Quotes of the day

posted at 10:49 pm on May 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

A few hours before President Obama offered his historic endorsement of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. apologized to the president in the Oval Office for forcing Mr. Obama’s hand by airing his own views three days earlier, several people briefed on the exchange said on Thursday…

People who know both men said they did not believe that Mr. Biden had an ulterior motive in pre-empting the president, despite the fact that he has not ruled out running for president himself in 2016. Indeed, several gay rights activists said, whatever affection Mr. Biden’s candor might have won him with gay voters, he would still lag behind other potential Democratic candidates like Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York or Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who are both seen as champions of the gay community.

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“President Obama just ‘evolved’ himself into a one-term president,” said Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage. “This is a disaster for the Democratic Party: the reality is that the exact states he needs to win are the states that have overwhelmingly passed legislation defining marriage as between a man and a woman.”

“What I’m hearing from folks around the country is ‘game on, we’re in, we will do whatever is necessary to elect Mitt Romney now because Obama has shown where he really stands,” Brown said…

The Romney team will try to paint Obama’s evolution on the issue — coupled with reports that he’d planned the rollout of his change of heart for right before the Democratic convention this summer – as part of a storyline that Obama changes his message based on what is politically expedient. Of course, that’s been an effective attack on Romney in the past on issues like abortion rights.

“After weeks of strutting re: the [Osama bin Laden] anniversary and the president’s ‘decisive leadership,’ he is dragged into this by Biden and essentially yields to the base — it’s going to be hard for them to make the flip-flopper argument with a straight face,” one Romney adviser told POLITICO. “Equally bad is the story that he was going to announce the switch before the convention but not right now — suggests that principled stands can be politically timed.”

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President Obama declared his personal support for same-sex marriage yesterday, but the White House chose not to push for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act today.

“Well, party platform issues are for the party to decide,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said when asked if Obama would call for the repeal of DOMA and endorsement of pro-gay marriage language in the party platform. “That process is underway, and I refer you to the DNC on the question about the platform.”

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The Democrats’ top leader in Congress said Thursday that the party’s platform will soon include a plank calling for the legalization of gay marriage.

“The president’s in favor of it — I’m sure it will be [included],” said Reid…

Reid, however, declined to say when or whether he would schedule a vote on legislation approved by the Judiciary Committee to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The law defines marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman and exempts states from having to recognize same-sex marriages certified by other states.

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Here’s something else Obama accomplished with his announcement yesterday: He has basically wiped away whatever tensions existed between him and the gay fundraising community over a range of issues, of which marriage is only one…

The push for Obama to also move on the executive order will continue, but Obama has bought himself an untold amount of good will and breathing room from this important fundraising constituency. Given that conservative groups are set to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on ads this campaign, and given that the task of waging the air war with those groups will fall largely to the Obama campaign, this is no small thing — another area where Obama’s announcement could have far reaching consequences to his reelection.

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President Barack Obama drew cheers and applause for his endorsement of same-sex marriage during a fundraising spree on Thursday that will culminate in a multimillion-dollar extravaganza at the home of Hollywood movie star George Clooney…

“Here in Washington you’ll have the chance to make your voice heard on the issue of making sure that everybody, regardless of sexual orientation, is treated fairly,” Obama said to loud applause…

Obama’s support of gay marriage could help boost donations from supporters in his Democratic base who have been pressing him to make clear his position, which he had long described as “evolving.”

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“I haven’t read The Washington Post article, but I think it would be discriminatory if Mitt Romney did not play pranks on gays, just the way he plays them on non-gays,” Coulter said. “And I don’t know, back then, how many people were all that aware of it? But Mitt Romney is known for being a prankster. I don’t think this issue is going to help Obama much. It is just that it is not going to hurt him as much as it would hurt a non-half-black Democrat. I think this whole thing is a lot like — it’s such a sign of desperation.”

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Asked about Obama’s shift on gay marriage, Romney again reaffirmed that he believes marriage should be strictly defined as “between a man and a woman.” He called for a “national standard” to define marriage, but said states should enforce rules when it comes to “domestic partnerships.”

Romney added that he is “fine” with gay couples adopting children but “to call that marriage is a real misleading of the word.”

He told Cavuto that he hopes the issue of same sex marriage won’t be an issue that drives campaign contributions for either him or Obama this fall.

“I hope the topic as tender and sensitive as marriage is not a source of fundraising,” Romney said.



