67% of voters say Obama full of politics on gay marriage
From The NY Times, Poll Sees Obama Gay Marriage Support Motivated by Politics:
Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes.
Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News since the announcement said they thought that Mr. Obama had made it “mostly for political reasons,” while 24 percent said it was “mostly because he thinks it is right.” Independents were more likely to attribute it to politics, with nearly half of Democrats agreeing.
His shiny new political object isn’t so shiny after all.
I see the makings of a major political disaster not because people disagree with Obama’s position on gay marriage (although many do), but because it revealed once again the cynical money-hungry permanent campaigner and self-absorved politician he is.
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Anyone who didn’t know that about him already wasn’t paying attention–and probably isn’t now, either, not in any substantive way.
A couple of ticks down in the polls because of these people can just as easily go the other way when the media begin in earnest to turn Romney into Pol Pot.
I am not trying to jinx this election but I honestly think Obama’s campaign is just bungling it this time out. Not that he wasn’t operating with a wicked handicap (aka his record) I think they’ve been utterly tone-deaf and self destructive.
Obama 2008 was like a virus that our national immune system had not experienced previously. 2012 is a different story because the virus has acquired the markers of Obama’s record.
However, Obama has also acquired the formidable advantages of incumbency. Our presumptive nominee is, um, uncharismatic; otoh, knock on wood, that suggests he is unlikely to self-destruct in one swell foop (compare McCain 2008).
I feel more constructive about the outcome than I expected to, but there is a very long way to go and it would be insane to be complacent.
I agree completely, no room for complacency at all here. I also like your analogy to a virus. We’ve all now had our shots even those of us who were already immune.
Obama goes to great lengths to avoid speaking with people who might challenge or contradict him on anything. That’s basically Valerie Jarrett’s job in the White House, to vet any meetings he takes to eliminate such conflict – as if he were a King with Divine Right who cannot be contradicted, his audiences are screened so he isn’t force to order executions.
Bill Daley arranged for the secret meeting with Archbishop Dolan on the mandate issue, and (as Chief of Staff) left Jarrett out of the loop. Daley was swiftly retired just after that.
These people are not only incapable of changing their minds or learning from their mistakes, they are organically incapable of even admitting the possibility they made one. Notice the closest Obama ever comes is when he accepts responsibility for “not properly explaining” his policies.
This Obama campaign has been a walking, talking disaster. Good thing for them they have a back-up plan.
Professor….I agree with you 99.9% of the time, but this time I’m more inclined to see latest little fiasco as nothing more than a pre-planned strategy to distract us from the more serious things that are happening in Obama’s administration.
I think he totally approves of gay marriage. That he revealed it is totally political.
He doesn’t care about gay marriage unless it gets him up the ladder. He doesn’t care about religion unless it gets him up the ladder – the reality is he doesn’t care about anything but himself.
He’ll SAY anything. Ever so cynically, he must laugh at night that people drink the kool-aid.
IF he had run on his “beliefs” or true lack thereof, he would never have been elected. So there is HOPE after all. People voted for what they thought was a moderate, religious but not too, family man who shared their own high ideals and aspirations. The nation will not vote for that creature he is now revealed to be.
That he is a train-wreck has to hurt.
I’ve always said that Obama wears religion like a suit. He wears different suits depending on the audience. Gays get their own special new Obama suit. The only difference is that it is new.
Since there is no appropriate thread to talk about the “Video of the Day” clips I’ll just stick this here:
Nice Tremeloes clip. There are few things as good as a bouncy 60’s pop tune.
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Notice, that for all publicity over it, all Obama really said was this is his personal opinion. He’s not committing to trying to repeal DOMA, he still believes it is a matter for the states, and he won’t take any steps to force states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. He gave them NOTHING except his opinion. That’s it.
The gay lobby and the media, it turns out, are cheap dates.
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Obama’s duplicity is revealed continuously. He tells Russia he’ll be more flexible AFTER the election. Till 2013, he’ll be busy deceiving Americans on the issue of selling out our defense plans.
He told some Canadians something like that last election, I forget the issue, or who exactly … but it was the same deal … “don’t worry, I just have to SAY I’m against this, but trust me, I’m not”.
Then he asks Rev. Wright to shut up about him in Wright’s public appearances, because it is hurting his campaign. He lies that he never heard Wright say anti-American racist ideals, yet Obama seems still dedicated to black liberation theology, if only as a tactic.
He announced to ACORN (2004 or so) that he wants “single payer” (socialized medicine), and the left’s path to single payer is Obamacare … ie. the destruction of our current system.
The real Obama is the radical subversive that learned deception from Alinsky. His positions don’t “evolve”, he just transmogrifies his moderate persona to fit the day, while whispering to his radical base … “don’t worry, I’m just telling lies to win the election”.
Obama doesn’t “flip flop” to be what the public wants, he boldly lies to cover his radical and subversive agenda. The man wants to fundamentally transform our country, and he knows America doesn’t want that. So he lies with a big cheesy grin.
..he boldly lies to cover his radical and subversive agenda.
When people come to terms with this basic truth is when everything Obama says and does make perfect sense.
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Obama’s search for a narrative…
War on Dogs – oops, that went poorly
War on Women – oops, Romney has the womens’ vote
War on racism – oops, Zimmerman is part black
War on Bullies – oops, Obama admits to shoving a little girl
War on Rich – oops, majority sees the 1% as a national asset
Obviously, this calls for an Obama War on Voters.