Chuck Todd: Is Focus On Gay Marriage, Abortion "A Sign The Economy Is Coming Back?"


CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS: You know, Peggy, what's been interesting about this week is all of the big polarizing issues of the last two generations culturally all popped up in one week, and one of it had to do with the Supreme Court with gay marriage, with abortion.

This culture wars, normally when it comes back, it's something that's helpful to Republicans. Is it good this time for the conservative movement to have these issues out there?

PEGGY NOONAN, WALL STREET JOURNAL: I don't know. Yeah, I think, all of these cultural issues, as I guess- we call them, have been major issues in America for almost half a century, really. The abortion argument was going on 50 years ago, Roe came 40 years ago. It is hard to resolve these issues because they're not just cultural issues. They are moral issues and Americans feel differently about them. So I think one way or another, they'll probably be bubbling out there for a long time and it's not the worst thing.

CHUCK TODD: So maybe a resolution in the law, but not in the way people feel. But is it also a sign the economy is coming back, Gene?

EUGENE ROBINSON, WASHINGTON POST: Well, it usually is, isn't it, when people can think about other things, other than jobs. But, you know, I think some of these cultural issues are being resolved. I mean, we -- you know, gay marriage before the Supreme Court, obviously a hot-button issue.

But you look at the polls, and you see 58% in our poll, Washington Post poll, in favor of it, 80% of adults under 30. That sounds like a decision rather than a question on that issue. (Meet the Press, March 31, 2013)

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