While one would expect a loud crescendo of response from the right on the President’s announcement to support the rights of gays to marry….
Such has not been the case…
Even Mitt Romney’s pushback isn’t really LOUD….
There has been a mention of a Constitutional Amendment against the practice….
That is gonna be a non-starter….
The Economy ….
Is the GOPer’s giving the President a pass?
Is this whole thing just a media noise maker that’s gonna go away shortly as the country deals with the issue state by state? …..
Not REALLY folks….
Like the President indicated ….
This will be done state by in the near future….
And there the Republican’s are NOW 31 for 50 in having it their way….
Top Republican officeholders went out of their way Thursday to try to shift the conversation back to the economy. The GOP’s House and Senate campaign committees practically ignored it. And prominent Republican strategists are warning the party to steer clear of it.
One notable exception is Ed Gillespie, a top adviser to the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Gillespie predicted on MSNBC that Obama’s support of same-sex marriage would become a significant campaign issue. And, signaling divisions within the party, cultural conservatives said Romney would be foolish not to capitalize on Obama’s announcement. But Romney himself made no mention of it Thursday during a fundraiser and public event.
The muted Republican response calls into question long-standing assumptions that the president’s endorsement would prove perilous, used by the GOP as a turnout and organizing tool in the same way that former President George W. Bush’s campaign relied on anti-gay marriage initiatives in swing states in 2004 to motivate his supporters.
There’s still plenty of time for the GOP to modify its strategy, but the relative silence from national Republicans so far suggests 2012 may look nothing like 2004.
The early calculation by Republicans is that it’s not worth diverting attention from the economy, which remains Obama’s biggest weakness, and that an intense focus on gay marriage may actually further alienate women and younger voters who were turned off by the GOP’s focus earlier this year on limiting access to birth control.
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