One question I had in mind in the 2008 campaign was to wonder what upside, if any, there really was in Barack Obama saying he’s opposed to gay marriage. Would anyone for whom stopping gay marriage is a vote-deciding issue really think he could afford to be indifferent to the Obama/McCain choice on this score? Wasn’t there a clearly relevant difference in judicial picks? Along these lines, I don’t quite see what either Joe Biden or Barack Obama is achieving by playing footsie with the idea that their views are “evolving” and likely to change in the future.
One thing Biden’s right about, though, is that marriage equality is essentially inevitable. I think the smart/cynical thing for politicians to do is get on the right side of history. And it’s also the right thing to do. How convenient!