Looks like Joe Biden’s umpteenth open-mouth-insert-foot moment may cost his boss a key swing state that he won last election:
President Obama’s decision to personally endorse gay marriage could cost him North Carolina, a swing state both presidential campaigns are contesting vigorously.
Remember that North Carolina just this week voted for an amendment that said in no uncertain terms that marriage is between a man and a woman, and it passed by about a 60-40 margin.
It’s also possible that it could reach well beyond North Carolina, causing problems with one of the key groups that Democrats depend on:
Obama won the Tar Heel State four years ago, partly on the strength of turnout by African Americans, who polls show largely do not embrace gay marriage. While most African-Americans are expected to stay in Obama’s camp, losing some, or depressing African American turnout even slightly, could cost the president.
And there are rumors floating around (remember, a rumor is just a rumor until confirmed, and I’m clearly calling this a rumor) that the Democrats may be thinking of moving their convention out of Charlotte.
Democrats who already were queasy about the site of their national convention could be excused after Tuesday’s election in North Carolina if they asked, “Tell me again just why we’re going to Charlotte this year?” In fact, many Democrats privately are asking exactly that after the state’s voters overwhelmingly approved a measure outlawing not just same-sex marriage — which already was illegal in North Carolina — but also any form of civil unions. Almost immediately after the vote, more than 20,000 people signed a “move the convention” petition being pushed by a New York group called Gay Marriage USA. And Twitter accounts lit up with hundreds of angry tweets demanding the party pull out of Charlotte.
I honestly don’t think they’re going to change the convention location at this late date unless they’re ready to write the state off completely and are ready for a ton of egg on their collective faces, but the fact that the buzz has started is highly indicative of their problems.
If you combine this with the story out of this week’s primaries where Obama loses 40% of the vote in one primary to a prison inmate, and 20% to “No Preference” in another primary, you have a picture of a campaign that’s in real deep trouble.