I don’t know when, but probably soon, and definitely before Election Day.
President Obama continues to play cute with his position on gay marriage, remaining opposed, we think, while his press secretary can say only that the president’s position is “evolving.”
Vice President Biden’s position is also evolving.
I’ve never heard of a politician saying their view on any matter is “evolving,” but in this White House, on this issue, we’ve got two of them.
Evolving is a “have your cake and eat it too” strategy that suggests to gays Obama might support same-sex marriage while telling voters who oppose it that he doesn’t. Credibility apparently doesn’t come into play here.
A poll released today by Gallup shows what’s going on.
Gallup finds that 50 percent of American say gay marriage should be legal, while 48 percent don’t think so. Support is actually down a notch from last year, when 53 percent backed it.
So here’s the cute part. Whatever Obama does, half the nation will disagree with him. So he pursues a middle course that hopefully upsets no one.
But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Monday was pummeled with questions from incredulous reporters who were openly questioning the president’s honesty on the issue. Now there’s more to be lost politically by saying nothing. The president has begun to look shady. And the “evolving position” stance threatens to become a national joke.
Obama had hoped to put this issue to the side until after Election Day. But it’s become apparent he’ll have to make his move sooner. His aides will hope that his slow “evolution” will cast him as having taken a suitably cerebral approach and immunize him against charges he is a flip flopper on the issue.
But the damage is done. Unbeknownst to the White House, the America people are not idiots. They can see he’s tried to fool everyone. They know if he was being on the level, he’d be the last liberal standing who opposes gay marriage. And besides, he supported it when he wasn’t running for president.
The only benefit stating his position will have is that it will make the issue go away. And it this point, that will be enough for the White House.