Barack Obama got the best of the gay marriage debate – for the first 24 hours. But like the Democrats' "war on women" rhetoric, it is already backfiring on him, as anyone outside the president's far-left echo chamber might have warned him.
The first Gallup poll since Obama's flip-flop-flip (he was for gay marriage before he was against it before he was for it) show that of the people whose vote is likely to be swayed by Obama's Biden-induced move, twice as many – including twice as many independents – are now more likely to vote against Obama than for him.
Perhaps more importantly, Mitt Romney need only offer a modest defense of marriage -- an issue on which he does not have a history of changing his view -- in order to attract the socially conservative wing of the GOP base, formerly supportive of Rick Santorum and perhaps Newt Gingrich, who have been reticent to support Romney. That movement was evident in the warm reception received by Romney when he gave the commencement speech to the evangelical Liberty University – a place which teaches that Mormonism is a cult – on Saturday. Evangelical leaders such as Gary Bauer and Tony Perkins, who have substantial influence over many Christian conservative voters, both praised Romney’s speech in which Romney, at least in part, was able to play off Obama’s move to overtly support gay marriage.
In short, Obama is shoring up the GOP base more effectively than he's shoring up his own base. Thanks, Joe!
The Washington Post hit piece on Mitt Romney – over 5000 words and far too conveniently timed after Obama's "evolution" on gay marriage – is turning into a bigger embarrassment for the Post than for Romney. At least two key claims of the article have turned out to be wrong, and perhaps outright fabrications. And the newspaper was also caught changing the online version of the article – to make it look like one of those lies was never told by the reporter – without acknowledging that a change was made. How those editors can sleep with themselves can only be explained by realizing that they believe themselves part of the Obama reelection team more than they believe themselves journalists.
But the "jump the shark" moment for the gay marriage issue has to be Newsweek's upcoming cover showing Barack Obama with a rainbow-colored halo over his head, with the words "The First Gay President" below the president as he stares off, prophet-like, into the distance.
The article inside the magazine is written by Andrew Sullivan, one of the nation's most well-known openly-gay blogger-columnists. Sullivan arm-chair analyzes Obama: "He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family."
More likely, he had to reconcile his black Democratic base, one of the most anti-gay marriage voting blocs in the country, with his Hollywood Democratic base, one of the most pro-gay groups in the country. After Vice-President Biden's loose lips last Sunday, that reconciliation became urgent. Or more precisely, picking a side, since reconciliation of the irreconcilable is impossible, even for a haloed president. With the Washington Post reporting that "About one in six of Obama’s top campaign 'bundlers' are gay, according to a Washington Post review of donor lists, making it difficult for the president to defer the matter," and a multi-million dollar fund-raiser scheduled for later last week, Obama’s rapid “evolution” was no surprise.
As voters see the media functioning as full propagandists for Obama, it can only hurt the president with swing voters who know not just bias, but as Bernard Goldberg put it, “a slobbering love affair…between Barack Obama and the mainstream media.”
While Obama’s far-left base was initially overjoyed by the president’s “evolution,” they should hold their applause; Obama, perhaps for the first time in his presidency, has suggested that he believes in the principles of federalism, and that the determination of the actual permissibility of gay marriage should be left to the states. Quite a laugh from a man who has never before found an issue where he did not want the federal government to trump and trounce the 9th and 10th Amendments.
So, just as Barack Obama was about to come out of his pro-gay marriage closet, from which he’s been peeking out for years, the citizens of North Carolina voted by a stunning 61 percent to 39 percent margin to become the 30th state to ban gay marriage. Gay marriage has never been affirmed by a vote of the people in any state in our republic, though it has been imposed by judges or legislatures in several.
Even as gay marriage has become roughly a 50/50 issue in the United States, the concentration of support is in regions already very likely to vote for Obama (or any Democrat.) In swing states, including North Carolina, the politics of supporting gay marriage is likely to hurt Obama, and perhaps cost him the election.
Again, this will be due in part to swing voters not appreciating Obama’s aggressively pushing his moral code on the rest of us, and in part due to Republican conservatives being more motivated to support Romney, with their labors and their donations, than they might otherwise have been. It is also worth noting that some key swing states, such as North Carolina and Ohio, have large black populations; blacks are perhaps the most consistent anti-gay marriage voting bloc in the nation, with reports suggesting that 70 percent of blacks in California supported Proposition 8 which banned gay marriage in the state, versus 53 percent of Hispanics and only 49 percent of whites.
Perhaps Barack Obama, one of the most hyper-partisan, hyper-political presidents in history, was actually telling the truth when he said that the political ramifications of his support of gay marriage might not be positive for him.
It that is true, and there is plenty of reason to believe it is, we may well see our first Gay Ex-President.
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