Same-sex marriage is the topic du jour and Biden and Obama are coming under fire for it, although for different reasons.
Joe Biden has had the Sarah Palin complex when it comes to shooting off his mouth first and then thinking about it later, so that's why he is tentatively in the dog house. The Republicans would argue that Palin's off-the-cuff remarks are fine since she is just telling it like it is; democrats would give Biden the same pass.
Some feel Biden went too far this time, however, and misspoke when he opened his mouth about the issue of gay marriage mere months away from election day in November.
They have a good point.
Voters have to consider the possibility, however, that Biden was speaking out on behalf of the president when he made his Sunday night comments about same-sex marriage, even if Obama hasn't come right out and said so yet.
David Axlerod, Obama's senior campaign advisor would agree that Biden spoke for the president on Sunday, as evidenced by his comments reported by CBS. "Axlerod insisted that Biden had not broken with the president. He said Mr. Obama had shown his support for gay rights throughout his term.
Indeed Obama has shown that support, just look at how he did away with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. He supports the gay community just like he supports the abortion community. He's been clear about that.
Obama sent the DOJ to defend Trayvon Martin's family, but he refused to do his duty as commander-in-chief and put up a defense for the Defense of Marriage Act. That should tell any voter that is still uncertain of where he stands on marriage between two men or two women, and that he is in support of it.
It's still not enough to please his homosexual community voters, however, and they want to know why doesn't the president support them more publicly?
The answer to that question, however, according to CBS, is already known by the gay community, despite their admonitions to the contrary. And they've resigned themselves to Obama waiting until after he gains the presidency for his last four years before he shows his hand on the subject to other Americans.
They realize, as does Obama, that to speak up now in support of gay marriage, when the majority of American's do not support it, would be tantamount to handing the election over to Mitt Romney today. And neither Obama nor the gay community wants to see that happen.That's why it was Axlerod speaking instead of Obama on the topic.
That gives the president current deniability, which he will then backtrack and claim was an honest statement by Axlerod just as soon as he gets into office. Americans have seen this aboutface behavior before by the president. It's nothing new.
Hence, Joe Biden gets to be the one to carry the football of verbal support to the media in hopes it appeases the gay voters wanting more of a show right now, and Obama gets to try and not tick off those who don't want that to happen between now and the time he hopes to take office.