- is a needless distraction from the pressing business of turning the economy around and creating jobs. Never mind that the first thing the new Republican house majority accomplished was to introduce and approve socially conservative legislation, or that the only thing they've proposed to do about jobs is to eliminate them;
- along the same lines, the announcement polarizes the country at a time when we should be acting as one. Never mind that the Defense of Marriage Act polarized by design or that, since Obama's election, every public act and utterance by conservatives has been deliberately divisive;
- a cynical political ploy by a cynical president who doesn't care any more about gay rights than...than...well, we do. Never mind that securing a political advantage by supporting gay rights is an impossibility if, as conservatives insist, they represent majority sentiment;
- is an arrogant power grab, that unilaterally declaring the act unconstitutional only shows Obama's contempt for the Constitution. Never mind that Obama declared no such thing: The announcement is in response to an opinion issued by Attorney General Eric Holder that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Once an AG -- the executive branch makes such an unambiguous statement, the POTUS had better have a good reason not to follow through;
Once again, these people show that they don't like government except when they like it. When they do, any effort to contravene them is by definition an arrogant, unconstitutional power grab. To be fair, they know more than a little about arrogant, unconstitutional power grabs.