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Watch: Glenn Greenwald Talks to Lawrence O'Donnell About the DOMA News, and Political Posturing

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Glenn Greenwald and Lawrence O'Donnell talked about past administrations who have refused to defend measures they believed to be unconstitutional, John Boehner's reaction, and the political strategizing behind the DOMA news.

Says Greenwald: "I think you're going to see a lot more inflammatory rhetoric coming from the right wing of the Republican party over this issue. That's why I think there is political risk involved."

Also questioned is whether Obama is ready to come out for marriage equality, and if he will.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Says Greenwald: "I think you're going to see a lot more inflammatory rhetoric coming from the right wing of the Republican party over this issue. That's why I think there is political risk involved."

    Please. Obama could blow his nose and the Rethugs would unleash their inflammatory rhetoric. They scream no matter what he does, so he might as well do something positive.

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 24, 2011 8:24:10 AM


  2. Obama is committing political suicide...Is it the morally right thing to do? Yes...But it is stupid politics, the right will use this to bludgeon him in the upcoming presidential election...And any gays delusional enough to think that he's doing this for their minuscule votes truly have a false sense of importance...the gay community can't even win in the states where they are most prominent, like California and New York...They have absolutely no voting clout at the state or national level...If I were Obama, I would have held back until after the elections...And even now, many white gays will still find a reason to despise him...I just don't understand why he choose this time to do this...

    Posted by: Kayla | Feb 24, 2011 8:32:06 AM


  3. Kayla, Maybe he did it because it is the right thing to do, as you said. We Americans are so jaded to politics that we assume no one ever does anything for the right reason, that no one makes courageous decisions. And we do so at our own peril. I don't know the inside of Obama's brain. Maybe he simply decided that now is the time to take a step against discrimination. Whatever, we need to recognize this as a wonderful step forward.

    Posted by: Brian from Tucson | Feb 24, 2011 10:22:09 AM


  4. "If I were Obama, I would have held back until after the elections..."

    Well, Kayla, we can be thankful you're not the President. Obama is not committing political suicide by this stance. He didn't just wake up and decide to make a statement on DOMA--this was obviously in the works for a while, and there was a deadline for him to make a call based on Holder's recommendations.

    Obama is a shrewd and cautious politician. Virulent opponents of marriage equality would never vote for him anyway. Among Obama supporters (Dem's and Independents), a majority is already in favor of equality and most of the rest don't care strongly one way or the other. You are overstating the issue's importance--it's important to us and the bigots, both minority groups. (Voting against us on a ballot proposition--easy to say No--is quite different than deciding who you will vote for based on one narrow issue.)

    Right wingnuts would love this to be Obama's political suicide, but he's actually helped whenever he takes a stand and exposes the "small-government" Republicans true hypocritical agenda.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 24, 2011 10:24:05 AM


  5. It certainly hurts Obama in the eyes of the LGBT community and its friends & relations to have his administration continually trotting out ugly and false arguments to defend mean-spirited anti-gay laws.

    As Ichabod says, and it's a lesson Obama has repeatedly refused to learn, it doesn't matter what Obama does, blow his nose, choose a pet dog, come out in favor of increasing the military budget, he will get savaged for it by the right wing.

    It's hard for me to understand why Obama has so stubbornly insisted on throwing treats to the right (who snap them up then piss on his leg), while throwing crumbs (& kicks) at gays & the left, who, if they felt well taken care of by him, would have more energy to fight for him. I sure would.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Feb 24, 2011 12:32:38 PM


  6. courageous move on the part of the administration. Obama needs his party to come together and really think very carefully about what is at stake...the Wisconsin situation should send chills down the spine of every working American that has a boss. Your rights are about to get squashed like a bug.

    Posted by: chris | Feb 24, 2011 4:53:58 PM


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