What’s that you say? Four days’ worth of media hyperventilation over gay marriage wasn’t enough for you? Good news then — today’s day five. CNN will have top social cons Gary Bauer and Tony Perkins while ABC gets the coveted and obligatory Barney Frank interview. But the one to watch is former Bush solicitor general Ted Olson on CBS. Given the success of state referenda in banning gay marriage, he and lefty David Boies are the gay-rights movement’s last best chance at widespread legalization. All they have to do is convince the Supreme Court to throw out dozens upon dozens of anti-marriage popular initiatives. A question he’ll hopefully be asked today: Even if he wins at the Supreme Court, won’t it be a pyrrhic victory? His side is probably 20 years away from winning this argument at the ballot box as more young voters enter the system. If the Court steps in and short-circuits the democratic process by finding a constitutional right to gay marriage, SSM opponents will feel cheated and SSM supporters’ victory will be seen as illegitimate. Why not stay out of court and let the trend among voters towards supporting gay marriage take care of this?
The line-up via the AP:
ABC’s “This Week” — Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition; Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman; Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase.
CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry; former Solicitor General Ted Olson; Republican strategist Mark McKinnon; singer Clay Aiken; Reed.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y; Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.; Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, president of American Values.
“Fox News Sunday” — Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.