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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Get a Clue, Mister President-Elect

It does seem that nearly everything that the incoming Obama Administration does is designed to piss off the people who supported him from the start. The selection of an anti-choice gay-bashing pastor to give the invocation at Obama's inauguration is another sign of that.

Here is a free piece of advice to the Omamanites: Keep this sort of shit up and the time will come when the activists from the party of Hoover go after Obama and then, when he needs us to defend him, we will stand aside with our hands clasped behind our backs.

Just like a lot of us did when Clinton got into trouble.

8 comments:

Karen Zipdrive said...

I'm no fan of Obama's pick for reverend but I have bigger things to worry about in my own life. Obama will never perfectly dovetail my values, but unlike these neophyte, pie in the sky progressives, I have realistic expectations of him and his choices.

Distributorcap said...

you guys both make sense. i never believed anything other than obama was just another politician - only he was zillions of times better and more competent than bush

as long as the media and people demand this religious devotion from politician - we are sunk

Comrade Misfit said...

Karen, there has to be a middle ground between giving the back of the hand to the base of the Democratic party, as Clinton did, and obsessively pandering to the base, as Bush has done.

Part of the problem may be that Obama has not had to fight for re-election; he was a state senator from a safe seat and he never got to the point of running for a second US Senate term. He may really believe, or his people may believe, that once they crossed the finish line on Nov. 4th., that they don't need the Democratic base any more.

I am not taking the selection of Warren as a betrayal. But I am taking it as a harbinger that when it comes to governing, Obama may be pretty much deaf to the concerns of progressives.

Time will tell.

Yogi said...

While I agree that Warren is a very poor choice, I also have to ask why inclusiveness only seems to include those we agree with.

This is an INVOCATION, not a cabinet position. Probably designed to reduce the howling of the far-right. I don't agree with it, but it's not the same as appointing Karl Rove as Press Sec.

Anonymous said...

Obama defends his choice by calling again to our attention, his commitment to unify. He points out this this guy invited him to speak at his church knowing about his position on abortion and support of gays. It is readily apparent to me that we aren't going to change the minds of homophobes by attacking them. Yeah, their ideas are awful. We CAN'T convert them by attacking them.....What does it cost to try a different approach? What Obama is regarding gays is relatively well understood, at least the words. Now, we get to see if he walks the walk as well as he talks the talk. If he does, that is all that matters, not this invitation.

Comrade Misfit said...

Where is the dividing line between "unifying the country" and "selling out your supporters?"

Yogi said...

My 2 cents:

Had Obama appointed Warren or his functional equivalent to a cabinet post or inside WH job, I would be screaming for BO's head on a pike. If he were to support an anti-gay for a key Senate seat, or house equivalent, ditto.

This is for show.

Karen Zipdrive said...

It's a two minute prayer.
I'm not that religious anyway, so I don't care who does it because I just see it as a chance to get up, grab a snack and go pee.
Much ado about nothing, unless people think a brief invocation is some kind of big, broken promise. Puleeze.
Outside of Billy Graham, can anyone even name a past inauguration pastor?
I didn't think so.

I rest my case.