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Of course, the announcement was calculated. Choreographed, too.
As I wrote a few days ago, I don’t believe the president’s position was evolving. I think he was always for gay marriage.
And I don’t think it’s going to cost him any votes. Certainly not black votes. I think he’ll even win the overwhelming support of black voters who say they’re absolutely, positively against gay marriage.
I'm not sure there's anything that will erode his support among black voters.
Why, here in Chicago black voters are so loyal to President Obama that lots of them voted for Mayor Emanuel largely on the grounds that they thought the president thought he'd made a good mayor.
As opposed to the president just wanting to get him the hell out of the White House!
Just the other day, a local politico was telling me the only way Mitt Romney could win over a sizable number of black voters is to put Condoleezza Rice on the ticket.
I don’t even think that would work.
In fact, I'm not sure Condoleezza Rice would vote for Mitt Romney, if she were his running mate.
Clarence Thomas, on the other hand . . .
Back to the gay marriage.
I'm starting to think the whole thing was set into motion when the White House got advance word that the Washington Post was about to write a story about Mitt Romney bullying a gay classmate back in high school.
And so they said–let's go for it.
I guess we’ll have to wait for the after-the-election tell-all-books.
Of course, it really doesn’t matter.
The point is–President Obama did the right thing.
And if he did so for the wrong reasons, or for reasons other than the one he cited, so what?
At least he did the right thing.
It’s sort of like when Mayor Emanuel . . .
You know, with the city on lockdown for the impending NATO invasion, I’m having a hard time thinking of anything Mayor Emanuel's ever done that was right—even for the wrong reasons.
I'll have to get back to you on that one . . .