Bob Barr gave us the Defense of Marriage Act, but Bill Clinton signed it into law. Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, he ran ads trumpeting that fact, and on Christian radio stations to boot. The move was clearly a political calculation — principle never entered into it.
If selling us out was what it took to win re-election, Clinton didn’t hesitate to do so. He recognized that gay voters were still unlikely to desert him, given the alternative. Clinton finally got around to saying “Oops!” this year, but he has yet to apologize for his naked political play at our expense.