Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Obama tosses the Right an Apple of Discord
Today, Barack Obama announced that he is in favor of full marriage rights for all Americans. Obama's announcement will solidify and energize his own base while splitting the Republicans. Many Republicans quietly support civil rights for the LGBT community and deplore the extreme homophobia of the far right. Mitt Romney is too weak of a leader (can you really call him a leader at all?) to tamp down the wave of homophobia that is going to burst forth tomorrow from the likes of Rush Limbaugh. The backlash from the right wing is going to be ugly and it is going to go on for a long time (perhaps the entire election) and it is going to hurt and deflect Romney's campaign from its search for a message that will unite a majority of Americans behind the Republican ticket.
Some Republicans are salivating over this issue, this shiny apple Obama has thrown them, but this is a wedge issue that will divide the GOP from the political center this year.