24 October 2008

Obama and Arnold and Prop 8

Andrew Sullivan challenges Obama:
Black Californians back the anti-gay measure by a margin of 20 points, 58 - 38, in the SUSA poll...[making] it vital, in my opinion, that Barack Obama strongly and unequivocally oppose Proposition 8 in California, rather than keeping mainly quiet as he has done so far. We need him to make an ad opposing it.

Memo to Obama: make an ad. Speak loudly. Defend equality. Defend it when it might actually lose you some votes.
I agree. Obama's nomination is a catch-22 on the issue of Prop 8. The African-American community, who will be voting in droves on November 4th, oppose gay marriage by a ridiculously wide margin, and I am under no illusions those numbers will change significantly in this election. But if Obama were to cut an ad, it might move just enough voters to make a difference.

...I would ask Gov. Schwarzenegger (who is not thrilled that this issue is on the ballot) to cut his own commercial slamming this horrid amendment. Running an Ahh-nuld ad during the NASCAR races and football games over the next two weekends could sway just enough straight white guys to make the same difference an Obama ad might make with the African-American community.

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