It’s always a gray margin between rightly criticizing someone on “our team” and providing fodder for the other jokers to use. See Gingrich, Newt, for an example of how that works and how effective it can be. Nevertheless, I was hesitant to write anything that might have resulted in a flame war below — between people who agree on most everything and need one another’s support to win in 2012 — but my fellow blogger in disgust-at-conservatives John Cole saved me:
(BallonJuice) — What he should be really praised for are all the many things he and his administration have done, some of which Glenn mentioned, but that was really just the tip of the iceberg- check this exhaustive list of advances for gay rights. I’d cut and paste it, but it would scroll 4-5 pages.
That isn’t an “impressive” record. It’s AMAZING. That’s what flummoxes me about many activists. Those are real accomplishments, yet we still had folks (Dan Choi, Aravosis, I’m looking at you) flaming the President. Contrary to what Glenn says, the President stating he supports same-sex marriage isn’t an action, it’s a statement. What is listed here are real actions. Yet most of those accomplishments received little fanfare or were even downplayed by the very same activists who today are doing cartwheels over “just words.” It’s almost as if for some activists, affirmation is more important than accomplishments.
Don’t get me wrong, I think what happened today is a big deal, and I recognize how important it is and I am very glad it has happened. And I understand that affirmation in this context, by the most powerful politician in the country, can be a game-changer But even if Obama had maintained his earlier position on same-sex marriage, he still has done more to advance gay rights than any other President, by a ridiculously wide margin. Faced with a congress more hostile than what Bill Clinton ever faced, he is UNDOING much of the damage inflicted on the gay community by none other than Bill Clinton.
I never thought I would see the day when a sitting President endorsed gay marriage. But that day has arrived, and it gives me a thin reed of hope, maybe we could see other good things come to pass that, for now, seem highly doubtful