A CBS News/New York Times poll shows that two thirds of Americans believe that President Obama’s recent “evolution” on gay marriage was a political stunt while one quarter thinks his change was “mostly because he thinks it is right.”
Amusingly, an Obama campaign official claimed that the poll used a “biased sample.” Surely she recognizes that this poll was done by two of the most pro-Obama organizations in America.
Perhaps what we are witnessing, pace Andrew Sullivan, is America’s First Gay Ex-President.
Political bettors also don’t think Obama’s flip-flop-flip (he was for gay marriage before he was against it before he was for it) is a winner, with Obama’s betting odds (to be elected president) slightly lower than they were prior to his May 9th position change. Still, Obama leads Mitt Romney in current betting by about 20 points, roughly 59 percent to 39 percent. (I’ve been buying Romney and selling Obama just a few points from these levels.)
Despite the issue not working so far, Democrats are doubling down, with 17 Senate Democrats (actually 16 Democrats plus socialist Bernie Sanders) asking the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to stop refusing green cards to foreign gay “spouses” of Americans.
It is true that Americans are steadily becoming more comfortable with homosexual relationships, and even with gay marriage, but we’re not comfortable with radicals shoving their views down our throats, even to the point of the President refusing to defend the duly-passed Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.
Voters recognize the tyranny of (so-called) good intentions when we see it, and that’s why the Democrats’ full-court pander on “gay rights” and gay marriage will not work except among college students and as a short-term fund-raising ploy — which is probably more than enough for an Obama campaign which has struggled to raise money outside of Hollywood and Manhattan. Of course, this only helps them raise money in Hollywood and Manhattan, but those are very fat arteries for the leeches that are Obama bundlers (of whom a reported one in six is gay) to bite into.
It is also worth noting that the “gay rights” activists are hearing what they want to hear, rather than what Obama is really saying: this president, who never found an issue that he didn’t want the federal government to dominate, says that individual states should decide on the permissibility of gay marriage. This following last Tuesday’s vote in North Carolina which by a stunning 61 percent to 39 percent margin became the 30th state to ban gay marriage. In fact, gay marriage has never passed a statewide vote of the people in any state in our republic. If “gay rights” are the moral equivalent of civil rights for blacks or voting rights for women, as Obama claims, how can he justify leaving the issue to the states — something few people (other than true racists) would have said about key 1960s civil rights legislation.
Obama was trying to have it both ways on the issue of gay marriage until Joe Biden pushed him off the fence. He’s still trying to have it both ways, but it’s not working. Conservatives, and some independents, are being pushed toward Romney while Obama shores up part, but not the African-American part, of his voting base. If his gleeful gay bundlers were paying attention to Obama’s actual policy prescription, they would be a lot less happy than Ricky Martin seems to be. But when you have the “first gay president,” facts be damned! How can you not just write a check?
Again, despite all the media frenzy and Hollywood hosannas, in the real world Americans are not fooled by Barack Obama’s transparently political ploy.