THIS SAYS IT – AT 8:23 A.M. ET: The big subject across the internet this morning is, of course, President Obama's unheartfelt conversion to the cause of same-sex marriage. The cynicism is so thick you can cut it with a knife.
The best quote I've found comes from Ed Rogers, a blogger for the Washington Post:
There is a lot of fawning media coverage of President Obama's new support for gay marriage. There is serious discussion of how he "evolved," and there are serious timelines being prepared by the Obama apologencia that earnestly track his "evolution." The only problem is they don't put "evolution" in quotation marks to highlight the cynical doubts that Obama's conversion deserves. There is every reason to believe that this decision was made because Obama thinks it serves his current selfish political interests. He characterizes his politically expedient flip-flop as a theological "evolution." The reality is, his political trajectory has stalled and he "evolved" into a desperate political situation.
The path to his final "evolution" and telling the truth about how he really feels about gay marriage don’t 't just reveal his changed thinking, it perfectly matches his political needs at every step of his ambitious career. Let's pause before we do any planning for an expansion to the eventual Obama monument on the Mall.
COMMENT: Very well said. The president has simply flip-flopped, and that diminishes his ability to use the "flip-flopper" argument against Mitt Romney. Obama will get some street cred now from wealthy gay donors. But I think he's also done himself some damage. No more Mr. Hope 'n Change. Now it's Mr. Change When it Suits Me.
May 10, 2012