Panic leads to mistakes.
Barack Obama’s announcement of support for gay “marriage” was not the result of a “heartfelt” search for “what is right for America.” It was the result of full blown panic and a search for what is best for Barack Obama that will be devastating in November. The huge 61/39 landslide loss gay “marriage” took in North Carolina apparently set off a panic in Obama’s camp that “demanded” action.
This brought about Obama’s tense “declaration” of support for Gay “marriage,” something that directly contradicts what he said about the issue in 2008.
More than this, it has made raising enthusiasm to vote among African Americans harder by a wide margin. For Obama, the low energy level among his natural base was troublesome until 3 PM Wednesday. Three minutes later, that “troublesome” problem exploded into a raging fire that will require time and energy to put out – time and energy he must spend elsewhere if he is to win. Working to pump up black enthusiasm is not what Obama thought he would have to be doing with less than six months to Election Day.
With African American enthusiasm to vote already at 48% (down 30 points since 2008), this was a lethal mistake for Obama.
A 2010 Pew poll found overall gay “marriage” approval lagged disapproval by just 6 points (42/48), but among blacks, it was a lopsided 28/62 against the Gay position.
Those who would fool themselves into believing the African American position is an outlier and not reflective of the real national sentiment on gay “marriage” do so at their own peril. Notwithstanding the “happy face” news we are incessantly fed from a media eager lie, gay “marriage” has lost 32 of 32 statewide votes on the issue.
Obviously, either respondents are lying or don’t feel strongly enough on the issue to actually vote to support it. Whichever is true, Obama is wrong again. Gays, who are a small percentage of voters, have only two choices: vote Democrat (which they are already doing), or stay home. Either way, the result will be negligible.
Obama might have picked up a few more donors with his announcement, but the number of votes he has lost among a black base already looking for reasons not to vote in November will be telling. Panic leads to mistakes.
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