I don’t have any trouble with that [repealing ‘Don’t Ask, ‘Don’t Tell] assuming it is done in a way that is respectful of the people in the military who have great difficulty with it. I don’t think there is any good answer to the question why shouldn’t gays and lesbians who want to serve their country be allowed to do it. [... Gay marriage is] going to happen [so why fight it?]
—John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador for George W. Bush’s administration and preliminary 2012 presidential candidate, on his gay rights support (although some of these positions aren’t exactly new: he never supported Bush’s attempt to ban gay marriage in the Constitution)
These come up a lot – some Republican gets better grades than Obama (when, we’ll note, that Republican had no intention of running for office) on gay rights. The point isn’t to say that we should support Republicans, it’s to highlight the incongruity. I think the real question isn’t who is more liberal than Obama, it’s how can we get the gay agenda to be politically palatable for people as moderate as he is.