Howard Fineman Appears On MSNBC's 'Hardball' To Discuss DOMA (VIDEO)

03/04/2011 07:11 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Howard Fineman appeared Friday on MSNBC's 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' along with R. Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans. They both discussed President Obama's recent decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. Also at issue was Speaker of the House John Boehner's announcement that he planned to have the House argue for the law's constitutionality.

Fineman explained, "when this decision by the President not to fight for the law came out a couple days ago, there was thundering silence from the Republican leadership, I think it's fair to say." Expanding on his observation, Fineman said, "it's clear to me that the Republican leadership would rather stay away from this thing altogether because they do want to focus on other things."

When Matthews brought up the issue of public support for DOMA and same-sex marriage, Fineman stated, "the polls show that among independent voters it's a closely divided issue."