I noticed two fairly jarring signs today while scanning the blogs and news sites. You can now read the tea leaves. The socially conservative website Townhall.com ran this: Split in Conservative Bloggers on Gay Marriage: Equal numbers of conservative bloggers support and oppose gay marriage, according to a National Journal survey poll released today. full story (just the fact that Townhall would post this is tell-tale) Also, on the ABC News site there was this item: McCain Guru to GOP: Back Gay Marriage : ABC News' Teddy Davis reports: Former top McCain adviser Steve Schmidt is planning to use a Friday speech to the Log Cabin Republicans to urge the GOP to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage. "I'm confident American public opinion will continue to move on the question toward majority support, and sooner or later the Republican Party will catch up to it," Schmidt plans to say according to excerpts provided to ABC News. Schmidt's push for Republicans to endorse same-sex marriage comes as his party is grappling with a string of gay rights victories in Iowa, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. -------------------- This is a harbinger of things to come. The tide is shifting now. Just as a few years ago, the GOP was finally, reluctantly, shifting on "gay rights" in general (the U.S. Supreme Court, "Lawrence v. Texas", 2003, finally decriminalized gay sex by a 6-3 vote -- which broke down opposition), republicans are now beginning to give up the fight for marriage as defined only as between "one man and one woman". Fine. Don't sing Kumbaya yet, but you can hear, my friends, the answer blowin' in the wind.