If you are my age, you will recall the many liberals and moderates in the 1980s who were not exactly pro-Communist but who were opposed to those who actually oppose Communism: the anti-anti-Communism crowd.
Among the establishment candidates, Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich is emerging clearly as the anti-anti-gay marriage candidate. On CNN’s State of the Union, Dana Bash asked him whether Rubio’s and Walker’s opposition to abortions in the case of rape and incest would make them “unelectable” against a Democrat who supports abortion with no exceptions.
Kasich decided to gratuitously, for no apparent reason, use his answer to communicate his distaste for doing anything in response to the Supeme Court’s gay marriage ruling:
Well, I think that it’s an important issue, but I think there’s many other issues that are really critical, early childhood, infant mortality, the environment, education. I think we focus too much on just one issue. And now that the issue of gay marriage is kind of off the table, we’re kind of down to one social issue, you know?
To those who followed his interviews in response to Obergefell (see the ‘F’ we gave him on our report card), Kasich’s desire to move on and do nothing about the Left’s new aggressiveness against supporters of traditional marriage is not exactly news. But his desire to insert it into a conversation about abortion is striking confirmation: he’s giving a dog whistle to the Left on gay rights. They have a passive friend in a Kasich presidency.
Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.