To borrow Mary Katharine Ham's phrase: On Like Donkey Kong.
At present I've been quoted in some 273 Google News listings on the Obama/Warren issue.
One of the more prominent ones is Time Magazine:
Conservative talk radio host Kevin McCullough wrote on his blog, "Why would Warren marry the moral equivalency of his pulpit — a sacred piece of honor in evangelical traditions — to the inhumane, sick and sinister evil that Obama has worked for as a legislator?"
At least they got my quote right. Then the writer goes on to imply that disagreeing with Warren's decision to have the most radically pro-abortion, and pro-gay Senator on his stage somehow makes us "losers."
If those critics want to hang on a little longer... or for that matter, if they want to prove Kuo wrong both in his assessment and his prediction... or if they'd simply like to live up to the full meaning of their pro-life commitment, they might consider letting Warren host Obama in peace. Otherwise, more broad-minded Christians may eventually demand a different kind of leadership.
I choose to disagree.
In addition, I've fielded phone call interviews over the past 24 hours from CNN (yesterday and today), ABC Nightly News, And radio talk shows from across the nation. Via e-mail I've been alerted to quotes attributed to me also appearing in the Los Angeles Times.
Let me go on record here... I didn't ask for any of this. I simply wished to be a voice of encouragement to help Rick Warren understand the Diabolical character of the man he welcomed to his stage today. And for what it's worth I was exactly correct in predicting what would be the outcome.
As evidenced in the TIME magazine piece, Obama is now being heralded as a " very smart Christian believer." Obama will use this celebrated, albeit false credential from now until 2008.
The invitation works perfectly for Obama. Through his autobiography The Audacity of Hope and his public statements, the Senator had already positioned himself as one of the rare potential Democratic Presidential candidates who can truly talk the Christian talk. Today's speech can only reinforce that impression. Says Collin Hansen, an associate editor at the Evangelical monthly Christianity Today, " I think the Senator's political team, or whoever's making the decision, was smart to associate him with Warren. It suggests that there are Evangelical moderates that they can work with, or reach, or maybe even attract their votes."
In fact in my opinion, Rick Warren may very well have just given Barack Obama the 2008 presidency. Because with the new "Rick Warren/Saddleback Church stamp of approval" and being quoted as so by the likes of Time Magazine, the press will be willing to play up this angle to faith-based voters...
I couldn't have been more right. And if you wake up in November of 2008 and see the headline, "Faith-Based Obama In A Landslide," you can thank "Pastor Rick."