…But Don’t Worry, Some Of His Best Friends Are Gay People.

2 comments December 17th, 2008at 10:37pm Posted by Eli

Apparently it’s not enough to appoint official and unofficial Republicans to his cabinet and staff, now Obama has to choose James-Dobson-with-a-smiley-face to give the invocation at his inaugural.  Aravosis has a great rundown of all Warren’s zealoutry and bigotry – this here is my favorite:

Lamenting the “tyranny of activist judges,” who obstruct the will of the majority, he evinces no understanding of minority rights or the judiciary’s role in enforcing them. Explaining his views about homosexuality and gay rights, he notes, “I don’t think that homosexuality is the worst sin,” and, “By the way, my wife and I had dinner at a gay couple’s home two weeks ago. So I’m not [a] homophobic guy, okay?”

Yes, that’s right: He really did play the some-of-my-best-friends-are-gay card (um, the gay couple was home at the time, right?).  Well done, Rick.

And Obama has just validated this wanker by giving him a national platform, so Warren will have extra credibility when he inevitably speaks out against progressive initiatives like abortion rights and gay marriage.  My only question is whether he’ll make it worse by speaking out against them at the inaugural.

If Warren sticks to “May God bless America and Obama and give him the strength and wisdom to get us out of this ditch,” then I suppose it can be spun as a call for the religious right to rally behind the president in these trying times (good luck with that), but if he starts spouting right-wing culture war talking points, then Obama will have managed to get himself punk’d on his very first day, which is not auspicious.  The only possible silver lining would be if Warren overreaches and discredits himself, but if history is any indication, the only way he could damage his credibility would be to have sex with a guy right up there on stage… and even that might not be enough.

Entry Filed under: Obama,Religion,Teh Gay


  • 1. Spear and Magic  |  December 17th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    > Obama will have managed to get himself punk’d on
    > his very first day, which is not auspicious.

    Well, as someone who backed Obama starting February ’07 in part because I thought it was the best shot at keeping Hilary Clinton’s hands of off foreign policy, let me just say that I’ll welcome a lil’ bit of punk’n back at him.

    And the choice of Roy LaHood (a local I know and detest) for Transportation is yet another slap in my face.

    I should say that I never thought Obama was going to be a genuine progressive. I just didn’t think his cabinet choices would be quite *this* unbalanced.

  • 2. Eli  |  December 17th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    I don’t mind Obama getting punk’d, just not in a way that totally undermines progressives. Or involves Christopher Walken with a tire iron.

    Yeah, I never thought Obama *or* Hillary would be progressive, but Obama’s political team was less repulsive.

    LaHood and Hillary in the same cabinet meetings should be… awkward.

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