Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Feingold's Big Gamble - Gay Marriage

Of course Russ Feingold supports gay marriage. The real story would be if he didn't. He did, after all, oppose the Federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.

But this is a little odd. This guy really wants to be president? Regardless of how you feel about gay marriage, you have to admit that the concept isn't exactly taking the country by storm. Two thirds of the country is probably more worried about gay marriage spreading than the bird flu. I mean, states are amending their constitutions to keep gays from marrying. And if they had anything more powerful than their constitutions (like Chuck Norris), they'd amend those, too.

So the practical question is - does this earn Feingold votes anywhere that he doesn't already have them? Has "Brokeback Mountain" so deeply affected Ohio, New Mexico and Florida that they're going to be on board with this?

Either Feingold is making a calculation that the country is going to come around to his way of thinking in the next two years, or this whole "running for president" deal is actually a charade. It may be his attempt to stake out the left wing of the party, for some forseeable job down the road. Or, he may just be angling for a guest spot on "Will and Grace."