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NYT Blames Biden For Obama’s Drop In Polls

From the instant revisionists at the New York Times:

Obama’s Switch on Same-Sex Marriage Stirs Skepticism

May 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes.

Huh? This sentence has it exactly backwards. It was clearly planned.

Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News since the announcement said they thought that Mr. Obama had made it “mostly for political reasons,” while 24 percent said it was “mostly because he thinks it is right.”

When has Obama ever done anything for other than political reasons? And note that stubborn 24% who seem to believe everything Obama says and does. They seem to be hopeless.

Independents were more likely to attribute it to politics, with nearly half of Democrats agreeing.

So where are the screams from the news media about losing the precious Independents?

The results reinforce the concerns of White House aides and Democratic strategists who worried that the sequence of events leading up to the announcement last week made it look calculated rather than principled.

How on earth have we ever gotten that impression?

Mr. Obama, who had said since late 2010 that his position on the issue was “evolving,” finally proclaimed his support for same-sex marriage only after Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. did so first in a television interview.

“If Biden hadn’t said something, I don’t think he would have said anything either,” Larry Gannon, 48, a graphic artist from Norwalk, Calif. and an independent, said in a follow-up interview

In other words, the real purpose of this poll was to once again put the blame on Biden. In case it backfires. As it seems to be doing.

By the way, did Biden slip in that paragraph in ‘Dreams From My Father,’ where Obama talked about eating dog? Did he write Reverend Wright’s sermons?

The survey results made it clear that the president was wading into a divisive area of American life, one that may not top the nation’s priority list but still has the potential to hurt him at the margins in elections in November. About 4 in 10, or 38 percent, of Americans support same-sex marriage, while 24 percent favor civil unions short of formal marriage. Thirty-three percent oppose any form of legal recognition. When civil unions are eliminated as an option, opposition to same-sex marriage rises to 51 percent, compared with 42 percent support.

The poll showed that relatively few voters consider same-sex marriage their top issue amid continued economic uncertainty, and more than half said it would make no difference in their choice for president. But among those who said Mr. Obama’s position would influence their vote, more said they would be less likely to vote for him as a result; in a close race, even a small shift in swing states could be costly.

The Obama people must be shaking their heads. They can’t even please the New York Times, who are the biggest proponents of gay marriage this side of George Clooney.

Mr. Obama’s team is counting on the notion that whatever he might lose in votes or intensity of support will be offset by increased excitement among young voters and his liberal base…

Not quite. At this point in time Mr. Obama has done more than twice the number of reelection fundraisers as President Bush in 2004 and has less to show for it. This was all about money.

The situation remains so uncertain in part because, as the poll showed, the public is deeply conflicted on the issue. Consider the responses to two questions: Just 32 percent said the federal government should determine whether same-sex marriage is legal, rather than leaving it to the states. But 50 percent favored an amendment to the federal Constitution allowing marriage only between a man and a woman and overruling state laws to the contrary.

Mr. Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage appeared to have little effect on Americans’ view of the issue

The new nationwide poll is based on telephone interviews conducted from May 11 through 13 on landlines and cellphones with 615 adults.

With less than six months until the election, Mr. Obama remains in a tight race with Mr. Romney. A month ago, a Times/CBS News poll showed the two tied at 46 percent each; the latest survey had the Republican challenger at 46 percent to the president’s 43 percent, an edge that was within the margin of sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points

Which some might think of as news that is worthy of mention closer to the top of the article.

For the record, the NYT/CBS News polls ‘oversampled’ Democrats and Independents (a pdf file), just as the MSM always does. Republicans 25%, Democrats 34%, and Independents 41%.

And still Mitt Romney is ahead by 3%.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “NYT Blames Biden For Obama’s Drop In Polls”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Mr. Obama’s team is counting on the notion that whatever he might lose in black votes or intensity of support will be offset by increased excitement among young gay voters and his gay liberal base…

    There, FIFY.

    • River0 says:

      This is the whole crypto-Marxist-Progressive agenda in a nutshell. It’s their mode of operation. Blame must be shifted to someone, anyone. Scapegoats must be found and liquidated. As Saul Alinsky says, “Pick the target, freeze it, polarize it, personalize it.”

      This is the very core of evil, what every dictatorship and oligarchy have in common.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Mr. Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage appeared to have little effect on Americans’ view of the issue…

    Which is a very telling statement, though it’s kind of buried near the bottom.

    Over time, the new, shiny gets replaced by “so what have you done for me lately?” and “what’s the new big, shiny?”. And the answers are, “nothing” and “there is no new big, shiny”. With the unspoken but now much understood, “I took everything I could from you and plan on taking even more” and, “There’s not only no new, big shiny, there’s just plain old gray drab me. My blabbermouth ways will never end and I can talk until the sun burns out, which is why you should believe me. But there’s nothing really all that exciting about me after all. I’m not even remotely interesting. Magazines and news programs have tried to paint a picture of me as somehow very deep and ponderous when in reality, I’m vacuous and shallow and childish. If you haven’t noticed that, then you haven’t been paying attention, which is good because I want your money, your property and your freedom so I can live it up while I punish whitey. You black people who think I’m all in it for you…well….ha ha. You really haven’t been paying attention. I have devised a set of laws in “my” healthcare program that will make sure you will never be able to get out from under the control of the government. It’s labeled to look that it favors you and punish whitey but, the coolest thing is that it will keep you under my direct control until you die.”

