Thompson Is Not These Conservatives’ Conservative

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The Arlington Group, a right-wing conservative Christian supergroup (think Queens of the Stone Age, but anti-queen), is conducting some kind of America’s Next Top Model contest with the GOP candidates. The National Review’s Campaign Spot reports that Thompson is not so much the Caridee of the contest (goofy but likeable) as the Jade (confusing)*:

“There has been a great deal of excitement about the possibility of a Thompson campaign; many of us are very happy about how clearly he criticized and called for the overturn of Roe v. Wade. But there is concern that the federalist constitutional amendment that he leans toward on marriage just wouldn’t work. How can you have a couple married in Massachusetts and then, when they move to Tennessee they’re not married anymore? It just seems to our legal people that America is going to end up with one definition of marriage. That’s what we want, actually, and we want that definition to be the traditional one… We hope to convince all the candidates that on this issue federalism is a not as high a value philosophically as making sure marriage has traditional configuration.”

*I wish I could say I stole this analogy from Maureen Dowd but it is the product of my own impoverished imagination.