So not long ago we brought you Jeb Bush’s comments on how he is “evolving” on gay marriage.
First he said that marriage should be a “state” issue, which actually fits within the spectrum of modern conservative opinion – even if it doesn’t completely take a defensive view of traditional marriage. Then he said this to the New York Times,
“We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law,” Mr. Bush said in a statement. “I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue – including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty.”
Obviously, this statement did not engender any extra support for Bush in the conservative community; in fact, it did just the opposite creating even more reason for conservatives to view Bush’s candidacy suspiciously. This coupled with Bush’s support for amnesty and for the Common Core created a trio of major problem issues for the younger Bush to overcome in the early stages of the campaign. Since then, Bush has added a number of other issues to this list, including his continued support of the Iraq invasion and his inability to stand resolutely AGAINST tax increases.
However, if Bush was speaking honestly in a recent interview with David Brody of CBN’s the Brody File, then one major fear for conservative may now be put to rest.
David Brody: Conservative Christians are real concerned about the culture nowadays, especially on the marriage issue. They want a candidate that is going to fight on this issue. Are you their guy? Because they are concerned about the marriage issue…
Jeb Bush: Well, I’m concerned about it as well. I think traditional marriage is a sacrament. It’s talking about being formed by one’s faith, it’s at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, committed child-centered family system is hard to imagine.
So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide, I don’t know what they are going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.
We have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart and soul.
Brody: Do you believe there should be a constitutional right to same-sex marriage? Because that’s the argument in front of the Supreme Court…
Bush: I don’t but I’m not a lawyer and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace. What’s interesting is four years ago Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had the same view that I just expressed to you. It’s thousands of years of culture and history is just being changed at warp speed. It’s hard to fathom why it is this way.
Alright, color me confused.
I’m not sure how to reconcile this statement to David Brody with his previous statements on this issue. Cynically, I see one statement to a hometown newspaper taking a “middle-of-the-road” states’ rights approach. Then I see one statement to a major liberal newspaper that is pretty progressive, arguing for conservatives to respect the Supreme Court decision that might “legalize” gay marriage. And now there is this statement to a conservative news outlet, CBN, wherein he argues that we must defend traditional marriage at all costs.
It’s quite a whirlwind.
I would guess that Bush is a traditional marriage guy who is trying not to push away more socially liberal voters… but that doesn’t really matter, does it? Because the way he speaks out of both sides of his mouth is enough to give any voter – conservative, liberal, moderate or otherwise – some very real worries about voting for him. This kind of confused rhetoric only adds to the image of Jeb Bush as the consummate politician, a man seemingly motivated only by the desire for power. Not really an attractive quality when attempting to select your next party’s next candidate for President.
His backpedaling on gay marriage may be enough to sway some conservatives back into his camp, but for me, it only solidifies my decision not to ever vote for Jeb Bush. I cannot give my vote to a man who obviously only cares about winning and gives no real concern to the issues we truly care about.