Both Andrew Sullivan and Kevin Drum are calling on Barack Obama to make an ad opposing California’s hateful Proposition 8, which would strip marriage rights from gay Californians.
Black Californians back the anti-gay measure by a margin of 20 points, 58 – 38, in the SUSA poll. No other ethnic group comes close to the level of opposition and black turnout is likely to be very high next month… And if black Americans are the critical bloc that helps kill civil rights for gays, that will not help deepen Obama’s governing coalition. It could tear it apart.
…in the end, congressional majorities [post-election] aren’t enough. You need public opinion behind you too, and the only way to get that is by actively trying to mold public opinion. So far Obama hasn’t really tried to do that, and that’s troubling for the progressive movement.
I agree with them both when they say that if Obama is not willing to step up to the plate and take a minor risk on an issue like this now, why should we believe he’ll take bigger risks after he’s president?