Biden’s Gay Marriage Fumble is Obama’s Stumble

“Losing it” should be President Obama’s re-election slogan. In trying to clean up after loose lips Vice-President Joe Biden’s gay marriage fumble, President Obama looks like the master of an undisciplined operation that should be dubbed clueless in the White House. After Biden forced him into a corner after his Sunday May 6th Meet the Press appearance, Obama concluded now was the time to appease the gay lobby, rake in large campaign donations and declare his support for same sex marriage.

Demonstrating how desperate the mainstream media is to prop up Obama no matter he does, the Washington Post published a smear piece alleging Mitt Romney bullied a gay classmate in high school. This looks like a coordinated effort between the Post and the White House to distract Americans from Obama’s gay gaffe, which is beyond disturbing for a national news publication.

In his TV appearance Biden said unequivocally:  “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women . . .are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.” When the president of the United States repeatedly makes oblique statements that his position on gay marriage is “evolving” like a weather report, it is a PR disaster of the greatest proportion when the Vice President states just the opposite.

Within minutes of Biden’s blunder, senior White House adviser David Axelrod tweeted “What VP said — that all married couples should have exactly the same legal rights — is precisely POTUS’s position.” Suddenly, Americans are confused because Obama, Biden’s boss, never stated a position on same sex marriage. Damage control ensued and a Biden spokesperson said that’s not really what joking Joe meant.

But the mess was only just beginning. Monday morning Education Secretary Arne Duncan jumped on the gay marriage bandwagon, saying he supported it too along with Joe. This bad idea to bring another Obama official into the gay marriage fracas was probably hatched by the White House to spin Joe’s comments as “personal views” rather than a policy position at odds with Obama. But when you are the Vice-President of the United States, the American people don’t view your opinion as personal.

Later that day, White House spokesperson Jay Carney inherited a mess, he made even messier. As he got pilloried with questions from perplexed reporters, Carney spent lots of time  trying to define the words personal, evolution and the president’s “well known position” on same sex marriage. Carney emphatically stated “The President said that his views on this are evolving.  I think.”

Next a reporter asked: Is he getting ready to change?

MR. CARNEY:  Not necessarily.  I think he just said they were evolving.  And that’s at a personal level.  His views on LGBT rights are crystal-clear and this administration has taken actions that are unparalleled to support those rights.  And he’ll continue to take those actions because he thinks that’s the right thing to do.

Then this: “The Vice President spoke very clearly about the President’s policies and they’re entirely consistent with the policies that this President has supported.  He also — he talked about evolution in this country and other issues, and those were personal views,” said Carney.

From “well known” to “evolving” to “crystal clear,” Carney himself seemed confused and dazed about Obama’s position on gay marriage. Perhaps this is why Obama thought he finally had to end his evolution and declare his support for gay marriage to clean up the mess. Instead Obama made a big mistake.

Only 3% of the US voting population is gay. Obama’s ego has gotten so big, he thinks he can appease his special interest groups and people will just vote for him anyway because he’s Obama! By announcing his support for gay marriage he sent a message to other voters (blacks, whites Hispanics, independents) the millions of dollars in campaign contributions he receives from the much smaller gay voting block matter more than the 97% of the rest of the electorate.

Independents who make up 40% of the electorate want to hear about jobs not a lesson on social issues. Blacks don’t support gay marriage 55% oppose compared to 42% in favor and 95% voted for Obama in 2008. When the issue was put on the ballot in California, it was blacks who were instrumental in helping to vote it down. Blacks and black churches in Maryland have been key in securing the 55,000 signatures needed to put gay marriage on the ballot in November in Maryland.  Over the past decade, the Americans in 30 states have voted against same sex marriage when it was put on the ballot.

Catholics don’t support same sex marriage and many Hispanics are Catholic and 67% of Hispanics voted for Obama in 2008. After the Obama administration mandated Catholic organizations pay for employees birth control pills under Obamacare, it seems he’s kissed the Catholic vote goodbye in 2012 with his gay marriage evolution.

If   Republicans and Romney are smart, they will exploit Obama’s sloppy misstep on gay marriage and remind voters this is yet another ploy to distract Americans from his Obama’s awful economic. At the same time, Romney has an opportunity to woo deeply religious voters, who cannot embrace Obama’s position on same sex marriage. It didn’t take Romney three plus years to evolve into his position on gay marriage because he’s trying to unite the country around one message of “a better America” not a divided America.

