TPM caught up with Maggie Gallagher at CPAC on Friday, where the National Organization for Marriage official said even she was shocked at Rick Santorum's recent electorial victories.
"I came out after I saw his speech in Iowa, personally, for Rick Santorum and what I saw there was a guy that none of us thought had a chance had fought his way into contention," Gallagher told TPM. "He's been the hero for those who care about life and marriage and a whole lot of other issues, not only when the cameras are on and when it's easy, but when it's hard. So it's amazing to watch this man, who's a genuinely good man and a hero for conservatives, step into his 'A' game."
"That's what happens when you have a man who's not being crafted by what he thinks the voters want to hear but is trying to tell them important truths that he cares about and believes they share,' Gallagher said.
Gallagher said that if Santorum can get close to Romney in Michigan that that "campaign narrative will change."
Romney, Gallagher said, may be more liberal on gay rights but she believes he's always opposed gay marriage.
"I believe, and I know there are people who disagree, but I was around when he fought pretty hard against gay marriage in Massachusetts, he did lose, but I don't think it does our movement any good if when people rise up and do the right thing in a political battle, we then years later claim their position was different than what it really was," Gallagher said.