If you love (or hate) American politics, this was a weekend to remember.
First, there was the spectacle on Friday. As one of this blog’s readers informed me, Senator McCain tried to put his fear and character attacking jenie back in the bottle by defending Senator Obama not once, but twice. Though he was on the receiving end of startling and angry responses from his minions, John McCain actually went on the record calling Obama a “decent” American (I know: I had to do a double take myself). Governor Palin was given the same memo; considering how her rhetoric has shifted from Obama’s “pallin’ around with terrorists” to his stance on abortion. That kind of shift in attack strategy could only come from fear of being complicit in the ideas and acts of McCain’s looniest supporters.
The McCain camp must be reading our blogs (especially for Gov. Palin, who reads an infinite number of newspapers, magazines and other media).
One person who apparently didn’t read this blog was Rev. Arnold Conrad; former pastor of the Evangelical Free Church. At a rally in Davenport, Iowa, the good rev opened up the rally with a pretty stirring prayer. Included in the prayer was the following:
I would also pray Lord that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their God — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his [McCain’s] opponent wins for a variety of reasons.
And Lord I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you would step forward and honor your own name in all that happens between now and Election Day.
Oh Lord, we just commit this time to you, move among us, make your presence very well felt as we are gathered here today in Jesus’s name I pray.
Update: A video of the prayer has been released. The wonders of YouTube:
As I’ve stated numerous times on my blog, I don’t fault anybody for how they believe. In fact, I have yet to reconcile with the thought that there is only one truth faith; even though I was born and raised as a Christian. That said, it is unnerving to me to hear somebody declare to the world that “my dad can kick your made up dad’s butt; even when I really haven’t seen my dad either…” Or worse yet, it’s also problematic for a so-called “man of God” to insinuate that a vote for Obama is a vote against God. But what makes this guy a prime candidate for the looney bin is his subtle and arousing suggestion that Sen. Obama is a Muslim (as if that should even matter).
In another interesting turn of events, a heated exchage between the McCain camp and Civil Rights activist and Georgia Representative John Lewis also ensued this weekend. Lewis essentially issued a statement comparing McCain and Palin’s acts to those of segregationalist George Wallace. After some much expected opposition from the McCain camp, he later offered clarification.
To round out this weekend in politics (but in an unrelated story), a non-partisan committee concluded that Gov. Palin abused her executive powers in Troopergate; a scandal where Palin allegedly used public resources in attempting to fire her ex brother-in-law. Of course, she is denying the charges. On the one hand; having a couple of questionable ex brother-in-laws myself, I can sympathize with Palin. Similarly, in a perfect world, the lives of politicians and their families should be off limits. But just as in the case of young Bristol getting pregnant, the Troopergate findings makes it hard to separate politics and personal lives as both cases point out the ultimate in hypocrisy. While Gov. Palin has been traveling around the country rousing people with her talk about ethics reform, family, and middle class values, she is involved in a firing laced with vendetta. This spiteful, vengeful person stands to be the next VP. For real.
That’s it for now. Time to see what the next few weeks will produce before the election. We’re almost there!