At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, Rand Paul segued into a conversation about gay marriage with a little bit of comedy. "Call me cynical," he began, "but I wasn't sure [Obama's] views on marriage could get any gayer." Room erupted with laughter.
I don't get it. I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to be delighted or offended, but I'm mostly just scratching my head.
If Rand Paul is using "gayer" in the pejorative sense — "that's so gay" and the like — he's saying he didn't think Obama's views on marriage could get any worse. But that would suggest there was something wrong with them before, and prior to his statement, Obama hadn't expressed support for marriage equality.
By the same token, if Paul means "gayer" literally, he's saying he thought Obama's views on marriage were already pretty fruity. Paul didn't think they "could get any gayer." Try as I might, I can't figure out what was homosexual about Obama's refusal to endorse marriage equality.
I just really hate not getting the joke. The humor in Paul's subsequent statements, including "And I'm like, what version of the Bible is he reading?" and "We've got 6,000 years of tradition" — that, I get. Very funny.
But the "call me cynical" joke, Rand Paul. Pretty gay.