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Obama: Wishy-Washy on Gay Marriage–as on Most Issues

There doesn’t seem to be an issue on which Obama hasn’t changed his position in the course of this campaign. Sometimes it’s on successive days. Now, that it’s become evident to all and sundry that the “surge” has succeeded, his advisers and surrogates are trying to say that he never really was against the surge.

Even though he has long promised to begin preparations for withdrawal from Iraq the moment he takes the oath of office, he may well reconsider that now. But, then again, maybe he won’t listen to the military and hold to his long-standing plan of rapid withdrawal.

During the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, he said he was opposed to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and wanted to negotiate while dispatching senior economic adviser Austan Goolsbee to Canada to tell our neighbors to the north that the candidate didn’t really didn’t mean what he said.

Now, it looks like he’s doing the same thing on gay marriage. While he says he opposes gay marriage, favoring retaining the traditional definition (seeing it as the union of one man and one woman), he has come out against California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative which would amend the state’s constitution to define marriage as believes he should be defined.

Yet, should that proposition fail (as he would like it to), the state Supreme Court’s decision mandating gay marriage would stand, thus giving us gay marriage in the Golden State. Not just that, in a letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, he congratulated those who “who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks.” If he’s congratulated this gay people on getting married, seems he’s defining their unions as marriage.

It looks like he favors gay marriage, only he says that he doesn’t.

Can’t this man take a stand on any issue?

In a more detailed post, Dale Carpenter explores Obama’s puzzling position on same-sex marriage. Just read the whole thing!

An Agenda Everyone Can Rally Around

Well, except maybe poor Jimmah.

Recently, I sent Limbaugh an e-mail message, his preferred means of long-distance communication, asking what his own presidential agenda would look like. His answer reflects his actual concerns. A Limbaugh administration would seek to:

1. Open the continental shelf to drilling. Ditto the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

2. Establish a 17 percent flat tax.

3. Privatize Social Security.

4. Give parents school vouchers to break the monopoly of public education.

5. Revoke Jimmy Carter’s passport while he is out of the country.

6. Abandon all government policies based on the hoax of man-made global warming.

Very interesting piece in the New York Times of all things about conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. It’s surprisingly good and while the author Chafets may want to think that “No. 5 was a joke”, I have a sneaky suspicion that quite a number of Americans would agree with Rush on this. Frankly, I agree with the whole list here and the abandonment of most of these ideas is largely responsible for why the GOP finds itself in deep doo-doo this election cycle.

— John (Average Gay Joe)