Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Afternoon news break: North Carolina, Greece, and more

It's the afternoon and there seems to be far more going on in the world of political news than there is media news. Why fight it, here is a round-up of some items of interest:

North Carolina:

Yesterday North Carolina became the 30th state to pass some sort of constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. The amendment passed easily, getting over 60 percent of the vote. Once again Americans went after the rights of other Americans.

North Carolina passes Amendment 1 banning same-sex unions – The Guardian


President Obama, who has been silent on the issue other than when he has been negative, is now expected to speak out on the issue (word has already leaked that he has finally come out in support of gay marriage in an interview with ABC News). His timing is not a coincidence. The President knows that now that the amendment has passed, the issue is essentially dead to the voters. But Obama's supporters, who overwhelmingly support gay marriage, will not be pleased if the President goes into the fall election on the other side of the issue.

Will Mitt Romney, on the other hand, want to make an issue of gay marriage and risk alienating independent voters who will be inundated with campaign ads portraying Romney as too radically right-wing based on his GOP primary speeches? I guess the answer is "yes".

Obama expected to address North Carolina gay marriage ban vote – Associated Press

Romney affirms opposition to same-sex marriage – CBS News

Greece:

So who exactly is the guy who has taken a coalition of leftist parties from nowhere to second in voting? Alexis Tsipras, the leader of SYRIZA has three days to form a government, and though the odds are overwhelmingly against his chances of forming one, he appears to be using his three days to, as they say in the U.S., act presidential.

Alexis Tsipras: the confident and combative Leftist leader calling the shots in Greece – The Telegraph

Yannis Palaiologos, a journalist based on Athens takes a look at the parties on the extreme edges of the Greek political spectrum and asks the obvious (and appropriat) question:

What Do Greeks Really Want? Meet the Voters of the Country’s Extremist Parties – The New Republic

Update:

If I needed any proof that I am a novice at Greek politics this is it: the BBC is reporting that Tsipras would use his three days to capitalize on his position as the guy who is in a position to form a government. But the head of SYRIZA has, according to the Beeb, already given up – 24 hours in the spotlight was enough, I guess. Now if falls on the head of PASOK to try and form a government – he has three days, but based on what we've seen so far, we should hear that he has failed by the end of the day tomorrow.

Greece's Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras ends coalition bid – BBC

Later Update: This might explain why Tsipras is willing to admit defeat some soon. It's in Greek so I'll tell you: it says SYRIZA is now polling at 25 percent. If that is true, and if they could garner that much of the vote, they could come out on top and get the 50 seat bonus. If that is the case they could then form a government. As a coalition, SYRIZA might not be eligible for the bonus in a 2nd round, but I'm not sure about this.

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