The Corner

Oh. Come. On.

From today’s Politico piece on Obama’s gay marriage “reversal.”

For President Barack Obama and his team, the decision to back gay marriage came down to a choice between two unpalatable alternatives: Support it and brave the backlash in battleground states where the issue could be a liability — or keep silent and be accused by allies of gutlessness and putting politics over principle.

Administration officials said the president planned to announce his support before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this September. But they acknowledge that Vice President Joe Biden did, indeed, force their hand.

Does anyone believe this? Obama was scared to antagonize swing states over the issue of gay marriage in May but he was planning to do it in September? Really? He planned to make the Democratic Convention an infomercial on gay equality? That’s ludicrous.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now. @jonahnro

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