Rich Galen

It is no secret that Black voters are very uncomfortable dealing with all gay issues. On Tuesday voters in North Carolina voted for a constitutional amendment to forbid gay marriages.

The Democrat survey research firm, Public Policy Polling, reporting in advance of that vote that "projected 60-65 percent of African-Americans would vote in favor of the ban," according to

Are African-Americans now going to vote for Mitt Romney?

No. Of course not. But it is another reason for many who turned out to vote for Obama in 2008 to simply stay home in 2012.

On this issue, Obama had to choose between Blacks and Liberals. He chose Liberals and that will come at a price.

This is not new territory for Obama. On the Keystone Pipeline issue, Obama had successfully maneuvered himself into a position where he had to choose between unions (pro-pipeline) and environmentalists (anti-pipeline).

This is the working definition of inept leadership.

No. That can't be right. "Inept leadership" is an oxymoron.

Inept governance. That works, right?

I happen to agree with Dick Cheney on this issue.

Über-Liberal Markos Moulitsas who writes the very persuasive blog "Daily Kos" got it right. He recognized that Obama had been dragged kicking and screaming to this position when he wrote:

"Jump for joy, but don't make this into something it is not. The President is a political opportunist and you have been played. Yeah, yeah, yeah he's got my vote.

"But don't lie to yourself. Obama is four years behind Cheney on this issue."

" For Obama, gay marriage is not a position of firm belief. " It is nothing more than a marriage of inconvenience. "

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at