This election season I’ve been struck by the fading force of gay marriage as a political rallying cry. WaPo reports today that the gay marriage ban is losing out badly in the polls even as its proponents have raised more money than the other side. John McCain got his “from conception” licks in at Saddleback, but Pastor Rick had nary a word to say on the value issue of the moment facing Golden State voters. Here’s the Palin campaign dodging the issue. I don’t say the religious right has folded their tent on this one, but man, it seems like they’ve recognized that, for the American public at large, it’s rapidly turning into a loser. Since Massachusetts, Chicken Little, the sky has not fallen, and everyone knows it. What a difference four years makes.