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.

Once Burned, Twice Shy

A story in today’s WaPo* about Mitt’s Veep pick says that he is likely to choose someone “he sees as competent and ready to be president.”

You’d kind of assume that would go without saying, but not after 2008.

So that’s a relief, maybe we’ll get someone who knows what the Federal Reserve is, what role Germany played in WWII, why there is a North and South Korea, that the Queen doesn’t run the British government, that Saddam Hussein didn’t attack us on 9/11, etc.

After the Palin debacle, there is a concern about some potential candidates who are seen as inexperienced — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is seen as tainted by his support for vaginal probe ultrasounds, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seen as bombastic.

The Romney campaign sounds like Goldilocks.

I don’t think Mitt will pick a woman.  I don’t think that’s because of Palin, I think that’s because of him.

* “Mitt Romney’s ‘veepstakes’ begin,” Philip Rucker