Allahpundit, responding to Mary Katherine Ham’s pleased surprise that Slate actually would admit that Barack Obama had said pretty much the same thing about Bible literalism that Marco Rubio did, and that liberals shouldn’t criticize the latter without criticizing the former:
So yeah, this is a rare case where I’m right in line with mainstream left-wing opinion. I think [Obama's] lying his ass off because he doesn’t want the political headaches that would come with professing his real feelings about certain core religious/cultural sensitivities. If he declared tomorrow that he thinks the Earth is 10,000 years old and that cavemen rode Triceratops to work, the media class would giggle, slap him on the back, and say, “That’ll really help Hillary in western Pennsylvania in 2016.”
This is… true; but fortunately the Left can’t quite get away with publicly admitting that they assume that their politicians have no moral fiber whatsoever. Thus, providing this kind of counter-example still remains useful, if only because it forces – what’s the technical term? Ah, yes: “pretentious gits” – to shut up until they can work out a suitable sleazy rationalization for why it doesn’t matter.
This can take some time for them.