I just want to comment on what I believe is one of the most magnificent examples of seizing a political opportunity I have ever seen- Obama's coming out in favor of gay marriage a couple of days ago.
Now, I am positive that we all knew how he really felt about the issue- he has simply spent years refusing to state it out loud, for legitimate fear of the feigned Conservative outrage that he would have to deal with.
Well, here is what I think happened. A few days ago, Obama's people learned of the imminent revelation of the ugly incident in which Romney led a sickening assault against a gay student. Obama saw a window in which he could make his position known, and have the whole issue be reported not as the holy Romney versus the Satanic pervert Obama, but rather as the bully Romney versus the nice guy Obama. He seized the chance, and it worked. The story about Romney cast him in such an unappealing light, that Conservatives have been totally unable to respond with their usual synthetic fury to Obama's statement, thus minimizing the damage that it did to him.
Most all of us have had our differences with Obama, but I have to say, this was a stroke of political genius which bodes quite well for what Obama has in store for Mitt in the next few months.