So this past Sunday, May 6, Vice President Biden is on Meet the Press. Considering the guest and his propensity to say things, everything was going fine.
From The President’s perspective, out of blue Joe says "I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties."
The White House is probably by now used to having some damage control on stand-by whenever the Veep is scheduled to speak. However this was a little more than expected because it does not completely square with the President’s views. The Pres said last year his views on this point are still “evolving,” but were not now and never had been consistent with the Veep’s statement.
Meanwhile, on Monday out (though not out of the closet) comes Arne_Duncan, who is Obama’s Secretary of Education. Secretary Duncan was interviewed and admitted this was the first time he had ever publically stated his views on the subject and they were about the same as Biden’s.
Timing is everything and that helped the administration. The French and Greeks had elections Sunday which produced some not necessarily pleasant surprises, Monday Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu announced a new coalition, Putin is now officially back in power, and The Veep fooled everyone by being quiet. So all that was enough to keep his above comments off or way down in the news.
Also, late last night Rick Santorum sent perhaps the most feeble endorsement yet in modern American presidential politics. Around 11:00 p.m., Monday night, Santorum told his supporters via e-mail that the first order of business is defeating Obama so he was endorsing Romney. However, that message was 13 paragraph down after his message about continuing his fight. The e-mail must have been a joy to read at that hour or first thing in the morning before rushing off to work or meetings. This behavior is consistent with the Rick described by this Examiner last month (please see http://www.examiner.com/article/is-he-or-isn-t-he) and in earlier columns, such as in February http://www.examiner.com/article/campaign-humor-iii-santorum
In sum, we have two politically mixed marriages. One is Obama-Biden where The President always has to be careful what his blunt speaking VP will say. The other is the presumptive challenger whose chief rival said the challenger is not as bad as the incumbent so I’m endorsing him and saying "We need all hands on deck." We'll see.