Thursday, May 10, 2012

Obama's Pre-Election Change of Heart on Same-Sex Marriage

At the Wall Street Journal, "Obama's Marriage Act":

Congratulations to President Obama for matching his public policy with what everyone already knew were his private beliefs. His statement Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage spared the public the ruse of waiting until after the election to state the inevitable.

First his Justice Department refused to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, and then Mr. Obama had said his views on the subject were "evolving." The Beltway chatter now is that Vice President Joe Biden's public support this week for gay marriage had cornered Mr. Obama into his own change of heart. But as with pretty much all Presidential actions lately, you don't have to be a cynic to wonder about Team Obama's political re-election calculations.

Everyone agrees that the election's number one issue is the U.S. economy. Insofar as it's not really possible for Mr. Obama to change that subject, he can at least give the chattering classes something else to write about. This qualifies. During a political cycle when few besides Rick Santorum wanted to talk about social issues, Mr. Obama has now reinserted one of the hottest into the debate.
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Michelle is making me laugh at the clip, calling out Obama's flip-flops like "lava lamps."