Lately, Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly has been flanking to the left of President Obama on gay rights issues. Late last month, O’Reilly suggested that the President should “sign an executive order” ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). And yesterday, during a segment about U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision overturning Proposition 8, O’Reilly wondered why Obama has not come out in support of same-sex marriages:
O’REILLY: But why do you think he opposes it?
HOLDER: I don’t know. I mean, I wish we could get a reason from him…. I wish we could get a reason from him instead from Axelrod and his administration. Why do I think? I can’t speculate for the president. I don’t think anybody knows.
O’REILLY: Because I don’t know either. I mean, I got — I’ll sympathize with you. I don’t know why the president is against it either. I mean, you know.
O’Reilly’s concern is shared by many opponents of Proposition 8, who have expressed bewilderment over the administration’s response to the ruling. The Wonk Room breaks down the reaction to the President’s statement and recalls his past support for same-sex marriages.