This Dan Savage interview in Salon is worth a read. His take on the mixed Obama record on gay rights is, well, mixed — as well as nuanced. And this is the opposite of “primary Obama now”:
You see the polls on marriage equality moving in our favor. Unfortunately, you know, some people say therefore the president should come out in favor of marriage equality. Fifty-one, 52 percent of Americans aren’t for marriage equality in every state. And the overwhelming support for marriage equality in California and New York, and blue states, isn’t going to add up to a victory. I’ve actually written and think that if the president came out for marriage equality now, I don’t think Republicans who are for marriage equality are going to vote for him on that basis, but I do think Democrats who oppose it will vote against him, for that reason. So politically, I don’t think it’s unwise for the president to evolve at the pace he’s evolving right now. But I don’t believe him.
What’s refreshing about the interview is the lack of black-and-white thinking and resentment/betrayal emotions. Instead, there’s dissatisfaction where Obama hasn’t gone far enough, satisfaction and pride about the victories, and a sharp pragmatic recognition of what’s possible, politically.