Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Gay Way
The only thing that matters is that he has come out in favor of it. The only thing.
It's kind of like when George Bush the elder came out against broccoli, only this time it's positve and important. And what comes of the Obama announcement is the following:
1. Suddenly, the cause has legitimacy that it didn't have.
2. Pollsters immediately want to know if the people back the president, and the polls suggest, however tenuously, that a majority of Americans do.
3. Pollsters want to know if it will affect the election, because for the media, a major quality-of-life issue, a civil rights issue, is really only fodder for the big story.
4. Presidents can't retreat from the gay issue now, not until it is resolved in some way.