December 17, 2008

THEY SAID IF YOU VOTED MCCAIN-PALIN, WE’D SEE EVANGELICAL PREACHERS CLOSE TO THE WHITE HOUSE. And, well . . . Gay leaders furious with Obama: “Barack Obama’s choice of a prominent evangelical minister to perform the invocation at his inauguration is a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November, but it is drawing fierce challenges from a gay rights movement that – in the wake of a gay marriage ban in California – is looking for a fight. . . . Obama opposes same-sex marriage, but also opposed the California constitutional amendment Warren backed. In selecting Warren, he is choosing to reach out to conservatives on a hot-button social issue, at the cost of antagonizing gay voters who overwhelmingly supported him.”

Plus, Obama To Gay Rights Progressives: Drop Dead. You know, as I’ve noted before, the reason not to get too excited about elections is that the guy you like generally turns out to disappoint you, and the guy you don’t like generally turns out not to be as bad as you feared. A lot of Obama voters are encountering the downside of this phenomenon. . . .

More on the reactions from Dan Riehl (“A worn Sullivan just wrings his hands acknowledging the betrayal in Ugh! But then all his energies have been zapped, what with him off chasing maternity questions in the foreign and un-American land he seems to think Alaska represents . . . The rest of the Left is not quite so resigned.”) and JammieWearingFool (“The funny thing is, it was an overwhelming Obama vote in California that helped pass Prop 8. The angry gay left just cannot rationalize it yet that the guy they poured their gay marriage effort into also brought out the voters who reject gay marriage. When you’re a single-issue voter, you’re often going to be angry when you don’t get your way. . . . I almost feel sorry for Obama having to deal with these children.”)

UPDATE: “Obama just keeps disappointing supporters. Odd, but refreshing.” Particularly as the ones he’s disappointing are the ones who cast their disagreement with Bush on those same issues as a matter of ultimate good vs. evil.

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