Prez Tosses Cap Over Windmill

And I’m sure Mitt will pick it up and run with it.

President Obama told ABC News that he supports gay marriage:  “I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

This puts the President at odds with many of his African-American and Hispanic supporters.  Will they vote for Mitt?  No, but some of them will stay home.

The President has just spent a lot of political capital and hurt himself in some swing states (maybe created more swing states?) on something that he can’t do anything about.

An unforced error for Obama, a good day for Mitt.  This steps all over the negative attention Mitt was getting for lying about his support for the auto bailouts.

I have a bad feeling about this.  If Mitt has been dragged back into the past on social issues by the right-wing zealots, Obama may now have been dragged too far into the future by left-wing elites.  The President is right when he says that support for gay marriage will continue to increase.  But this is the 2012 election, not 2016.

The way to win is to appeal to the Goldilocks voter.  Everything in moderation, people.

4 comments on “Prez Tosses Cap Over Windmill

  1. At least Obama is honest about his gay marriage sentiments, albeit a long time coming.
    Romney never has bee honest about anything, and never will.

  2. momshieb says:

    I somewhat agree with you, but I am trying to be more optimistic. I am a very liberal person (although about as far from an “elitist” as you can get, with my public school job, my public university education and my Occupy Boston children). I have been planning to vote Socialist this time around, but yesterday’s statement has me rethinking that. Maybe people will be so surprised by an act of political honesty that they will support him.
    OR: perhaps all of this has been very carefully considered by the President’s handlers and completely weighed and measured before he spoke…….

    • I don’t think the Obama people could have looked at the long string of state votes opposing marriage equality and decided it would help him in the swing states. They must know it’s a risk.
      I just hate to think he might lose the election on something where his views won’t change anything right now. No gay couple can get married today that couldn’t yesterday because of his comments. If he intervened, for example, in a genocide in Africa and saved some lives, but lost the election, I would say it was worth it. But his speaking out now isn’t worth four years of Mitt.

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