Paul Begala, the political dinosaur who advised Bill Clinton in the early ’90s, appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 tonight to criticize President Obama’s public position on marriage equality.
Begala told Cooper that Obama is “late to the party” when it comes to the issue.
Who is Begala kidding? Did he advise Clinton to sign the Defense of Marriage Act? Or “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?” Talk about late to the party, Begala’s BFF Hillary Clinton still hasn’t endorsed marriage equality, even though she’s found time to record an “It Gets Better” video.
CNN needs to update its corps of political commentators. Begala is a ’90s relic who lacks credibility when criticizing modern political leaders for their public views on social issues. Sure, Bill Clinton belatedly came around to endorsing marriage equality — long after Dick Cheney did. But Clinton played the gay community for years and Begala was his closest adviser.
Bill Clinton can’t touch Barack Obama when it comes to support for the LGBT community. Begala should recognize that and explain his own role in the duplicitous Clinton years.