I see the Beltway has their feinting couches (And I mean feint) and smelling salts at the ready, always important should they need to be revived after passing out at the latest manufactured crisis that’s all the right-wing rage today. Concern trolling on gay marriage was going gangbusters among the Morning Joe gang, especially with GOP Joe, but they didn’t invent the genre or create this particular iteration of it.
(NY Daily) — Skeptical reporters weren’t buying, suggesting by their questions that Obama is trying to have it both ways by trumpeting his opposition to state bans on gay marriage while refusing to say he supports it
.”It seems cynical to hide this until after the election,” ABC’s Jake Tapper challenged Carney. “Everybody in this room is reacting in the way that folks often do to one story that takes off and then they run down the field and chase it,” Carney complained. “It is as it was.”
The issue became a flash point Sunday when Vice President Biden said he is “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”
Only the most agile villagers can pivot from the most ‘radical anti-American lefty commie President in history’ to calling Obama out for being too centrist. But that’s exactly the contortions you will see throughout the news day today by top rated media acrobats.
I’m not sure exactly what all is going on here, but there’s a healthy dose of wishful thinking afflicting some pundits I’ve seen this morning already, and it seems to be spreading mostly on the right. They seem to think they have uncovered some kind of fault line that will cause collapse. Let’s be clear: If the election was between a candidate who endorsed traditional marriage and one who promoted civil unions instead, then yes, single-issue pro-civil rights voters would tend to choose the former and those against gay marriage, and teh gay in general, would probably not vote at all or vote for the former.
But that’s hardly the choice available. Single issue voters, and most anyone else with a cable news subscription or Internet service, have been extraordinarily well-informed about exactly what the choice is by the respective parties. One party has a big wing that is weighing the political risks and benefits of civil unions vs marriage, the other has a vocal wing torn between putting gay people in prison and putting them to death to appease a magical invisible sky wizard who, sooner or later, will rejoice at flinging them out of Heaven’s Judgment room and turn them over to an immortal psychopath for eternal torture. It happens that no matter what the quasi-sane members of the prison vs death wing say, those holding hatred and prejudice tight like a warm blanket can’t help but shoot their mouths off 24/7 about how much they hate teh gay and want them punished in some horrible way.
If anyone on the right — or the left — thinks that’s a hard decision for single issues voters, or most anyone else, there’s probably two explanations: they believe in magical invisible wizards and some form of pixie dust themselves, or they have a vested, cynical interest in hyping a non issue to sell copy and advertising. Capiche Mr. Tapper et al?