John McCain went on Ellen DeGeneres’ TV show today, and she brought up what she called “the elephant in the room.” Following the California Supreme Court’s ruling this week, she plans to get married this summer. McCain tried to navigate a polite way of saying he doesn’t believe in same-sex marriages. He closed by saying he wished her happiness. Brief pause, then she asked if that meant he’d be willing to walk her down the aisle.
Comic break and the conversation seemed to end on a relatively relaxed note.
I confess, I saw clips, not the whole appearance, live. But in an age when stand-up comedians and TV talk-show hosts have become important brokers in the national political process, I thought it was a classy gesture on DeGeneres’ part. The audience was clearly on her side and she could have made him sweat, but she gave him a friendly out.
Just an observation.