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WP: Hillary Had To ‘Get Right’ On Gay Marriage

From the Washington Post:

Why Hillary Clinton needed to get right on same-sex marriage

By Chris Cillizza | March 18, 2013

Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s announcement — via video — this morning that she is personally and publicly supportive of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry was a necessary political move as she continues to keep herself in the mix as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

“I’m sure she’s been there for awhile now, and politically it’s imperative for a Democratic presidential aspirant, so her timing is perfect,” said Steve Murphy, a Democratic consultant who ran former congressman Dick Gephardt’s 2004 presidential bid.

And we all remember what a success the Gephardt campaign was.

In the video, which was released on the Human Rights Campaign Web site, Clinton details her work on behalf of gay rights as secretary of state. But, it’s important to note that Clinton’s position does mark a clear shift — and represents the most obvious evidence yet that she wants to preserve the possibility of running for president in three years’ time.

When she ran for president in 2008, Clinton — like then-Sen. Barack Obama — supported civil unions for gay couples but not same-sex marriage. Clinton acknowledges in the video that “my personal views have been shaped over time” and that her experiences as secretary of state – and as a mom — influenced the change. (She also hints that serving as the country’s top diplomat delayed her from announcing the change in her position.)

While we take Clinton at her word, there is considerable political reason for her to come out fully in support of gay marriage, too.

Democrats and Independents have moved strongly in favor of gay marriage in the last four years, and many of the people who may well challenge Clinton if she runs for president in 2016 have already staked out positions well to her ideological left on gay marriage — before today, that is…

The simple fact is that Clinton needed to get on the right side of the gay marriage issue — in a public and decisive way. Questions were already being asked about why she had not clarified her position on the issue — particularly after her husband’s op-ed.

What is the simple fact here? That she was on the wrong side of the issue?

Despite, the endless propagandizing by the MSM, sex marriage has lost in a landslide every time it has ever been put on a ballot. And yet we are supposed to believe it’s is so wildly popular that no politician can dare oppose the idea.

(By the way, if the MSM are willing to lie to us about the popularity of same sex marriage, what else are they willing to lie to us about? Could it be that they are also lying to us about the popularity of amnesty for illegal aliens, and all the other things we are told we have to support?)

Remember that the biggest danger for Clinton’s political future is that she is cast as someone without a core set of beliefs, a perennial late-arriver on issues of importance to the Democratic base. That perception is what hurt her so badly — and empowered Obama — during the 2008 presidential campaign when it came to the issue of the war in Iraq.

The longer Clinton waited to get right on same-sex marriage, the more she opened herself up to that critique. She now puts that potential attack behind her, and preserves herself as the very clear front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

So wouldn’t such a dramatic flip-flop actually prove that she has no core beliefs? Prove she is just an opportunist? Remember, Hillary, when campaigning in the south, always tries to portray herself as a very religious woman.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “WP: Hillary Had To ‘Get Right’ On Gay Marriage”

  1. untrainable says:

    “I Ain’t no ways Tyyyrd…” [shudder]

    • River0 says:

      Rule #1 for the Ruling Class: When all you’ve done has blown up in your face, and things are going to hell fast, distract the populace with irrelevancies and bogus ‘issues’ that keep people off balance. Pay off every interest group that will kowtow, and make them dependents.

      Rule #2: When called out for it, scream that your critics have no heart, and “people are hurting!” Personalize every issue and avoid all discussion of principles and established law.

      Rule #3: Re-write history so that things appear better than they ever were, and the past was grim. Because if people ever get wind of the truth – that ‘progress’ is largely an illusion, a costly trade-off, and ‘progressivism’ is repackaged Marxism – the Left is done, and you’ll be out of luck.

  2. Tater Salad says:

    Now she changes her mind again. All most as many times as Barack Obama but he holds the record for the most flip-flops.

    I would also expect at any time that Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea will be coming out of the closet shortly!

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Flip flopping Fibberty Gibberish.
    Your queer and you know it.
    So do we now!

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