I don't much care about the subject of gay marriage. Deeply religious people for whom gay marriage is an abomination will dislike me because I'm not rabidly against it, and liberals will dislike me because I'm not rabidly for it. Such is life. I'd much rather worry about the size of the national debt, or the increased tax burden that Gov. Martin Taxalot has imposed on the good people of Maryland (and that the Democrats in the U.S. Congress want to impose on pretty much everybody). National defense seems like a national concern. The crappy state of public education seems like a worthwhile local/state concern, albeit one replicated across the nation. Gay marriage? Not so much.
So when President Obama suddenly decides that gay marriage is a fundamental right - but, er, one that should be decided at the state level, as he awkwardly tried to have it both ways - just before a big Hollywood fundraiser, it's no wonder that around 2/3 of the respondents in a New York Times poll thought he was flip-flopping on the issue for political reasons, not out of some newfound conviction. Me? I'd add that he finds it useful to fluff up his liberal base and distract everyone from the lousy state of the economy. Only media outlets that are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Obama reelection campaign - such as the once-fine Time magazine - take the whole thing seriously, anointing Obama "our first gay president." (One wonders what Time knows that Michelle doesn't!)
In politics, one simply can't be too cynical.