Via AmericaBlog 2 hours ago:
damn, “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross hit Hillary Clinton hard on the degree to which she, and the Democratic party, were playing politics with their views on gay marriage.After listening to the interview, I know why Hillary Clinton sounded so "wishy-washy" on the topic of her opinion of Gay Marriage:
Look, I was a Hillary supporter before I switched my allegiance to Obama in late 2007 (before it was cool). And while it was a hard-fought primary, and we were quite tough on Hillary, I still think she would make a strong and effective president. But this interview did not go well. Terry Gross hits her hard, and Hillary gets defensive. And it didn’t strike me as a very effective “I’m a strong leader with strong views” kind of defensive. It sounded somewhat wishy-washy. And I’m not entirely sure why.
Clinton said in January 2000 that marriage does not include gay unions: "Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman." She said she would have voted for the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), but again said she supported partnership benefits for same-sex couples. Gay groups expressed disappointment in her position.Here is what Hillary Clinton said about her oppositions to Gay Marriage today on NPR:
GROSS: “I’m just trying to clarify so I can understand -”Here is the audio:
CLINTON: “No, I don’t think you are trying to clarify. I think you are trying to say that I used to be opposed and now I am in favor and I did it for political reasons. And that’s just flat wrong. So let me just state what I feel like I think you are implying and repudiate it. I have a strong record. I have a great commitment to this issue and I am proud of what I’ve done and the progress were making.”
And I have a poll question: