Politico: Obama Preps 2012 Pitch to Gay Voters


Politico on President Obama trying to have it both ways when it comes to gay issues:

It seemed at first a major violation of message discipline: Shaun Donovan, President Barack Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development, “absolutely” endorsed same-sex marriage in an interview last month, a position in contrast with his boss, who famously declared that his own views on the issue are “evolving.”

Perhaps more remarkable than Donovan’s statement is what happened in its aftermath: Nothing.

The White House merely said the cabinet secretary had spoken only for himself. And while he hasn’t elaborated on his statement since then, Donovan wasn’t compelled to walk it back, either — remarkable for an administration in which staying on message is sacrosanct.

Donovan’s statement came in the midst of a series of high-profile gay rights initiatives. Taken as a whole, the moves fit well into the sales pitch Obama’s 2012 campaign is ready to make to the gay and lesbian community: We’ve done more for gay rights in our first three years than most administrations do in eight — and we’re not done yet.