Posted by: Jeff | February 25, 2011

No Sudden Moves

Upon news that President Obama has ordered the Department of Justice to cease legal defense of DOMA, the law prohibiting gay marriage at the federal level, Andrew Sullivan once again acknowledges Obama’s record in playing the long game:

As Obama used to say: no sudden moves. But his legacy on gay rights is beginning to build into a historic one. Yes, I have complained loudly in the past. My loyalty is to the issue, not the president. But he is coming through – more cunningly than most of us grasped.

Which is not the first time one can say that on many issues, where Obama’s caution and incrementalism have begun to create a legacy that is deeply unsatisfying in the present but looks rather substantive from the rear-view mirror.

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