Friday, December 19, 2008

The post I would have written if I had time re: Warren and Obama

Over at Huffington Post, Steven Waldman wrote, In Defense of Rick Warren, regarding the invocation prayer.

The whole thing is worth your 45 seconds to read, but the key passage is this one:

For Obama, picking Warren for the inauguration is a smart move. George W. Bush chose Franklin Graham, a hard-right evangelical to do his prayer. Instead of retaliating by choosing a liberal preacher, Obama opted for spiritual bipartisanship. The move helps to depoliticize prayer -- which, of course, is very politically shrewd.

That is what change looks like. If progressives thought change was simply putting our guy in their guy's place, they are sorely mistaken. That's simply same body, different face.