First Cuomo, then Obama
The tick-tocky stories we'll hear now about how President Obama arrived at his position on same-sex marriage will all need to be taken with a grain of salt.
It just stands to reason that sources close to Obama, and the president himself, are telling a version of the story that is heavy on soul-searching and light on political calculus (particularly when it comes to the three days since Joe Biden's appearance on "Meet the Press").
Having said that, this is very, very good for Andrew Cuomo, who will legitimately be able to claim forevermore not only that he went ahead of his party's leader on same-sex marriage, but that in fact the leader followed him.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s comments over the weekend "expedited" the president's timing in making his announcement, aides said in interviews on Wednesday, but it did not help shape his decision. The president has gradually reached his position over the last year, advisers said, and was particularly influenced last year when legislators in New York voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
"He sat back and thought, 'What would I do?' " a senior adviser to the president said. "He would have voted yes."