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Ed to Obama: Man up on marriage equality

I have to agree with Ed Rendell on this one: Obama’s not going to lose any votes he already has if he comes out in support of marriage equality:

During an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday morning, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) — who supported marriage equality while in office — called on President Obama to back the cause and lead on the issue. “I think he should do exactly what [former RNC chairman] Michael Steele said he should do. He should man up and say, this is what I believe. And I think he doesn’t lose any African-American votes,” he said.

“The people who vote solely on this issue, single issue voter, gay marriage, none of them are voting for Barack Obama now and they’re not going to vote for him whether he says he’s against it.”

Absolutely true. I’d be surprised if anyone decided not to vote for Rendell on this issue — and we live in Pennsyltucky!

As to Obama’s perceived risk in offending black church members, there’s a glimmer of truth – but only a glimmer:

Since the passage of Proposition 8, much has been said about the supposed dramatic opposition to marriage equality among African Americans, fueled by National Election Pool (NEP) figures based on sampling in only a few precincts that erroneously indicated 70 percent of California’s African Americans supported Proposition 8. The study found that when religious service attendance was factored out, however, there was no significant difference between African Americans and other groups.

In other words, people of all races and ethnicities who worship at least once a week overwhelmingly supported Proposition 8, with support among white, Asian and Latino frequent churchgoers actually being greater than among African Americans.

“We clearly need to redouble our work with people of faith to overcome the notion that civil marriage for same-sex couples somehow threatens religious liberties and to convince them that protecting all families equally is the just and moral thing to do,” said the Rev. Mark Wilson, coordinator of African-American minister outreach for And Marriage for All.

Moreover, the study found that the level of support for Proposition 8 among African Americans was nowhere close to the NEP exit poll 70 percent figure. The study looked at pre- and post-election polls and conducted a sophisticated analysis of precinct-level voting data from five California counties with the highest African-American populations (Alameda (Oakland), Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco).* Based on this, it concludes that the level of African-American support for Proposition 8 was in the range of 57-59 percent. Its precinct-level analysis also found that many precincts with few black voters supported Proposition 8 at levels just as high or higher than those with many black voters.

As discussed earlier, the 57-59 percent figure — while higher than white and Asian-American voters — is largely explained by the higher rates of African-American religious service attendance: 57 percent of African Americans attend religious services at least once a week, compared to 42 percent of whites and 40 percent of Asian Americans.

“This study debunks the myth that African Americans overwhelmingly and disproportionately supported Proposition 8. But we clearly have work to do with, within and for African-American communities, particularly the black church,” said Andrea Shorter, director of And Marriage for All.

Besides, pulling the lever to support Prop 8 is still very, very different than pulling the lever for Republican Mitt Romney. I think Rendell’s right: Obama doesn’t have much to lose on this one, and he may gain some votes among those who are disaffected by his waffling on the issue.

Parting words

Go read what Dick Lugar said about his party’s extremists.

About why it was so necessary to stop gay marriage:

Arghh

The fucking hosting company wants screenshots of the error messages you get when you try to access the site. They “can’t help” unless we send them.

Back to the frying pan

He’s no gem, but he’s not Scott Walker:

Shrugging off millions of dollars spent by labor groups to defeat him, Tom Barrett walked to victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary and set up a more taxing sprint toward June 5 – a historic recall that will be a rematch of his unsuccessful 2010 race against Gov. Scott Walker.

In the recall primary, The Associated Press called the race for the Milwaukee mayor over former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, showing that more than $4 million doesn’t necessarily buy a close race.

Even as Barrett was campaigning to the primary win Tuesday, Walker was barnstorming the state, showing the fight he will bring to what is expected to be a tight, brutal month of campaigning for one of the most important elections to state office in Wisconsin history. A poll last week showed Walker and Barrett in a dead heat.

Walker has been preparing for months for the election that is just four weeks away, raising a record $25 million, while Barrett must now pivot toward this race with far fewer resources.

“We cannot fix Wisconsin with Walker as governor,” Barrett said in a statement. “This election is not about fighting past battles, it is about moving forward together to create jobs and get our economy moving again. Wisconsin cannot afford to continue to suffer through Walker’s ideological civil war.”

 

 

 

You were right

All of you who were suspicious of that CIA al-Qaeda plot.

Live at Budokan

The Beatles, 1966:

Non-denial denial

Not exactly a straight answer, and it doesn’t exactly make you take the Progressive Caucus seriously.

Teabaggers gone wild

Six-term Sen. Lugar defeated in Ind. GOP primary. Imagine, Dick Lugar isn’t conservative enough for them! Time to kiss up to some lobbying firms…

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