Same-sex marriage: the stalemated sumos
Here’s the best passage from an otherwise forgettable Jonah Goldberg column on same-sex marriage:
Until now, the White House has largely taken a do-nothing policy toward gay marriage and a moderately pro-gay stance – by conservative standards – in other areas, appointing openly gay officials and treating gay Republican groups with respect. But the White House understands that aggressive opposition to gay marriage is as dangerous for Republicans as aggressive support of gay marriage is for Democrats.
It’s a funny stalemate. The Republicans can’t afford to be seen as too “anti-gay,” lest the Democrats demagogue them with tolerant suburban voters, and Democrats can’t afford to be seen as too “pro-gay,” lest the GOP demagogue them in Southern and rural states.
So both sides stand there, circling each other like sumo wrestlers, hoping the other side will make the first move.
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