"ABC News has only released one brief clip of Obama's conversation about gay marriage today, but it seems fairly clear from the network's coverage that his announcement amounts to much less than meets the eye. He now believes that gay couples should be able to marry. He doesn't believe they have a right to do so. This is like saying that black children and white children ought to attend the same schools, but if the people of Alabama reject that notion—what are you gonna do? "

It's pretty clear that this was a rushed piece of political positioning (I've read some reports that this was planned as the big convention lead-in but Biden spilled the beans) and I've been pondering the thinking that went into this.

My guess is that this is a money plus college student beats lost black vote (if any) equation that they believe works for them.

It will be interesting to watch.


ou812dot: Five years ago I would have thought you were being cynical. Now I realize that anything like this is so hyper analyzed that what the prez actually thinks about this issue is irrelevant. What is very relevant is how it will poll, which demographic it inspires and how that relates to his electability. Has this always been the case or was there a magical time when politicians actually had views and opinions that weren't the result of which way the wind was blowing?

posted by cliffelam: 2504 days ago