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Newsweek Features President Obama As “The First Gay President”

May 13, 2012

How might Newsweek compete with Time after the latter featured breastfeeding as a cover story?

How about this. 

Andrew Sullivan writes a great read, but the method of trying to sell Newsweek to buyers is getting weaker by the addition.  Tina Brown makes me laugh–at her.

If money was one factor making the move necessary, the youth vote—essential to his demographic coalition and overwhelmingly pro–marriage equality—clinched the logic of it. The under-30s were looking worryingly apathetic, especially compared with 2008. This would fire them back up. And by taking a position directly counter to that of Mitt Romney, who favors a constitutional amendment to ban all rights for gay couples across the entire country, Obama advanced his key strategy to winning in the fall: to make this a choice election. If it is a choice election, he wins. If it is a referendum on the last four years of economic crisis, he could lose. And last week, especially after The Washington Post broke the news of Romney’s adolescent assault on a gay student, the choice could not have been starker.

The latest Gallup poll, moreover, offered another incentive. Marriage equality is now supported by half of Americans in polls. But more important is the nature of the support. Sixty-five percent of Democrats back marriage equality, compared with only 22 percent of Republicans. But independents favor gay marriage by 57 percent—far closer to the Democrats than the GOP. So it’s been confirmed: gay rights is indeed a wedge issue. But now—unlike 2004—it’s a wedge issue for the Democrats. Women, too, are more supportive of marriage equality—a further shoring up of the gender gap already widened by the spring’s chatter about contraception. Catholics? Whatever the bishops say, Catholics are second only to Jews in their support for gay marriage. Biden speaks for a lot of them.

5 Comments
  1. Solly permalink
    May 15, 2012 1:56 PM

    Once again, Ferrell knows not whereof he speaks:

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/04/hipster-jesus-here-save-newsweek/50615/

  2. May 14, 2012 10:49 PM

    This kills me. Every time Conservatives accuse the left of making Obama a “Messiah” you laugh in our face. And here you have Newsweek (a liberal publication) putting Obama on the cover with a Halo on his head. Also, if Newsweek put Jesus Christ on the cover, the rag would receive compliants from its liberal readership and lose readers – all twelve or so of them fast.

    God knows what would happen if Newsweek would get if they put Jesus on the cover with a Halo. Probably pitchforks and torches time.

  3. Dante permalink
    May 14, 2012 7:39 AM

    Just like Clinton was not the first “black” president, Obama is not the “gay” president. I feel sorry for the gay community who are so desperate that they will even grab onto a moment on network tv where all he did was have a campaign moment, there was no honesty in his statement.

  4. Solly permalink
    May 14, 2012 1:19 AM

    The clouds in the sky have parted and the heavens have shown down the light upon skip. Exactly. Civil marriage for two consenting adults, registered in the courthouse with the same benefits for all. Religious blessings for those that want it, and no religion or religious would be compelled to bless a union that they can’t abide. And the religions that want extra rules, like marriage is only for those who can procreate, like Mittens & Reince Priebus say the reason for marriage exists, or the Catholics, to forbid divorce, in order to extort big cash payments to get an annulment, can do that too. Win/Win/Win. Giddyup skip! See you at the next Libertarian meeting!

  5. skip1930 permalink
    May 13, 2012 11:03 PM

    What ever happened with separation of church and state?
    Why is this religious bull even political?

    skip.

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