December 23, 2011
By Adam Bink
Following up on the Obama/same-sex marriage discussion that Jacob posted on earlier today, John Aravosis makes this point over at AMERICABlog Gay in a piece titled “Note to the White House: Gingrich is already painting you as pro “gay marriage”:
Joe has written about this point repeatedly. No matter what the President does, the Republicans are going to paint him pink. Obama can say he’s “evolving” on marriage, but to the GOP that means he plans on hosting mass gay weddings in the Oval Office. Decades of experience fighting the far right has shown that they’re not exactly honestly in their accusations. The President can try to split the difference on gay marriage – evolving our way while still saying “no” – but to Republicans, to those who don’t like him and are just looking for a reason not to vote for him, the nuance is lost. The GOP is going to accuse President Obama of being pro gay marriage regardless of what the President actually says and does. Why not just embrace it, come out for marriage equality, and reap the benefits too.
It’s a good question, and I guess it’s predicated on three points being true (1) the people who are going to disapprove of Obama if he comes out for same-sex marriage aren’t going to vote for him anyway, or it will not be the overriding factor on their voting decision (2) for the people who will approve of his decision, it is a factor in their vote and/or they will work hard or harder than they currently have been to get him re-elected (3) group #2 > group #1, notwithstanding where they live and vote.