Two days ago, President Obama said:

Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer: I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

…and there was much discussion. The talking heads talked, the chattering classes chattered, everybody had an opinion.

I wondered: Why this? And why now? The obvious answer: because it’s an election year.

President Obama’s statement won’t change any minds on the Republican side: they loathe him, nothing he could say or do will change that. Some few Democrats might take offense, but it seems likely to charge up the more progressive wing of the party & produce a net increase in votes come November.