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Yep, marriage is a certainty

Timothy Kincaid

June 15th, 2012

Sometimes it is the throw away comment that tells the story. And sometimes the source is the unexpected.

This morning Rush Limbaugh was ranting about how President Obama is being advised and directed by the very wealthy (which is an odd objection considering Rush’ wealth and the usual Republican fundraising sources, but I digress). And he had three examples.

“The least risky of these is gay marriage”

Wait. What?

The next was contraception funding and he rushed to commercial break do I never heard the third.

I wasn’t sure I could believe my ears. Limbaugh declared that Obama’s marriage evolution was less risky than contraception? But then it got better.

Back from the break, Limbaugh asserted that the President was hoping to hold off endorsing marriage equality until closer to the election so it could be part of a media point but that rich donors forced his hand. I’m not sure whose ass he pulled that out of, but it sounded to me as though Limbaugh thinks that supporting equality is some campaign position that can win elections.

Which puts our readers in the rare position of hoping Rush Limbaugh is right for once.

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Gus
June 15th, 2012 | LINK

“hold off endorsing marriage equality until closer to the election so it could be part of a media point but that rich donors forced his hand.”

That makes no sense in today’s super pac world. All the TV ad time will have been bought already by the billionaire Republicans. Getting money from rich friends in September/October for ads is too late.

Mark F.
June 15th, 2012 | LINK

Well, I’m inclined to believe the timing was all political calculation (I don’t believe Obama walks on water), but maybe not for the reasons Limbaugh thinks.

andrewdb
June 15th, 2012 | LINK

I think the timing was very related to fundraising issues.

It has been widely reported the Wall Street donations to the Presdient have dried up this year (OWS and the administration’s reaction hasn’t pleased Wall Street donors). This means the LGBT community is, relatively, more important to his campaign.

It has also been reported (Politico had a piece awhile back – I can’t find the link) that major donors, in some case 7 figures, to the President’s super PAC almost completely shut down after the White House meeting on why they wouldn’t be issuing an ENDA executive order for Federal contractors. A couple of weeks after that the President “evolved” on marriage.

I used to think that one didn’t want to upset folks from Chicago – they would get even. I’ve done a 180 and now think the only thing that gets their attention is bare knuckle politics.

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