Posted on | May 9, 2012 | 56 Comments
President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.
Of course, as Ace of Spades pointed out earlier, Obama had stated his support for gay marriage as early as 1996:
Answering a questionnaire in 1996, he wrote: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”
With the slavish assistance of the media, Obama has been conveniently permitted to pretend to be “moderate” on an issue where his actual position has always been radical.
UPDATE: Again, Ace of Spades:
Meanwhile, George Stephanopolous and Dianne Sawyer are greeting this news with giddy joy, as if they’re drunk.
In Dianne’s case, of course, that’s not an “as if” thing at all.
What is pathetic, as I say, is that everybody knows Obama could not have won even the Iowa caucus in 2008 if he had been campaigning as openly pro-gay-marriage — that is to say, clearly to the left of Hillary Clinton on this issue.
In order to enhance his “viability,” the media bit their tongues and looked the other way while Obama engaged in a flimflam charade of moderation. He would have carried on that dishonest scam as long as necessary to win the general election, except that his big-money gay donors threatened to cut him off. And what his media idolators now will celebrate as another “gutsy call” never would have happened otherwise!
UPDATE II: Video:
Bonus upside? Mitt Romney will now have to campaign against gay marriage. Not that he wants to, but now he must. The Newtonian principle of two-party politics requires it.
UPDATE III: Headline at Hot Air:
UPDATE IV: Donald Douglas at American Power:
If Mitt Romney really wants to show he’s conservative, the president couldn’t have handed him a better opportunity.