by Nathan Empsall, Sun Apr 20, 2008 at 05:24:41 PM EDT
There's been some talk of this ad, which launched three weeks ago, but decidedly much less buzz than I might have expected. I hadn't actually heard of it before seeing it on TV, and a week later I'm still scraping my jaw up off the floor: Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson, together, in an ad for... wecansolveit.org, a project of Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection. As someone politically and theologically predisposed to both environmentalism and reconciliation, I am in ecstasy. Don't get me wrong, I think Robertson is as crazy as anyone - he practically called folks like me the Antichrist - but every little bit helps.
Perhaps it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise. Robertson does, after all, support the distribution of condoms in Africa to prevent AIDS. This one-two punch of condoms and climate change suggests that perhaps the man only lacks sanity, not common sense. It may also be that he is trying to retain some small shred of credibility among his former flock, as the evangelicals in the pews broaden their focus to include climate change, AIDS, and similar issues (see: Rick Warren, Mike Huckabee, Jim Wallis, Pope Benedict). That might also explain the Rudy endorsement.
Update 10:27 pm Thanks to Student Guy and lizardbox for pointing out a similar Gore ad from Pelosi and Gingrich. I like the first one better, but both are cause for hope and celebration.
On another note, this is the first post I have made on MyDD in quite some time. While I do regret my absence (though harbor no illusions that anyone else has noticed), it is likely to continue for a little while more. I have started a new job in DC that prohibits monitoring blogs at work, and am quite busy after hours with various research, funding, and job applications. What's more, I am not allowed to identify myself online as working for this employer until the job ends in late May. Given the nature of this employment, that creates the potential for a conflict of interest while blogging on overtly political topics. I will wait for the job to end before resuming my activism here at MyDD. In the meantime, I am posting a little on my own blog, including a recent piece entitled "Bourbon, Pizza, and James Carville," if you see fit to stop by.