Not that it’s likely to make a difference, but has anyone asked the Clinton campaign for a reaction to New York Gov. David Paterson’s order that state agencies recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state? Earlier in the campaign, this would have been a subject of considerable media interest, especially after Hillary’s flip-flop on supporting then-Gov. Spitzer’s proposal to allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. Paterson did not endear himself to the Clintonistas by describing Hillary as showing “desperation” in her campaign, and this latest act can hardly have been considered good news. As for Barack Obama, he will sooner or later be called upon to pronounce on the subject. Sure, he (like Clinton) have assumed the approved Democratic position of favoring civil unions but not anything more. Then there’s the John McCain “states rights” dodge. You’ve got to figure that the issue has traction in the campaign, but maybe more at the state and local level.