The 44th President of the United States did what no other president has done so far: stand in unequivocal support of marriage for same-sex couples.
Afterwards, the current front runner for the GOP candidate nomination did what most people expected him to do: reaffirm his unequivocal opposition to marriage for same-sex couples.
The president's campaign team responded with the following video, which included a clip of George Bush expressing ambivalence, if not support, over the issue of same-sex marriage.
I don't see a downside for the president coming out (sic) in support. After all, he advocated same-sex civil unions, not the act of homosexuality itself. Yes, it is possible to be against homosexuality in general yet not mind those of different proclivities to join in legally sanctioned union with one another. The only temporary loss will be scores of churchgoing black folk who will briefly reconsider their support of Obama until they remember what the alternative to an Obama administration looks like.
Mittens had to reaffirm the GOP party line to avoid looking like a fool to his own supporters. There's no way he can moderate his way out of this unless he wants to risk pissing off the Teabagger contingent. If he's worried about looking like a wimp in front of those folks, he should look back to his time in prep school, back when he cut a fellow classmate's hair under the assumption of him being "queer" and different. Of course, Romney has no recollection of the event:
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
Remember how his campaign people attempted to capitalize on Romney's zany antics as proof he wasn't completely wooden and robotic. You have to wonder if they're regretting that. Even his wife pitched in by vouching for the man's capacity for fun-loving:
“There’s a wild and crazy man inside of there just waiting to come out,” Romney’s wife, Ann — a graduate of Cranbrook’s sister school, Kingswood — attested in a television interview this month, evoking what she saw as his endearing and fun-loving prep-school persona.
Wild and crazy, indeed. The more the Obama team buries Romney and his ilk, the greater the chances of Obama's reelection.
And of course, there always has to be someone around to piss in the punch bowl. Yes, Obama is no LBJ. He's just Obama. And by all indications, that's plenty and then some.