Big Story!! (not)

Yesterday, President Obama came out… in support of gay marriage. It was a “stop the presses” moment for much of the media, which only shows how slender a hold media barons have on reality, or perhaps how slender a hold they think the rest of us have.

Look. In 1996, Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, whose major — most publicized — feature was that it allowed one state to refuse to recognize a same-sex marriage performed in another state.

  • Clinton lately has said he’s sorry he signed the bill.
  • Obama had already ordered the Justice Department not to defend the Act.
  • Vice-President Joe Biden, and a few other prominent Democratic figures as well, have come out in favor of gay marriage.
  • Mitt Romney is vocally opposed to it — at his most recent vocalizing, anyway.

What’s my point?

It’s this.

What else did the media, or anyone else, think the President was going to do?

My own reaction: it’s afuckingbout time. I’ve been losing respect for Obama, slowly but surely, for at least two years. This doesn’t regain all the lost ground, but it makes easier my already-made decision to vote for him in November.

Not that my vote will make a dime’s worth of difference. I live in a solid blue state; he’ll win here with or without me. Which leads to another rant — don’t worry, it’s a long way off — about our political process: the Electoral College, that cobbled-up bullshit intervention in the democratic process which ought to have been ruled unconstitutional at least 150 years ago.

Sorry, I did promise not to get into it now. I’ll behave. Honest.

See? I’m being have.

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2 thoughts on “Big Story!! (not)

  1. Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but it seems like a brilliant bit of political jujitsu by Team Obama. The president voices his support for gay marriage the day before The Post does a story detailing Romney’s formative years as
    a class bully?

    “He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann (…)
    Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romneys-prep-school-classmates-recall-pranks-but-also-troubling-incidents/2012/05/10/gIQA3WOKFU_print.html

    I think Team Obama was tipped off, or had good oppo research . Joe Biden’s gaffe was intended. He needed to quickly lay the groundwork– give the president a reason (that the media would believe) to announce his support as well. Obama surely would have made this announcement before the election anyway, but I think they saw an opportunity with this bully story coming out.

    You couldn’t ask for better optics. It’s a perfect crystallization of what each party stands for: The president believes in equal human rights. Romney is an intolerant bully. Well played.

    Maybe we should think less of them for further politicizing a serious issue, but I think it’s great! It shows how sharp and on their game Team Obama are. They’re ready to attack Romney on all fronts, and good for them, I say. About time they learned from the mistakes of Dukakis and Kerry.

    1. Paco — I was leery when Biden came out, thinking it was odd sequencing. And the media generally pick up on this as a “crossed wires” moment in the campaign. But your points are persuasive; one thing which triggers my “wait a minute” reflex is the wording of Obama’s comment on Biden: He got “a little bit over his skis.” That does not ring true as a genuine Obama line; I think it was fed to him. And if it was a feed, it was because this was more orchestrated than we’re urged to believe.

      Besides, Biden is looking at 2016. He has a big chip now to cash in as “being his own man” during the Obama Administration.

      Does this all sound devious and manipulative?

      Does the Pope wear a beanie?

      Phil

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