Obama has grabbed theÂ initiativeÂ with his change in stance over Marriage equality. Could this in turn bite Mitt Romney on the arse:
Most obviously, Romney now has to decide how he responds. Thus far, the de facto GOP nominee has been content to mechanically cite his opposition to gay marriage and his support for a constitutional ban. But his heart is rarely in it. Indeed, he’s seemed pretty determined to duck the issue since Sunday, when Joe Biden shoved it to the center of the national conversation. Thatâ€™s partly, I think, because Romneyâ€™s no bigot. (The guy appointed the first chief diversity officer in the history of his state, for crying out loud.) But itâ€™s mostly because, while swing voters may be ambivalent about gay marriage itself, theyâ€™re muchÂ lessÂ comfortable with displays of intolerance. Many of the same voters who would profess squeamishness over the idea would punish a politician for crusading against it. If you donâ€™t believe me, just consider that, prior to this week, the White House was perfectly comfortable opposing efforts to ban gay marriage even though it stopped conspicuously short of embracing gay marriage.