“For the money” is the only reason for Obama’s recent flip on gay marriage. In a financial sense, apparently it’s paying off:
A Democratic source told CNN Friday the Obama campaign raised $2 million dollars in donations in the 24 hours following the president’s announcement he personally supports same-sex marriage.
And of course Obama’s haul from the usual band of Hollywood hypocrites went through the roof as a result too.
However, file this under “fools and their money are soon parted,” because the White House has no intention of including gay marriage in the party platform.
Notice how it’s usually reported that Obama “personally” supports same sex marriage — as if he’s separating himself privately from the office he holds publicly (i.e. “the President isn’t officially in favor of SSM, but Barack Obama is”). There’s his weak “out” (if you’ll pardon the expression) for not demanding SSM be included in the party’s official platform.
That financial windfall comes at a price for Team Obama though, because 23% of independents are now less likely to vote for him in November. Regardless of any of this news, I remain 100% less likely to vote for him in November.