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The Politics of Marriage

The political fallout of the debate–and whether the president is successful in getting FMA enacted–will depend on who is portrayed as the aggressor and the extremist. The president has sought to portray himself as having been reluctantly drawn into the fray by the courts. We know what his opponents are saying. So what does this mean in terms of what the president says about this issue in the future? Or rather, how much he says about it. I think there are two political risks for him to balance in making this decision. The lesser risk is that he talks about it too much, and looks too obsessed about the issue. The greater risk is that he talks about it too little, and allows the media, his opponents, and certain of his “allies” to frame the issue. (Jerry Falwell is on tv right now.) He’s going to have to keep framing the issue himself.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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