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Old 05-09-2012, 04:04 PM   #436
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Absolutely.

I think that Obama is a political animal. If he thought that this would cost him the election, he wouldn't have done it. Call me cynical.
I do agree his team is not stupid, there has been something I have been considering the last couple of days.

I still believe people that went to the polls in 2000 and voted for Nader put Bush/ Cheney in office. Not only in FL, but NH too.

I have had some say to me, I don;t care. I didn't want Gore.
Jesus, they were at the polls, just a few Gore votes would have saved us from the mess in Iraq and those huge tax giveaways to the richest and, Alito on the Supreme Court.
Do they really think their vote went to the best choice on the ballot.


With all that said, most believe the Libertarian votes have always come at the expense of the GOP, these voters want less Government, and would have voted GOP.

Well 2012, the Libertarian vote is passionate, loud and vocal. Mostly young.
Their nominee that will be on all 50 states is a Gov Johnson from NM.
His platform, 1. end the drug war, legalize (some) drugs. 2. pro gay marriage, 3. cut government spending for old folks

His V P is retired Judge Gray, he lives in my city and has been a crusader for repealing drug laws

My guess is that the GOP will try and get these guys in the debates, they are not slouches, they will siphon off many young voters from Obama

NM easily could go Romney. and with young voters peel off, some more states could flip to GOP, just like in 2000.



Therefore, the pro gay marriage, could be a strategy for Obama/ Biden to shore up youth vote, firewall against Libertarian ticket, just some thoughts.
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"Hi, I'm Obama. I suddenly like gay people. Excuse me while I go bomb civilians."
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He said quite a while back that he'd rather be a good one term President than a mediocre two term President. So maybe he thought that not openly supporting gay marriage now would be mediocre. I don't know, I'm not in his head.

Of course Biden backed him into a corner, if that's the right way to say it. I wonder if he was thinking "damn I really should have picked Hillary for VP".
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Is he sending in drones to fight this war?
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Opposition to same sex marriage also generally tracks support for conservative policies in general. I am unpersuaded that a meaningful/substantial volume of single-issue voters exist for Obama to lose.
really? NC is a toss up state, most polls show Obama with a 2 point lead.

last night NC went 22% against any gay rights, very disappointing

NC will be demonized in the coming months, these people will get defensive, just like the people in AZ did about there immigration law,

I am not saying the 61 - 39 vote last night will be the same in Nov

but if it moves 3, 4 or 5 points, not a big stretch, Obama loses
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Romney winning the 2012 election would be a disaster for LBGT rights, starting with the fact that this would probably result in Antonin Scalia being to the left of the median Supreme Court justice. Particularly since Obama has done pretty much all that is within his power to advance marriage equality in policy terms, if supporting same-sex marriage would make a Romney victory more likely, his unwillingness to openly support same-sex marriage is defensible (like LBJ's nominal pre-1957 opposition to civil rights).

But I don't think there's any reason to believe that Obama doing the right thing today will help Romney in November. It's important to remember that Obama and Romney were substantially different on gay and lesbian rights before this afternoon. To believe that Romney will benefit significantly from Obama's embrace of same-sex marriage rights, you would have to believe that there's a group of voters who 1) care enough about same-sex marriage to make it their top priority in a federal election, but 2) are willing to ignore Obama's pro-LBGT rights record as long as he doesn't nominally support same-sex marriage. The number of people who fit into this class is too trivial to be worth worrying about. It's likely that some-risk adverse advisers cited the argument that same-sex marriage cost John Kerry the election in 2004. But there's no evidence that this is true. Given that same-sex marriage is significantly more popular now than it was eight years ago, it's even more unlikely that same-sex marriage would damage Obama now.

Obama embracing same-sex marriage was the right thing to do, and there's no reason to believe that it will be politically damaging. Presidential elections generally don't turn on social issues and it's hard to imagine that 2012 will be an exception (even if we assume that Obama's position is a net negative, which is possible but hardly self-evident).
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deep it sounds like you've achieved a second-order level of abstraction, which is getting a bit wispy (it's not the issue, it's the backlash to the issue). From my quoted article is a link to this article:

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The (logical) conclusion is that “moral values” and the gay marriage backlash played a key role in Bush’s victory.

Political scientists believe the exact opposite. In an article by Ansolabehere and Stewart III, appropriately titled, Moral values and the gay-marriage backlash did not help Bush, they argue that, the “Marriage referenda mobilized voters on both sides, not just the conservatives, and the net result may have been to John Kerry’s benefit.” Here are the facts from Ansolabehere and Stewart III:
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Ok, that's it. The world really is going to end this year.

Is that him swimming in the pool, getting ramped up for his war on marriage?

1. Bin Laden

2. Straight marriage

3. Christmas
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Also, Joe Biden gets hung out to dry a little, here. He's now more conservative than the President! heh.
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Here's another notch for Jon Stewart's list of examples of hypocrisy amongst conservatives.

"A war on women??? Ho ho, what a preposterous thing to suggest! A war. Pfft!"

"OBAMA HAS DECLARED WAR ON MARRIAGE!"

Get bent, you turkeys.
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Here's another notch for Jon Stewart's list of examples of hypocrisy amongst conservatives.

"A war on women??? Ho ho, what a preposterous thing to suggest! A war. Pfft!"

"OBAMA HAS DECLARED WAR ON MARRIAGE!"

Get bent, you turkeys.
This. That headline is rage inducing.
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The headline has conveniently been changed to "Obama flip flops on Gay Marriage" now. Of course.
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This is a major turning point in the history of American civil rights," said New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. "No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people - and I have no doubt that this will be no exception. The march of freedom that has sustained our country since the Revolution of 1776 continues, and no matter what setbacks may occur in a given state, freedom will triumph over fear and equality will prevail over exclusion. Today's announcement is a testament to the President's convictions, and it builds on the courageous stands that so many Americans have taken over the years on behalf of equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans, stretching back to the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village."
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yeah, he could have said something later, if Biden did not blow this thing wide open.


you think? or was it all just more chess playing?

i have no idea.

it's nice. i'm glad he did this. as i just read somewhere, it's poetic that the first black president becomes the Abraham Lincoln of gay rights.

i think this is red meat for both the bases, however, in the places where it could really affect GOP turnout will likely be in states Obama was already going to lose. it won't change anyone's mind about Obama, it just inspires people for whom this issue is important to come out and vote. if NC and VA are close again, perhaps it is the difference. but this is also months in advance of
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