Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Obama, Gay Marriage and Evolution

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Vice President Joe Biden (arguably a surrogate for the President), on one of the TV Sunday shows, said he was "absolutely comfortable" with gay marriage. This stands somewhat in opposition to the position Barack Obama ran on in 2008, backing the idea of civil unions but opposed to gay marriage itself.

White House press secretary Jay Carney, when questioned if Biden's remarks signaled a change in Obama's position, repeatedly told the press that Obama's views were "evolving". When pressed if "evolving" meant "changing his position", Carney mustered his best double speak, twisted himself into a pretzel worthy of the name, and mumbled something about evolving "not necessarily" meaning change. Come again?

Let me quote three of the first four words Wikipedia uses to describe evolution: "Evolution is...change...". The Random House Dictionary lists "change" as one of the synonyms for evolution. Some speculate that Obama wants to signal his liberal friends that he will be "more flexible" after the election in pursuing a more left leaning position, but that he cannot afford to offend any of his more conservative, churchgoing base.

There was one definition that caught my eye: "the act of throwing off, as... gas...". Well, yes. Between Mr. Carney and Mr. Obama, I can see this administration throwing off a lot of gas between now and election day!

Cross posted at LCR.

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