If so many of my fellow lefties think it’s the beginning of the end for Rick Warren to speak at the inauguration, just wait till they find out or are reminded that Senator Al Franken considers G. Gordon Liddy a friend and calls him ‘G’.
Add Air America Radio’s ‘Lionel’ (Michael LeBron) to the list of radio guys who are okay with the Warren choice. He thinks it was a brilliant choice, and I think he’s right. (I’m listening to the re-broadcast. I get the podcast, too; maybe I’ll switch to that.)
On the Stephanie Miller show, people are expressing that they feel, on account of his Rick Warren choice, as if they were lied to by Obama.
You have got to be kidding me. Obama speaks in plain enough English, and all along he has said he would do things like pick Rick Warren for an invocation. There is value in his actually doing so, if only because a few of my fellow lefties may notice the beams in their own eyes, as well as take refresher courses in English language.
I am very harsh when speaking of what I call ‘Bushism’, because there we are talking about mass murder and creeping authoritarianism, but Rick Warren is neither a mass murderer nor Adolf Hitler’s bedwetting acolyte, and his speaking a few words is not beginning of the end.
Randi Rhodes’s jealousy of Al Franken was on display again today, so I turned her show off.
Also, on Hartmann, Bernie Sanders again used having raised the minimum wage as an excuse for Congressional lawlessness and non-prosecution of mass murder. Bernie Sanders makes me want to puke up my spleen, sometimes. He doesn’t even sound as if he cares about prosecuting criminals, and I think that’s because he doesn’t; I think that to him raising the minimum wage really is so much more important than ‘side issues’ such as lawlessness, torture, murder. If I hear him one more time say ‘good-paying jobs’ or ‘at the pump’ I think I’ll tear my remaining hairs out and mail them to him.
I noticed over at Digby that some people are starting to think that Barack Obama is trying to get them tolerant of Rick Warren, more than the other way around.
I have news for them: we all have no choice but to tolerate Rick Warren. We cannot deport him, we cannot ban his books. We cannot move away and break contact with him, as we can do with our relatives when we do not want to tolerate them.
We have no choice but to tolerate Rick Warren—no choice whatsoever, without becoming hitlerian monsters who put people to death because they bother us.
The question, then, is whether we are going to have control of our own reactions, or continue giving that control to the Rick Warrens among our brothers and sisters. It is disconcerting how the mere scheduling of this man to speak a few words at the inauguration of his friend, Barack Obama, can send adrenaline roaring through so many blood vessels. This is the Reverend Wright episode all over again, but coming from the other direction.