Obama met with progressive bloggers and surprised no one with his admission that he will flip-flop on gay marriage eventually:
"I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage. But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine," Obama said in response to a question from Joe Subday of Americablog.
"I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships. I have staff members who are in committed, monogamous relationships, who are raising children, who are wonderful parents. And I care about them deeply," Obama continued. "And so while I’m not prepared to reverse myself here, sitting in the Roosevelt Room at 3:30 in the afternoon, I think it’s fair to say that it’s something that I think a lot about. That’s probably the best you’ll do out of me today."
Later, Obama seemed to suggest that legalization of gay marriage is inevitable. "The one thing I will say today is I think it’s pretty clear where the trendlines are going," he added.
The trendlines are as clear as Obama's lack of leadership.
Interestingly, Obama is poised to flip-flop back to the position he held in 1996, when he unambiguously supported gay marriage. Evidently in the interim he acquired a more nuanced view of traditional definitions of marriage, or a more nuanced view of how to read polls.
Somewhat more substantively, this [from the Times] is a laugher:
He is "open to the possibility" that when the poll numbers in support of gay marriage improve he will abandon his current position of political convenience in favor of a new position of political convenience. Call it "fierce" advocacy!
Oh, that is so unfair, and what am I saying - Obama will admit that his thinking has evolved and he will be hailed for his open-mindedness and personal growth.
Maybe Hitch will have time for a new book - No One Left To Pander To. Watching Obama pretend to be something other than an utterly predictable lib is getting embarrassing for everyone.