When Bruce e-mailed me a link to a tweet he had received on the president’s first sit down interview with gay media, I wrote back quickly saying, that the Democrat must “really must be fearing that he’s losing the gay vote”. And sure enough, following the link a few hours later, I read this on AMERICAblogGay’s Twitter page:
RT @chrislhayes: Note to WH: Just a thought, might be a good idea to communicate directly to your base *before* the last week of a campaign
The reports we’ve been reading about a dispirited gay base may well be more than just reports.
Now comes word that in that interview, he said his views on gay marriage were “evolving.” And the cynic in me wondered if it was that he was evolving on gay marriage, but that he was pandering to the gay community, recalling how so many rushed back to Bill Clinton even after he broke his promise on repealing the ban on gays serving in the military and, in the dead of the night, signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
With the rise of the blogosphere and Chris Hayes’ comment above, I don’t think as many gays are eager to return to the Democrats’ embrace as they were in the 1990s. Chalk it up to experience. And new media.