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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-10-12 01:57 AM
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Obama's sudden shift on gay marriage nets a $1MILLION in just 90 minutes
- as Republicans accuse him of 'playing politics'

Oh, no! Obama is "placating" to voters! Something the Repubdicks never ever do! :cry:

"As President Obama changed his mind on the issue of gay marriage, he sent shockwaves through the political world - and a boatload of cash into his campaign war chest.
After Obama's announcement, his re-election crusade saw a spike in donations.
In fact, BuzzFeed reported that Obama's 2012 campaign collected an astonishing $1million within 90 minutes after the ABC News interview aired.

One contributor, Stuart Kopperman - who married his gay partner in Washington, D.C. - told the Associated Press that he made a $25 contribution to the Obama campaign 'to say thank you.

But while numerous gay rights advocates and celebrities applauded Obama's announcement on Wednesday, Republicans were quick to take jabs at the commander-in-chief.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus accused Obama of placating to voters..."

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2142198/Preside...

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-10-12 02:03 AM
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1. If CBS News is correct, the only surprise is that it was not more money.
Edited on Thu May-10-12 02:13 AM by No Elephants
For what CBS News said, please see Reply 12 on this thread.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I don't think Joe Biden is getting enough credit on this.

No one forced his hand and he came out with unconditional support for marriage equality, no hemming and hawing, no mincing words, no leaving it to the states (DOMA is already in place and many states have already enshrined inequality in their laws and constitutions).

Whatever the details, though, this is a great thing for America. I'll take it with both hands. I'm ust not going to ignore the reality of how and why it happened, although that began to happen almost before the President finished talking.
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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-10-12 02:21 AM
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2. Off topic, but just curious...
Do you work off hours, or are you just an incurable insomniac (Thanks,Mom), like me?

I've tried several ways to attempt sleep earlier...nothing has worked. I seem to function best sleeping from 4am to 11am.

I hate missing out on the daylight hours.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-10-12 02:31 AM
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3. I don't sleep much. I don't know if that is technically insomnia
Edited on Thu May-10-12 02:32 AM by No Elephants
because most insomniacs complain about not being able to fall asleep. My problem is waking up after a couple of hours and not being able to get back to sleep, yet not having the energy to jump up and start chores, etc.

As a teen, I was famous in my family for not being able to wake up. Sleeping ten to twelve hours a night on weekends was not unusual. Now I can't stay asleep.

Life is funny.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-10-12 02:52 AM
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4. P.S. I found trying to fight it did nothing but tire me. So, I gave up fighting.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-10-12 05:14 AM
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5. I think we have to remember, too, that the indies are seen as the ones who decide elections and 56%
Edited on Thu May-10-12 05:38 AM by No Elephants
of indies are pro gay marriage, at least according to polls.

The perception is that indies decide almost all, if not all, elections, especially Presidential elections.

Also,a lot of Obama's support in 2008 came from young people, who tend to favor equal rights and who were polling a lot less strongly for Obama this time than they were in 2008. This can only help him with a demographic that was very important for him--and I don't think it will lose him votes with African Americans, another very important demographic for him.

Finally, let's remember that the President's position has almost "evolved" back to where it was 16 years ago, when he ran for state senator and fully supported equal marriage rights for gays.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-11-12 01:38 AM
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6. One thing this will do, though, is energize the Republican base. Up until now, it has not been
energized.
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