Why doesn’t Barack go and make these promises personally?
Mindful of the audience in front of her, [Michelle Obama] then touched up gay and lesbian issues. “In a world as it should be,” Obama said, “we repeal laws like DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’” She also said an Obama Administration would “recognize” gay adoption rights. Both lines received loud applause. Another crowd pleasing line was about the Iraq war. “In a world as it should be,” Obama said, “we end this war responsibly.”
This is pretty dramatic stuff. Democrats love to rail against the Defense of Marriage Act (signed by that reactionary Bill Clinton), but it would probably have overwhelming support if anyone bothered to poll on it. It simply guarantees that no state will be required to recognize gay marriages sanctioned in other states. It does not prevent a state from recognizing such marriages, nor sanctioning its own. In effect, it requires an action of the state legislature to bring same sex marriage to a state, rather than a court.
If Barack plans to overturn DOMA, and to recognize gay adoption, why isn’t he more forthcoming about it? Why is Michelle Obama making promises at secluded fundraisers in liberal enclaves, far from the eyes of the mainstream press?
The Left is fond of saying that McCain is stealthily and secretly trying to extend President Bush’s policies for four more years. That wouldn’t be so laughable if Obama were more forthcoming about his own.