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arnold ziffel on May 11, 2012 at 3:33 AM

:)

4Grace on May 11, 2012 at 3:35 AM

That is where Eric Holder belongs!

uncommon sense on May 11, 2012 at 3:35 AM

Amen. Though, if I think about it long enough, even that’s too good a place for Holder.

4Grace on May 11, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Great song!!..You are on a roll tonight/morning..:)

Dire Straits on May 11, 2012 at 3:32 AM

And with that, I must depart… but I’ll leave everyone with this little nugget, as I think it is fitting to go to and get some shut eye lol!

uncommon sense on May 11, 2012 at 3:37 AM

uncommon sense on May 11, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Great one to end on!!..:):)

Dire Straits on May 11, 2012 at 3:43 AM

Arnold are you still up??..:)

Dire Straits on May 11, 2012 at 3:43 AM

Great one to end on!!..:):)

Dire Straits on May 11, 2012 at 3:43 AM

I agree.

I’m out, too. Sleep well, all!

4Grace on May 11, 2012 at 3:44 AM

4Grace on May 11, 2012 at 3:33 AM

Nice!..Very nice..:)

Dire Straits on May 11, 2012 at 3:45 AM

I guess it’s time for me to hit the hay

Gohawgs on May 11, 2012 at 3:48 AM

It’s still the economy, stupid. My take.

kingsjester on May 11, 2012 at 6:49 AM

good morning!

its FRIDAY!!!!!!!!

let’s see what kind of evening news dump dear leader will drop tonight….

so will it be more fawning over dear leader’s evolvness and that mitt was a meanie in HS on the lsm?

cmsinaz on May 11, 2012 at 6:49 AM

78% of Americans self-identify as Christians.
31 states, including Californian, have defined, by popular vote, marriage as being “one man and one woman”.
There is a lot more to America than the NE Corridor and the Left Coast.
Reality…what a concept.

kingsjester on May 11, 2012 at 6:51 AM

kingsjester on May 11, 2012 at 6:49 AM

great take KJ :)

another day another distraction from the lsm to prop up dear leader

cmsinaz on May 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM

cmsinaz on May 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on May 11, 2012 at 7:00 AM

78% of Americans self-identify as Christians.
31 states, including Californian, have defined, by popular vote, marriage as being “one man and one woman”.
There is a lot more to America than the NE Corridor and the Left Coast.
Reality…what a concept.

kingsjester on May 11, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Very well said. It is easy to lose sight of that 78% stat with the media & internet full of atheists with pro-LGBT anti-Christian (that’s actually more accurate, I don’t think they really give a d*** about the LGBT community outside of the higher disposable income) agendas.

I would add that in addition to the 31 states that have actually held referendums on the matter, there are 12 more that don’t allow same-sex marriage either. IOW, only 7 states out of 50 allow same-sex marriage (counting Maryland, where the new law doesn’t actually go into effect until January 2013). Despite all the hoopla in the media, we shouldn’t lose sight of that stat either.

Dark Star on May 11, 2012 at 7:04 AM

I know why Obama did this. My 21 year old niece and I had a discussion on facebook about this. She was all excited because {like she told me} she just loves gay people. Never mind how condescending this is.

I told her that the guy was just desperate and he is was pulling out all the stops to get re-elected…she said yeah..but this is a start. I said this is not a start to anything. He said it should be left up to the states and thus far more than 30 states have enacted legislation to make marriage between a man and a woman. It is posturing.

Maybe she will unfriend me. Oh well.

But that is who Barry is sucking up to…silly young people who consider gay marriage the cause du jour.

Terrye on May 11, 2012 at 7:09 AM

The Romney team will try to paint Obama’s evolution on the issue — coupled with reports that he’d planned the rollout of his change of heart for right before the Democratic convention this summer – as part of a storyline that Obama changes his message based on what is politically expedient. Of course, that’s been an effective attack on Romney in the past on issues like abortion rights.

Yes and no…Romney can point to real policies that he enacted to back up his feelings about abortion..all Obama can do is send Biden out to do his so called gaffe.

And btw, this will make it difficult for Obama to go after Romney on flip flopping..put this together with Gitmo and the drone strikes and we see that Obama will do whatever is expedient.

