Maggie Gallegher threatens a rain of fire and brimstone on New York Republicans for having had the temerity to allow a majority vote on marriage equality. “Consequences to be continued,” she snarls, in her best Godfather style.

I wish I believed her. More likely, the plutocrats who call the shots in the GOP will figure out a way to get their “social conservative” useful idiots to rally around the Party of Tax Cuts for the Unspeakably Rich.

As long as the Republicans are willing to deny reproductive freedom to women, they’ll keep getting the Church Lady vote. And the (minimally) bipartisan nature of the vote will allow the glibertarians to keep ignoring the inconsistency between voting Republican and supporting personal liberty.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.