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14 Responses to “Biden’s Gay Marriage Fumble is Obama’s Stumble”

  1. Lawrence says:

    In response to ahc: The fact that you do not support gay marriage does not make you a bigot. In fact there are a number of gay & lesbian people who share your views. As a black man who is also LGBT identified I find the whole issue and campaign to be riddled with problems. That being said what may or may not make you a bigot is your beliefs that inform your decisions. The fact that when the subject of gay marriage arises your mind spins that into fears of legalizing pedphilia, bestiality, polygamy, incest and such, show that you do have got alot of learning to do. Using logic and common sense will help you. Marriage is a merger of equals with the intent to create and a fufilling life, protect your emotional and financial investments, and die with dignity with the person you love. The other are forms of abuse and are a vile misuse of power, trust, and leave people damaged. Abuse of any kind is both morally and ethically wrong. Although many people have a moral issue with LGBT people’s life choices it really shouldcomes down to ethics and whats going to promote stability and bringing us together as a nation.

  2. ahc says:

    A FEW QUESTIONS/COMMENTS on GAY MARRIAGE:

    If gay marriage is ok, why not make polygamy, incest, or pedophilia, OK?

    And all of aforementioned in the name of ‘LOVE’ will justify them all?

    Do the “ends” justify the “means” at any cost?

    Are gays really being honest with themselves and others in “coming out of the closet”? Why the need for gay “pride” in the first place decades ago?

    Perhaps someone can explain why they want to shame others for their hate or homophobia when they themselves needed to advertise and promote their own “pride” well before anyone knew about gay pride?

    ONE LAST POINT/QUESTION.
    Doesn’t the medical community recommend that you, “Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom.”?

    Yet, now there are some in the medical community that now say it’s OK to “Sleep with the waste that gets flushed down in the toilet?” and that it’s possible to live a perfectly normal life.

    - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    IF I OPPOSE INCEST, DOES THAT MAKE ME A BIGOT?
    To those who say that anti-gay marriage supporters are “bigots”, would anyone opposing polygamy, incest or pedophilia also be bigots?

  3. Charles Butler says:

    I love your blog! I wish that this country never voted for this smoozer! He came out to me as a superdouble speaker who only cared about himself! He is NOT a man of the people and the only reason why folks voted for him was because of the color of his skin, something that Martin Luther King did not fight for! I hope that his failure in chief has only one term and that the Republicans have the guts to repeat everything that this clown has illegally tried to do!

  4. John P. says:

    Hopefully you will consider those portions of the comments which represent valid critique as opposed to criticism. Those who are Black and conservative have traditionally been viewed as outcasts because of their inability to articulate their point of view. Blacks, in general, suffer from a lack of wisdom and turn on those who criticize the negative components of the Black community that is viewed by both Black and White as a nearsighted monolith. Independent thought is discouraged and forces Black youth into accepting negative lifestyles that predominate their everyday existence. Without going into the detailed remnants of continued psychological slavery which drives this mentality(which also drives the superiority complex of Whites), you are well within bounds of pursuing the path that you have chosen.

  5. fgfraser says:

    Maybe I should have simply said your a token black chick producers find amusing when there is a empty time slot or trivial subject to have you comment on. That they find you are willing to demonstrate your lack of knowledge on a subject is liken to Sarah Palin’s comments on I can see Russian from my house. It’s just meaningless. I suppose that your an example of how bad the economy is since your not working a MacDonalds and wasting your time on this blog instead of actually helping someone live a better life.

  6. fgfraser says:

    This Blog is a disgrace. You are a poser, its a sham to portray yourself as a concerned black women. This is an ego oriented example of a individual attempt to gain some type of position or purpose. How you get on TV is beyond me. You must offer sex to the producers for there is no other reason for you to be expressing opinions on the same sub level as Sarah Palin. You use no facts to support your claims and everyone you debate if you can call using excuses to support a position a debate, looks at you as someone strange and confuse. To use your race to promote yourself is simply disgraceful.
    Do you honestly think anyone actually looks at your comments as a benefit or an attempt to be helpful in making a determination regarding an important issue? Only those as uninformed as yourself would find them remotely interesting. You offer no actual proof to support your objective. Your just like Romney in that all you opinions are hollow and empty thoughts so it’s no wonder that you feel he is qualified to be a president. For what is the point that you support a loser except the this is a losers blog for losers to pander to.

