OKAY, so I'm hardly the only person who wishes Tout le Beltway would just shut th' fuck up. And marriage equality is hardly the only issue where I'd appreciate compliance. But, really, just shut th' fuck up.
I don't wanna hear about "how rapidly public opinion has changed." Public opinion is an ass, kept around to do mule work when you people need it. Ten or fifteen or forty or fifty years of denying civil rights has gone on with your help. Hell, Ralph Fucking Reed is still on the Sundays, and if there's a stronger argument against the existence of a benevolent God at the moment I can't think of it. If th' teevee news had had the balls to call this--or much else--as it is, it's a good bet those Americans whose opinions are changing fast enough to make their heads spin, assuming their heads are involved in their decisions, would have been forced to make the choice years ago.
But we couldn't treat gay rights as an ethical slash legal problem with a pretty straightforward answer in The Land of Freedom because the Republican party wanted to use it as an issue. Now that much of the party's "intellectual" platoon wants out from under the clear Public Good of marriage equality has suddenly become inevitable, somehow, "no matter what the Court decides."
Fuck that. This is getting on the right side of history before it rips a hole in your pocket. (Fuck the Clintons, while we're at it.) Go on insisting that politicians aren't supposed to show courage, or independent thought, if you want. Just don't hand 'em a Bush Presidential Medal of Approval after the fact.
The Republican party cannot live without its Backwoods Bronze Age wing. At least not on election day. It's in desperate need of cover. Unlike forty years ago, it doesn't have a race card to play. It wants to do nothing and be applauded for its progressiveness. Talking about how public opinion has transformed itself, or how cool and happenin' all the Youngs are, ignores who made all this necessary.
Half the population of the country is having its established Constitutional right to reproductive freedom eaten away on an almost daily basis; there's a pretty clear consensus about that as well, as if that mattered. But the Republican party still wants to use that one. So does the Catholic Church. Start getting on the right side of that, motherfuckers.