Ron Reagan: Obama ‘Taking More Time Evolving’ On Gay Marriage Than Humans Did Evolving From Apes
The issue of marriage equality has again taken a prominent position in the news cycle following Vice President Joe Biden‘s recent remarks supporting gay marriage. On Tuesday’s Hardball, Ron Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, voiced his opinion of President Obama‘s position on the issue. Obama, he said, is “taking more time evolving on this issue than humans took evolving from apes.”
Chris Matthews‘ segment was about North Carolina, where a ban on same-sex marriage is up for vote. Matthews began by observing that pretty much everyone thinks Obama supports marriage equality, but that he’s unwilling to say it just yet.
“This whole evolving thing has really jumped the shark at this point,” Reagan said. “I mean, [Obama’s] taking more time evolving on this issue than humans took evolving from apes.” He acknowledged that’s a bit of “hyperbole,” but digressed.
We all know it’s a “political calculation,” he added: we could argue whether it’s a correct or incorrect one, but it’s an “obvious” calculation. Reagan continued: “He’s taking a civil rights issue and he’s trying to kind of, you know, straddle the fence on it, and it’s unseemly. He’s beginning to look ridiculous on this issue. He needs to just get off the fence and just go wherever they know he really is in the first place.”
Matthews asked, “If he loses the election because of this, and Mitt Romney walks into the White House, a man who says he will not evolve — doesn’t evolve, RINO, doesn’t believe in evolution, period — […] is that good for the cause?”
Reagan replied, “It’s not good for the cause, although the cause will continue and will prevail just because of demographics if nothing else.” He further added:
“I understand what the calculation is, but I think the calculation is now incorrect. You can only make this political calculation when people don’t generally see it as a political calculation. If people know that you’re not actually speaking your mind and your heart, if you are inauthentic about this issue – and it is an important issue to some people, a lot of people – then you’re doing yourself harm. You’re actually harming your electoral prospects.”
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