Our good friend Pam Spaulding of Pandagon is displeased that our next president has invited Rick Warren, the pastor of the Saddleback Church, to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama’s inaugural. Miss Spaulding reproduced the Obama team’s “talking points,” and held tyhem up to derision, saying:
Personally, I think writing is a good idea to let the Obama team know how we feel, but ultimately I don’t think it’s going to reverse this, given the above ridiculous self-soothing talking points.
Pam then quoted a bunch of things she didn’t like from Free Republic commenters, to which I replied:
Reading the Free Republic quotes you copied, I wonder just how you disagree with these:
Since his election to the position of President Elect, Obama has shown increasingly that he may be (emphasis on “may be”) a pure old fashioned opportunist. He has betrayed the hard-core left most of all. Does that mean that conservatives can still hope? I dunno.
obama is actually pissing the left off more than the right
Obama shouldn’t have bothered trying to appease conservative evangelicals. It won’t work for the same reason compassionate conservatism (ie: liberal appeasement) didn’t work. Meanwhile, he’s pissed off a valuable constituency. I’m sure he has the same thought Jorge had, “where else are they gonna go?” but they might stay home next election. See where that got the Republican party?
By the way, they knew Obama’s stance on gay marriage didn’t they?
Mr Obama has pretty much done exactly what he told you he was going to do. He didn’t support same-sex marriage, he likes Mr Warren, and he’s at least trying to broaden his appeal, just like he told you.
I didn’t believe a lot of what Mr Obama said he’d do during the campaign. Sometimes I wonder if you didn’t believe him either, thinkingt that he really thought just like you (plural) did, and was just saying things designed to appeal to moderates who might otherwise vote for John McCain if he expressed leftist views. Now that he’s at least starting out trying to do what he said he’d do, you can’t complain about that. ¹
Good Lord, I’m defending Barack Hussein Obama! What has this world come to?
Senator Obama made his views clear during the campaign: he supported some form of civil unions, but opposed same-sex marriage. He said that he didn’t like the federal Defense of Marriage Act, but that’s kind of meaningless: it’s a federal law, and it would require the Congress to change it. Given that the advocates of same-sex marriage couldn’t win even in California — Proposition 8, the overturning of same-sex marriage passed 52% to 48% at the same time that Mr Obama carried the state 61% to 38% — just how many congressmen and senators, even Democrats, representing states like Idaho and Iowa and Virginia and Pam’s home state of North Carolina are they going to round up for a repeal of DoMA.
Other than that, the regulation of marriage is an issue for the states, not the federal government; Mr Obama simply has no real role in the debate.
¹ – One of my pet peeves is that Mr Obama still has his tax cut promise up on his website. I think that he’s lying through his scummy teeth on that one, and have said so many times before, but he hasn’t actually broken that promise yet.