched C-Span last evening for the ENTIRE Barny Frank town hall meeting in Dartmouth MA. He's such a strong person, and he gets it. These meetings are not attended by the majority of his constituents, nor is the audience made up of a fair cross section of them. These are the yellers; the "Joe the Plumbers" in it for their 15 minutes of fame for spouting off parroted rhetorical garbage with no interest in facts or truth. He really put those people in their places throughout his forum.

    I can only wish, some day, that broadcast news will come back to as much honesty and dedication to presenting the facts, and not just video for entertainment sake.

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 21, 2009 12:40:16 PM

  5. Looks like Maggie has been stress eating...I think the pressure of the tide turning is showing.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Aug 21, 2009 12:41:21 PM

  6. I'm not finding Tobias Wolff very effective here. He is an apologist for the administration, as far as I can see.

    Posted by: eliminador | Aug 21, 2009 12:47:21 PM

  7. I know it's mean, but this fight has certainly taken its toll physically on Mags. She's put on many, many pounds over the past few years.

    Maybe it's her God's way of saying she's wrong and punishing her in the most visible way.

    Posted by: Rucka | Aug 21, 2009 12:57:52 PM

  8. Looks like ol' Maggie is GAINING weight...dipping her fingers in her NOM contributions?

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Aug 21, 2009 1:06:50 PM

  9. I saw this last night. That women just keeps repeating her "sound bites" over and over and refuses to even address the questions put to her.

    Posted by: qjersey | Aug 21, 2009 1:08:23 PM

  10. "Defends" Marriage. Yeah Yeah, should Gay Americans be allowed to marry, they will tear it to shreds. Rip it apart. Burn it, grind it, pulverize it. Totally, once and for all destroy it. After that No one, ever, will be able to get married. Never again. See how awful full marriage equality is. The same thing was said and the exact same thing happened when White kids and Black kids were allowed to sit in the same class room.

    As Lou said, Blame the Gays.

    The Marriage Culture? What's that?

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Aug 21, 2009 1:16:41 PM

  11. @ RUCKA perhaps she believes that God punishes sinners by summoning the winds (i.e. tornadoes and hurricanes) and is in the process of better anchoring herself to terra firma.

    Posted by: AERES | Aug 21, 2009 1:20:01 PM

  12. Yes, and what about the children of gay couples? No one seemed to worry about them?

    Though I have to say, Dobbs's point that opposite-sex marriage is under threat from everything BUT 'mos was the most effective point.

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 21, 2009 1:33:29 PM

  13. Lou Dobbs used to be a reasonable conservative, until he realized he could make much more money by turning into a wingnut.

    Posted by: Gabriel | Aug 21, 2009 1:41:32 PM

  14. God I hate that lady.

    Posted by: Jfbriz | Aug 21, 2009 1:48:10 PM

  15. @aeres always thinking ahead, our (no longer little) Mags :-)

    Posted by: Rucka | Aug 21, 2009 1:53:00 PM

  16. And I'm tired of her repeating that "gay marriage will be taught in public schools." SO WHAT? Divorce/remarriage is also taught in public schools as valid and legal, although it is contrary to many religious traditions, including Maggie's. In fact, millions of public school children are taught every day that their divorced and remarried parents have valid marriages, even though those (second) marriages would be invalid in certain faith traditions. Maggie can countenance this, but not afford equal treatment to the child of married gay parents? What, I must wonder, does she want in public schools? To be able to teach that Johnny's parents have a valid marriage even though it is a fifth marriage for each of them and they met last week in Vegas, but Jane's parents have an invalid marriage because they are two women who have shared their lives for 30 years?
    This dichotomy has NEVER been addressed to my satisfaction.

    Posted by: Patrick | Aug 21, 2009 1:54:24 PM

  17. Let's see... Stress eating, obsessing about other people's sexuality...

    All signs that Maggie Gallagher is extremely sexually frustrated. Maybe those Adam Lambert fans need to save those dildos and throw 'em at Maggie. From the looks of things, she sure could use one.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Aug 21, 2009 1:56:10 PM

  18. That was the first time I've ever heard Maggie defend her position without descending into total blather. While I disagree with her, this one time she stated her position well;
    actually both sides states their positions well.

    Posted by: Austin | Aug 21, 2009 2:06:55 PM

  19. Really boys? Fat jokes? I think Mags is about as ridiculous as you all do, but can't we be civil? Its not like she didn't say 20 things that we could mock her over, we don't have to fall back to fat jokes like a bunch of bitch circuit queens.

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 21, 2009 2:08:44 PM

  20. Is all that weight gain from food or from booze? Mighty hypocritical for this woman to be going on about man-woman marriage as the only way to raise a child when she was an unmarried mother for the first ten years of her kid's life.

    Posted by: Pete | Aug 21, 2009 2:11:15 PM

  21. Couldn't she find something better to do with her time than this? Why is this so important to her? She is this generation's Anita Bryant.

    Posted by: Boris | Aug 21, 2009 2:30:17 PM

  22. Maggie deliberately fails to understand the simple reason why DOMA is discriminatory. In the states which have marriage equality, where there is no distinction between gay and straight couples under the law, gay couples still receive no federal benefits, thus they are discriminated against. DOMA interferes with a state's ability to determine their own marriage laws. Everything else is blather. I do credit Lou for calling her on the bullshit that gay couples marrying somehow damages het couples. Whatever damage has been done within marriage, they've done themselves. Yeah, she's a fat cow, but that's the least of what's objectionable about her. She accuses the Obama administration of being disingenuous, but she's the one who's pretending not to understand why DOMA is discriminatory from a purely legal standpoint.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 21, 2009 3:11:36 PM

  23. When your best comeback to Maggie is to make fun of her weight it makes the lot of you look ignorant, childish and petty. Please shut up and quit making the rest of us look bad.

    Posted by: Lee | Aug 21, 2009 3:13:52 PM

  24. Fat cunt!

    Posted by: Paul | Aug 21, 2009 3:17:49 PM

  25. Great reminder why I don't watch Dobb's show. The playing dumb act is so grating.

    Posted by: Washington | Aug 21, 2009 3:51:04 PM

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