You Say You Want Some Evolution…

Now that the press has ratcheted up the pressure on the President to clarify his ever evolving position on gay marriage, President Obama has agreed to “a hastily scheduled interview just a day after voters in North Carolina approved a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.” See Politico coverage here.

This should prove interesting. Supporters seem baffled at the slow pace at which the President’s thinking has evolved. They should be far more surprised with how quickly it has evolved on the closing of Guantanamo and the use of military tribunals, the extensive use of drones, the urgent need for climate change legislation, the Employee Free Choice Act (card check), the Bush tax cuts, etc., etc., all of which were central to the promise of “Hope and Change.”

Of course, Mr. Obama is not alone (I think we can all recall the 2000 election season and the promises of a humble foreign policy, an end to nation-building, and reducing the government to 16 percent of GDP; if you need a refresher, James Bovard stands ready to assist you). And Mitt Romney has certainly evolved, devolved, and re-evolved in recent years.

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