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Biden Puts POTUS in Gay Marriage Pickle?

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RUSH: Vice President Biden went on Meet the Press Sunday, and the story is he threw the administration a curveball by saying that he's totally comfortable with gay marriage. He has no problem with it at all. In fact, he's a big advocate now. Obama hasn't said that, and now they're trying to figure out: "Did Biden just go off the reservation, go rogue, or is this a plan?" Dana Milbank in the Washington Post: "Vice President Biden’s Gay-Marriage Gaffe is Mess for White House -- If Vice President Biden continues to make public appearances during this campaign, White House press secretary Jay Carney should be offered a membership in the janitors’ union" for cleaning up the mess.

"As things stand, the spokesman does not have the supplies necessary to clean up the mess Biden made in his appearance Sunday on NBC’s 'Meet the Press.' Biden gave his full support to same-sex marriage -- a position conspicuously at odds with the public stance of his boss, ["Baraka"] Obama, who is widely assumed to share Biden’s views but who says that his own thinking is 'evolving.'" So here's the thing. To be a liberal, this is the pretzel you must twist yourself into.

When Obama says he's opposed to gay marriage, you have to trust that he's lying and lying well. Because as a liberal, you have to believe that he's really for it, but he's very smart, and he can't admit it. So he can dance all around it and he can get close, but at the end of the day you have to trust he's lying. When Obama comes out during the lame-duck session and says, "We can't sunset the Bush tax cuts because it would cause the economy to slow down," you, as a liberal, have to trust he's lying about it.

He doesn't really mean it.

He just has to say it in order to stay viable for his next election and so forth.

I assume Dana Milbank knows. With his connections, with his references to Carney, I'm gonna assume here that Biden went off the reservation, that this was not some planned trial balloon or whatever. Biden went off. Because this whole piece is very simpatico to Carney and the mess he has to clean up. But the piece admits: Yeah, well, Obama's all for it. He just can't say it. Arne Duncan, the education secretary, today he said he's for gay marriage.

He's trying to take some heat off Biden or whatever. They want the left to understand that Obama's for it, too. But they want the left to understand, "Obama can't say it and don't be critical of him for that." But wait, I thought it was a majority position! What's wrong with gay marriage? I thought everybody wanted it. I thought it was so cool. Why can't Obama come out and say he's for it? Why not?

"Well, really, it's not that popular?"

"Oh, it isn't?"

"No. It really isn't."

Well, isn't that the case of most of liberalism? It really isn't that popular? You just have to lie about it? Isn't that what's really being demonstrated here, that 99% of the Obama agenda is really not popular, and that's why Obama can't come out and tell you what he's really for and what he's really going to do, 'cause he doesn't stand a chance of being reelected if he did? The whole notion of gay marriage is such a popular position it's lost in 31-out-of-31 referendums in 31 states.

They're voting on it in North Carolina today.

It's already against the law in North Carolina, but they're going for a constitutional amendment today. You know why? Because they don't trust that a rogue judge will simply not enforce the law. So they're making it part of their Constitution. Obama was scheduled to go into North Carolina today and make a little speech on the economy. It was one of these "get in there, get it, and get out" speeches. He canceled the trip. He didn't want to be anywhere near North Carolina today while the vote on a constitutional amendment establishing marriage as that between a man and a woman was being voted on.

He didn't want to be anywhere near North Carolina. He didn't want any questions about it, didn't want to have to go there. Here's David Axelrod. Here's a sound bite. A sample. This is from last night on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight. Morgan said to Axelrod, "You tweeted almost immediately that what the vice president said -- 'all married couples should have the same legal rights' -- is 'precisely the POTUS position,'" Obama's position. "Do you still think everything Biden said is consistent with the president's position on gay marriage?"

AXELROD: I feel, Piers, that on the policy that the vice president was describing there, that they are in complete accord. That is the president's policy. He believes that couples -- uh, heterosexual couples, uh, gay couples -- should have the same legal rights. And of course that's why, uh, we've stopped, uh, uh, uh, appealing, uh, the DOMA case because, uh --

RUSH: Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh.

AXELROD: -- he believes it's unconstitutional for states not to recognize, the government not to recognize, uh, marriages, uh, that are legally recognized by the state. So what the vice president was stating there was very much in keeping with that policy.

RUSH: Oh, yeah, yeah! "Everything Biden said is very consistent with the president's position, Piers. Uh, except Obama is against gay marriage." Publicly that's Obama's position. You want to hear the press conference? Grab sound bite number eight. The spokeskid, Carney, got pummeled by the press corps yesterday. And this is why I am convinced he called Dana Milbank and said, "You gotta cover me here, man, 'cause I can't do it. This is too big a mess that Biden made." So, here. Listen to a montage of Carney's responses to reporters' questions about Obama's policy on gay marriage.

CARNEY: I have no update on the president's personal views. ... He said that his views on this were "evolving," and I don't have an update for you on that. ... The president was asked this and said that his personal views on this were "evolving." ... I think the president said that he was "evolving." ... I just don't have anything more to give to you on the issue of the president's views. ... I just don't have an update for you on the president's position. ... I can tell you that the president has spoken about this and that his views have not changed, and I have no update to give you on them. ... I don't have an update for you on the president's personal views. ... His views on this are "evolving." ... He just said they're "evolving." ... The next time the president has a news conference, if you want to ask him that, you're certainly welcome to.

RUSH: Okay. And there's no further news here. (Carney "translation") "The president's views are still 'evolving.' I can't tell you what he thinks. I don't have any idea. I wouldn't tell you if I knew. I don't know what the hell he thinks. He doesn't know what he thinks! Neither of us have the guts to tell you the truth on this. So shut up, please!"

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