Bush and Civil Unions

Imagine the media shitstorm that would have ensued had this been John Kerry.
President Bush said in an interview this past weekend that he disagreed with the Republican Party platform opposing civil unions of same-sex couples and that the matter should be left up to the states. Mr. Bush has previously said that states should be permitted to allow same-sex unions, even though White House officials have said he would not have endorsed such unions as governor of Texas. But Mr. Bush has never before made a point of so publicly disagreeing with his party's official position on the issue. In an interview on Sunday with Charles Gibson, an anchor of "Good Morning America" on ABC, Mr. Bush said, "I don't think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so." ABC, which broadcast part of the interview on Monday, is to broadcast the part about civil unions on Tuesday.
Things must be really desperate for the Bush campaign if Bush has to declare a week out from the election that he now supports civil unions. Rove and company always knew that an attempt to create a Constitutional amendment barring gay marriage was going to turn-off a lot of swing voters. The only reason they went along with it was that they figured it would shore up Bush's base (i.e. The Bigot Vote). The fact that Bush is now lurching towards the center on this issue this late in the ballgame tells me that they must think he is in big trouble. In other words, his base is not going to be enough to cover the likely surge in Kerry votes coming from undecides and new voters. Bush's nuance/flip-flop/pander could also have unintended consequences, in that it might deflate the Bigot Vote. Either way, me thinks it is too little, too late. update: I see Sullivan is already pointing out these unintended consequences.