    So, the unsaid part is what’s telling. Deep at his core is still that very angry, petulant, severely dysfunctional person whose prime mover is hatred and anger. Sure, it’s all contrived but it’s real just the same. And he has been having his tantrum for some years now.

    • Petronius says:

      Great post. Rusty nails it.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Sometimes when they lie about petty things, it makes my colon pucker-up for the big things you KNOW they are going to lie about.

      1. “What’s on Obama’s ipod?” (2007-8) –Later, says he doesn’t know how to use an ipod.

      2. “Obama is such a good athlete!” –Ok, can’t make it to home plate, throws like a girl, bounces his whole body in his golf swing, only goes LEFT in basketball, tells Jay Leno his bowling is like “the Special Olympics.” HOW is this guy a good athlete? Ugh, our eyes tell us more than the media tells our ears.

      Leave a dollar on your desk, if a dirtbag is petty enough to steal it, you don’t need to test him with $10 bill.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Romney’s ahead by only 3%

    I’ll bet the deed to the Ranch it’s more like 16%

  4. untrainable says:

    This is interesting for several reasons. First, you can watch Obama “evolve” from having both opinions to having one or the other to having the one he thinks will do him the most good. This particular evolution means nothing. He will do nothing in the real world. But if you look at this as if media attention is the real world, the man has dropped the proverbial atom bomb. The media fawns and talks of this historic position… this watershed moment… blah blah blah. But when pressed about what actions he will take, he quickly shifts the focus to “gridlock in congress” or that “evil republicans won’t help…” It’s all political smoke and mirrors, and means in the practical world as much as hope and change did in the 2008 election.

    Second, who gets the credit? Oblameless is up to his old tricks. First he acts as if he is pressed into addressing a typical Biden “hoof in mouth” moment. Then, when the press corps goes nuts about Joe’s Sunday “gaffe”, the back room spin (truth quashing) team decides he’d better come out in favor, but only superficially. So, he comes out to a favored reporter who is guaranteed to drool at this historic moment and praise him… praise him. It’s like watching a bad remake of “Children of the Corn”. And while he is basking in the praise of his “historic” pronouncement, even though he’s not going to lift a finger to actually do anything, the credit is his and his alone (Unless of course you consider the valuable input of his prepubescent children. Their combined life experience is apparently a valuable resource for Daddy. Maybe that’s why Barry comes off so often as a bratty little bitch). But when people start questioning his commitment to the cause, and looking a little closer at the accelerated evolutionary process, the polls start going against him. Immediately it’s Biden’s fault. I’m surprised he hasn’t blamed his daughters for leading him astray. Then again, he still has time to throw them under the bus with “typical white grandma”. Over the course of less than a week, he has bobbed, weaved, ducked and covered. The guy is a freakin’ Olympic gymnast.

    And third, and to me the most interesting, is the specific choice of the word evolving. As everyone knows, evolution is a constant and ever changing process. It never stops. So we can count on the fact that when and if it becomes politically expedient, his evolution will continue to push him to wherever the cash is. This man exhibits textbook amorality more efficiently than anyone I’ve ever seen.

    The entire affair smacks of an “evolving” and increasing desperation. If he had kept to his evolving position, he would still have the gay lobby in his pocket. Maybe not as much of their money in his pocket, but they’re certainly not going to vote republican, much less Romney republican. But in his effort to get gay lobby cash money, he has alienated his black base in the south. What could precipitate such a huge miscalculation other than desperation? They’re scared. And sadly, that makes them even more dangerous.

    • Anonymoose says:

      Yep, that’s pretty much it. I think also the press/liberals have gotten it so ingrained in their mentality that the late 60’s was “their” time when they saved the world against the evil Nixon (never mind that Kennedy and Johnson got us into the Vietnam mess in the first place) that they’ve been looking ever since for a cause to define their generation, something to add meaning to their lives.

      Civil rights? Done already. Moon landing? Been there. Anti-War? Tried that, nobody notices. Gay rights? Bingo! This is it! But judging how quickly the Obama team and media is backpedaling they must have spent too much time believing their own polls.

      America doesn’t want this and will never be “ready” for it, and the real ugliness will begin when all the other members of the rainbow liberal coalition begin to start fighting with each other that they’re not getting their just due.

  5. finebammer59 says:

    “Obama’s Switch on Same-Sex Marriage Stirs Skepticism”

    Where’s Rahm Emanuel when you need him…………..wait….

  6. mr_bill says:

    nerobama says he supports gay marriage, but believes it’s a States’ issue. Isn’t that precisely what the Defense of Marriage Act said before he usurped the power of the Supreme Court and declared it unconstitutional?

    Is he going to re-affirm his support for DOMA and re-declare it to be a Constitutional law again? If he refuses to do so, doesn’t that make his newly “evolved” position unconstitutional, according to his own usurpatious fiat?

    Can a reporter somewhere, please, please ask nerobama these questions? Why hasn’t anybody asked this yet?

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