No, no, no... We're talking about this guy.
After Joey "Choo-choo" Biden spoke truth to power in support of gay marriage over the weekend, it left his boss and his
Here's ABC's Jack Tapper grilling White House spokesperson, Jay Carney, on the matter:
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And here's Dana Milbank of the WaPo chiming in:
If Vice President Biden continues to make public appearances during this campaign, White House press secretary Jay Carney should be offered a membership in the janitors’ union.
As things stand, the spokesman does not have the supplies necessary to clean up the mess Biden made in his appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Biden gave his full support to same-sex marriage — a position conspicuously at odds with the public stance of his boss, President Obama, who is widely assumed to share Biden’s views but who says that his own thinking is “evolving.”
The vice president said he is “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage, committing the classic Washington gaffe of accidentally speaking the truth. This bit of straight talk made Obama’s position — neither for nor against such unions but in an evolutionary state, not unlike the Galapagos finch — all the more untenable. On Monday, Biden took off for a campaign event in Tennessee, leaving Carney on cleanup duty. But the more Carney swabbed the mess, the more it spread.
CNN’s Jessica Yellin asked whether Obama was trying to “have it both ways before an election” and whether he should “stop dancing around the issue.”
ABC’s Jake Tapper said that “it seems cynical to hide this prior to the election” and that “I don’t want to hear the same talking points 15 times in a row.”
NBC’s Chuck Todd said with a grin, “So help me out here. He opposes bans on gay marriage, but he doesn’t yet support gay marriage?”
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Disengenuous or just political reality? Not that the two are mutually exclusive of one another. Afterall, there are only so many progressive causes one can push in a single term, or even half term. The 2010 midterm elections bore that out.
Still, the President has been remarkably teflon-coated when it has come to this issue and it is nice to see the press, for once, doing their job in calling out the administration on apparent contradicting agendas/views of gay marriage.
Alinsky's rule for making your opponent live up to their standards at work here, again.