Let’s remember that the Grand Ole party ain’t just ONE party….
The Rightwingnuts might be fighting against ALL things doing with Gays…
But there ARE peopel in the GOP, A LOT with money who aren’t on the Hard Right Train…..
The New Jersey Governor has declined to follow thru on going legal against Same-Sex Marriage in Jersey….
When Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday he was surrendering the fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey, prominent social conservatives quickly lined up to excoriate the prospective 2016 presidential candidate, branding him a coward, a quitter, and “an unreliable ally for true conservatives.”
But Christie’s true base of supporters couldn’t have been happier.
Indeed, amid all the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth on the religious right, the GOP’s donor class quietly rejoiced that Christie — widely viewed as the golden boy of his party’s moderate, Northeastern, corporate establishment — had chosen to abandon this particular culture war battle. Though few of them are eager to acknowledge it on the record, the monied tri-state-dwelling donors who made up Mitt Romney’s core base of donors and are likely to fund Christie’s 2016 campaign generally support same-sex marriage. More importantly, they see it as a losing issue for their party.
To this crowd, Christie was demonstrating sharp political skill and admirable pragmatism — not weak-willed squishiness — in his decision to politely reiterate his personal belief in “traditional marriage,” and then bow out of what would almost certainly be a long, tense, brand-damaging legal battle he was likely to lose.
“They would rather not see this issue on the table [in 2016],” said one high-level GOP fundraiser, speaking of the party’s New York donors. “They’re focused on economic issues and trying to win… I can see [Christie’s move] playing well to a great deal of them.”