  7. Deondre says:

    Chick you are bat $h*t crazy. I commend you for having an opinion, well actually I can’t because you are merely recycling talking points from right wing nuts. You can have and should have some conservative views but these todays so called conservatives dont even know the meaning of the word. How can you as a “BLACK” woman agree with there views. If these jokers had their way the only job you would have is as a maid. I would ask that you refrain from using the word “black” but cause you lack the common sense that “black” women possess. “Black” women are strong and think for themselves . You clearly do not have a clue as to who you are or what it truly means to be “black” in America. You need to do some serious soul searching and research. Fox news must like Access Hollywood , is entertainment new and you should see it as that, entertain and stop spreading it as if it was the gospel.

  8. Titus Nixon says:

    I just can’t understand Conservative and double that for Black conservative, with the Republican Party today I long for Richard Nixon and Ronald Regan. I ask myself where is Black conservative insult level, it’s pretty low from what I can see. They follow the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Fox News. I have heard of people who vote against their best interest, but Black conservative take it too a whole different world. I have some problem with President Obama, but no way in hell I can look at Republican and or Tea Party ( they are one in the same)

  9. Noel says:

    Just saw you on CNN and I liked everything you said about your current President.

    I live in Canada. Was born in Africa and I’m black.

    Keep up the good work!

  10. Jon Miller says:

    Well written and well said post above…she ought to call herself Mocha-Chick anyway. What a fake.

  11. C Reeves says:

    I have seen you on CNN many times. I am glad you are conservative- that’s fantastic. You are entitled to your own opinion and we like that.

    — However, your choice of name/handle is just damaging and not so thoughtful.

    Its a great handle is you want people to come to your site, gawk at you, chuckle at the thought of *gasp* a “BLACK” chick who actually has morals and values…

    (your handle implies that THAT’S REALLY RARE)… Perhaps you are counting the raking in advert. money by being a sell out. (Which makes you no less different than some gangster rapper)

    Instead of titling yourself as a woman, lady or PERSON with intelligence who happens to have some African heritage you just sit there and smile on tv. without a smidgen of seriousness and demean yourself as a “chick” — an outsider, an anomaly…

    way to take us a few steps backwards, “chick”. I am sure the old rich white men watching CNN who fantasize about boinking you for your “brains” are very tickled.
    *sarcastic applause*

  12. Keith says:

    I think you are overestimating the net impact of the issue of gay marriage. To Religious groups it may be a deciding factor but the fact is there are more “non-religious” people than there are “religious” types.Also,blacks will still overwhelmingly support Obama over Romney because the GOP agenda of giving tax breaks to the wealthy,slashing social programs,increasing the defense budget and passing the tax burden onto the middle class has no benefit to blacks let alone the majority of the population. Its one thing to stand by your beliefs but another to foolish enough to let one issue like gay marriage which will not have a major impact on you as an indvidual force you to vote for someone (Romney) whose policies and agenda will be detrimental to your livelyhood.

  13. Keith says:

    Each time I have seen you on CNN, I am taken back by your views. I find you to be very much like someone else who I find appalling..Ann Coulter whom I think you mimic. I have come to the conclussion that you are attempting to use a controversial platform (Conservative and Black) to dupe people into being interested in you and your blog. But just like Coulter, you will have a limited following and even more so because the whole conservative scene is dominated by whites who are for the most part very biggoted. But I still would like to wish you luck with your endeavors. It will be interesting to see if you post this comment.

  14. Kate says:

    Thank you for a well-written post. I have some questions I haven’t seen addressed, I’d like to know whether a state or federal constitutional amendment allowing gays to marry might also be an infringement of the 1st Amendment protection of religious freedom. I can see various religious institutions freedom being infringed if they are required to perform gay marriage against their tenets. My other question is does anyone remember when marriage became an issue for gays? It seems to me it is very recent. There certainly was no mention of it in the 50s and 60s during the Civil Rights movement. So, I have to ask, why now?

    My other question, though on the surface may seem flip: would same-sex marriage be restricted to gays only or would old friends be able to marry for the same legal and economic protections that is afforded to traditional married couples?

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