It's not very popular.

May 9, 2012 balki commented on Obama Comes Out for Same-Sex Marriage.
@79 - When I said it wouldn't accomplish anything, I meant that this would do nothing in terms of movement to legalize same-sex marriage nationally or at any state-level. Ultimately, he just made a statement today because his poll numbers with the base are freaking out his cabinet (WaPo has a story up about how he was planning to do this at the convention in the summer, but the pressure from his gay donors made them up the timetable...real principled stuff).

You're absolutely right that it accomplished something for his reelection chances, but I couldn't care less about how this benefits him.
May 9, 2012 balki commented on Obama Comes Out for Same-Sex Marriage.
@48 - Yes, he said that he thinks same-sex couples should be able to marry (with a period after it). But after that period, he said that he still thinks it should be up to the states to decide.

I understand that Obama has no power to step in and force states to let gays marry. I'm merely suggesting that, if he's truly willing to stand up for equality, he would say he supports it nationally (understanding that he has no direct power other than the bully pulpit and lobbying Congress). But he didn't say that. His statement today was meaningless.
May 9, 2012 balki commented on Obama Comes Out for Same-Sex Marriage—And For State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage.
@31 - No, he didn't say that he can't interfere. He said that he supports the rights of states to choose the issue on their own. If he truly believed that everybody should be able to marry in any state, he wouldn't have said that, and not that states should decide. He indirectly validated NC's vote.
May 9, 2012 balki commented on Obama Comes Out for Same-Sex Marriage—And For State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage.
For those whose hearts have been warmed by Obama's "support", keep in mind that he's still in favor of states deciding the matter. In other words, he thinks gays in Seattle should be able to marry, but not in North Carolina. They don't deserve those rights, because the people living near them don't think they should. That's some powerful leadership there.
May 9, 2012 balki commented on Obama Comes Out for Same-Sex Marriage—And For State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage.
@6--I didn't catch her name, but a reporter from Politico was on MSNBC a short time ago saying that this whole thing was sparked by Obama's cabinet being pissed at him for not coming out in favor because it's fucking up all of the work they've done on his branding, and it's causing the base and young voters to become more apathetic. In other words, this was a political decision. Perhaps the reporting is wrong, but it's hard not to be cynical when you hear that. The timing of his "evolution" is way too suspicious.
May 9, 2012 balki commented on We Interrupt Slog Silence to Bring You This Breaking Speculation....
@16 - Yeah, on second thought, I should amend my prior statement to say that this isn't even "leading from behind". In order lead (even if it is from behind), presumably he would have had to at least take some sort of action to direct or guide the issue toward his goal. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I've seen no evidence that his strategy is anything other than to let it play out on its own and only dip a toe in when it's politically safe or beneficial.

I know that us crazy liberals projected way too many of our views onto his 2008 campaign promises, but I do not recall him bragging about his hands-off management style. I do remember things like "we are the change that we seek". He's clarifying his position on something that his party has been in favor of for years? Wow! What change! What leadership!

As for the argument that we need to "make" him do things, how exactly are we supposed to do that? It's such an ill-defined statement that it's meaningless. Public opinion on the wars, marriage equality, pot legalization, continued support for the banks, etc. are all against Obama's current policies. What more does he need?
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May 9, 2012 balki commented on We Interrupt Slog Silence to Bring You This Breaking Speculation....
Even if he does change/clarify his position today, it seems to me that this would be the very definition of "leading from behind". Presumably his endorsement wouldn't have changed yesterday's NC outcome materially, but the fact that he may be endorsing marriage equality the day after a major vote failed shows anything but leadership. Obama will now reap approval points for capitalizing on NC's loss.
Mar 23, 2012 balki commented on Pot Industry Gets a Page in the Voters Guide....
@6 - Perhaps, but you can make the same argument for alcohol, purses, jeans, DVD's, etc. Yeah, you can buy them black market, but I'd wager that most people would rather buy from a licensed seller (you're not risking arrest, you know what you're getting, etc.).

I don't know if you've tried the "legal" prescription stuff, but in my experience it blows away even the highest quality local stuff. Also, not sure where you're getting good stuff for $200 an oz, but I'm guessing that you're getting friend prices. Sadly, I haven't had a source in over a year, but last time I did I was looking at $280 an ounce, and THAT was a friend price. It was quality, though.
Mar 23, 2012 balki commented on Pot Industry Gets a Page in the Voters Guide....
I'm tempted to start working to ban medical use just to ratfuck these assholes right back.
Mar 20, 2012 balki commented on Lunchtime Quickie: Chick-fil-A Is GAY-GAY-GAY!.
@4 - Based on what I've read elsewhere, it sounds like you're probably right. Some people who claim to be in the know (no idea if they're legit or not) say that Willam's husband was sneaking shoes to his hotel room.

The editing on the show is entertaining, but always misleading. Based on the edit, I'm guessing that most viewers think it was drugs.
 
 

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