October 8, 2009

Straight Talk - Mark Steyn - The Corner on National Review Online

Mark Steyn, on the idea that gays have no complaint with Obama, since he said up-front that he was against gay marriage...

...I think Veronique's overlooking a central reality of contemporary electoral politics: Democrats win by pretending to be to the right of who they really are. Their base understands and accepts this. Thus, when Democrat candidates profess to believe that "marriage is between a man and a woman" or to be "personally passionately opposed to abortion" or even to favor "the good war" in Afghanistan and if necessary invade Pakistan, their base hears this as a necessary rhetorical genuflection to the knuckledragging masses but one that will be conveniently discarded on the first day in office.

On balance, this seems a healthier reaction than falling like schoolgirls for the candidate's "centrism", "fiscal responsibility", "post-partisan temperament" and other hooey like certain conservative thinkers we could mention.

Democrats assume that Dem politicians are lying. But that's a dangerous place to be in. A little like living in a totalitarian state; no one dares to tell the truth, so nothing can be trusted. Most of the time they more-or-less know where they are, but it's pretty clear that with Obama a lot of different groups were assuming that he was "one of them." But you can't ask!

Posted by John Weidner at October 8, 2009 5:37 PM
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