Via BuzzFeed, a fun way to end Gay Marriage Day. The key bit comes at 2:15 but watch from the beginning or else you’ll miss why he’s so exasperated. This is what I was getting at in this morning’s post about why O was willing to take a calculated gamble on endorsing SSM. Simply put, he knows Romney doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s desperately trying to brand himself as the candidate of economic recovery before Obama can brand him as the candidate of waging war on women and putting dogs on car roofs and yadda yadda yadda. Remember, their big talking point against Romney, ludicrous as it is, is that he’s the most conservative nominee since Barry Goldwater. If they can bog him down in talking about hot-button social issues instead of unemployment, they can get him to play into that impression a bit. His rhetoric doesn’t have to be strident or out of the conservative mainstream for this tactic to work; all they’re trying to do is make him look like a guy who’s preoccupied with “values” issues while swing voters are worried about jobs. And of course Romney knows it. Hence his consternation here as he’s put through his paces first on gay marriage, then in-state tuition for illegals, and then ye olde medical marijuana question. Axelrod couldn’t have scripted that any better. If Mitt never has to field another question about those topics before election day, I’d bet he’ll be just fine with it.
I remember back in 2006 when I heard some GOP candidate from Colorado proclaim that “Gay marriage is the most important issue facing our nation.” Oh really? We’re in the middle of two wars, Bush is trying to start a third, we have the deficit and global warming on our plate and North Korea just announced they have a nuclear bomb, but the MOST important issue is keeping gays from getting married?
I’ll be honest with you – gay marriage is not a high priority for me. Neither is abortion. I’m never gonna do either one. If you care passionately about them that’s your business. I support both of them, I just have other things I think are more important right now.
I care about the economy and unemployment. I care about health care reform. Those are things that affect everybody. I care about war and our various military adventures around the world, but those issues have slipped off the top of my list.
When I step in the voting booth I won’t be thinking about gay marriage or abortion. I won’t consider marijuana legalization, Seamus the Dog, Trayvon Martin or Sarah Palin’s uterus.
What is at the top of my priority list this election?
Corruption. Defeating Obama and cleaning house in the Democratic party. The way I see it we need to take a step backward now so we can take two steps forward later. Obama is a cancer and we need some political chemotherapy.
What will you be thinking about when you cast your vote?