Terrye on May 11, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Two thoughts on the left’s ettors in all this:

1) The more they appeal to the gay community -they more they disenfranchise themselves from the Black community (3-5% is big stuff in a close election)

2) The more they push the “Romney is a prankster” meme, the more they remove him from his unlikable robotic image, making him a real human, instead of a calculating etch-a-sketch monster.

Don L on May 11, 2012 at 7:12 AM

But that is who Barry is sucking up to…silly young people who consider gay marriage the cause du jour.

Terrye on May 11, 2012 at 7:09 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on May 11, 2012 at 7:13 AM

So let me get this straight… Seamus wants to ride on the roof of the car and the Romney family gets him a carrier to do that.

And now Mitt Romney is shown to be guy who did some minor hazing and played pranks in his younger years?

Why is the Obama campaign humanizing Mitt Romney?

Heck, they are doing a better job at that than the Romney campaign is doing…

ajacksonian on May 11, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Don L on May 11, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Not only that, but for us Hoosiers who are now concerned about a Mourdock-Donnelly contest in November, Mr. Obama’s new position on gay marriage will not help Joe Donnelly in this state.

esr1951 on May 11, 2012 at 7:35 AM

So, Obama collected $15 million from Hollyweird yesterday. It almost seems like a stupid tax.

Fallon on May 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM

1) The more they appeal to the gay community -they more they disenfranchise themselves from the Black community (3-5% is big stuff in a close election)

Don L on May 11, 2012 at 7:12 AM

While I’d agree with (what I think) your position is–that the Odumbo campaign consists of mostly morons–you can’t really beleive that Obama will lose black votes over this.

Unless you’re saying that some blacks will skip the vote in November because they’re “disenchanted” by Obama’s position. It’s a possibility. (I’d like that.)

RedCrow on May 11, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Seems like the Obama campaign tactic is to rile up their base while simultaneously trying to suppress Romney’s base. I don’t think they understand what motivates Romney’s base.

txmomof6 on May 11, 2012 at 7:55 AM

So, Obama collected $15 million from Hollyweird yesterday. It almost seems like a stupid tax.

Fallon on May 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM

In the film industry, I believe the term is Gay for Pay.

Dark Star on May 11, 2012 at 8:02 AM

In the film industry, I believe the term is Gay for Pay.

Dark Star on May 11, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Worse…

(Corey) Feldman blamed the adults around him, not just those looking to profit from charming children, but also some with far more sinister motives.

“I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry. … It’s the big secret,” Feldman said.

The “casting couch,” which is the old Hollywood reference to actors being expected to offer sex for roles, applied to children, Feldman said. “Oh, yeah. Not in the same way. It’s all done under the radar,” he said.

“I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere,” Feldman, 40, said.

This seemed like there was going to be a big investigation into Hollywood and then it just dropped off the radar. There’s too much money and power protecting the dark side of Hollywood. Obama just courted and accepted $15 million from these monsters.

Fallon on May 11, 2012 at 8:21 AM

The Big Secret.

Fallon on May 11, 2012 at 8:23 AM

And now that Mitt has apologized for his childhood antics…he can also apologize for a lot more. He can apologize to the American people that Mr. Obama seems to want to discuss Mitt’s childhood in the midst of a Presidential election. He should voice his regret that we have a sorry a$$ president that doesn’t seem to know how to fix the sorry state of our economy. He should say he’s sorry that Obamacare has been imposed on a country that the majority do not want. Or that Mr. Obama could be doing much more to help the people with the rising costs of energy and he’s sorry that Mr. Obama chooses not to…etc. etc. With all the issues that Mitt can be sorry about, he could apologize his way to the White House.

lynncgb on May 11, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I see this

arnold ziffel on May 11, 2012 at 3:14 AM

Look at you. I saw it too. I’m so proud.

Bmore on May 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

“I hope the topic as tender and sensitive as marriage is not a source of fundraising,” Romney said.

Why not? Preezy On My Behalf used the death of a black teenager who could look like his son for a fundraising source. Nothing is off the table with the regime, nothing.

Kissmygrits on May 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

To continue the Publix discussion last night, I just saw this.

http://www.jillstanek.com/2012/05/publix-markets-pro-life-mothers-day-ad-celebrates-pregnancy/

I don’t know if Publix purposefully intended this to be pro-life, but that’s certainly a message here. FYI the first Publix exec. vice-president was Baptist and taught my parents’ Sunday School class.

INC on May 11, 2012 at 3:11 PM

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