would be a great choice... I'm hoping. Partly I don't want Gillibrand's district to be vulnerable to Repubs again. Kirsten just won big, and it would be good to have her serve a couple terms. She's a good fit too, as the district requires its Dems to be centrist, and she is
I hope you're right. My fear is that Obama is walking the line where the queasy-about-Gay stand, and that he has calculated the controversy will earn him points on the right, come to nothing in the queasy-ish middle and lose him points on the far gay left, but we don't amount to much, and where else are we going to go, anyway?
That's the cynical argument about this choice. He may be calculating that even progressives who are basically THERE on gay rights, are going to forward the "it's not that meaningful a choice" argument. Which, sadly, is turning out to be correct as evidenced by This Very Diary and thread.
Thank you Todd. Warren has a long list of fundy views that make him the wrong pastor for Obama to confer this honor upon -- got that everyone? Obama has conferred a signal honor by putting Warren in this particular spotlight -- and now this choice little tidbit from the Saddleback Terms of Fitness For Attendance at Their Inclusive and Welcoming Church.
Us homos need not ask to ride this particular bus.
that's silly... the point is, what is getting into the minds of the public consciousness NOW, and more importantly, into particular constituencies? The message will live beyond the memory of Rick Warren, Gay Hater, Evolution-Denier, Anti-Choice, and Proponent of Assassination. You know very well what that message is. And it's a BAD one for LGBT folks (not to mention those other things).
Plus, in his world, Jews are a goin' to hell, along with most of us here, I suppose.