Update to the July 7 article re: fundies response to Obama

Predictably, all the genuflecting

Barack Obama dusted off a Ronald Reagan line from the past at his recent meeting with religious leaders in Chicago. In a 1980 convention of Evangelical Ministers Reagan once famously said, “I know you can’t endorse me, but I endorse you.”

to the fundies brought Obama bubkus

Mr. Obama has tried to have his cake and eat it too when it comes to faith in this election. He has touted his spiritual journey, most recently in the current issue of Newsweek, but has then said that he didn’t go to church often enough to hear his pastor’s outrageous sermons. He has accused the right of politicizing religion but has acknowledged in his memoirs that he picked his church based on his “community organizing” goals. And now he says that he won’t pick a new church until after the election. Most sincerely religious people would find this odd, to say the least.

Mr. Obama’s 100% approval rating from Naral, the abortion-rights organization, his support of the California Supreme Court’s gay-marriage decision and his desire to pull out of Iraq no matter the cost to American security may tell religious people — especially evangelicals — all they need to know.


In the lipstick on a pig tradition of SD’s endorsements in the primary every time B0 lost, Planned Parenthood finds the right time to make their endorsement

This is a historic moment for our organization — it is only the
second time in our long history that we have endorsed a
candidate for president.

Well, I shudder to ask which was the other one – another glaring betrayal we won’t forget.

PP, you’re to me

Kate Michelman lets us know of new betrayals on the way:

Sojourners founder Jim Wallis, have suggested that the party may need to take another crack at tempering its strong platform support for abortion rights by making “abortion reduction … a central Democratic Party plank in this election.” In a recent interview with ABC News, Wallis said he planned to talk to his “good friend” Barack Obama about an abortion reduction plank, and said he had discussed the idea with party chairman Howard Dean and had the support of at least one member of the Platform Committee, the Rev. Tony Campolo. “Abortion reduction should be a central Democratic Party plank in this election,” Wallis told ABC News. “I’ll just say that flat out.”

Hey, what about that ace in the hole?

Updating this with this Confluence entry containing numerous embarrassing WORMs

Obama had attempted to “clarify his remarks” by telling reporters on his campaign plane that

mental health exceptions…can be “rigorously” limited to only those women with “serious clinical mental health diseases.” He said mental health exceptions are not intended permit abortions when a woman simply “doesn’t feel good.”

“It is not just a matter of feeling blue,” Obama said.

WTF?!! Is he serious? Could he be any more patronizing? Yes, Barack, we know. Women “periodically when they’re down…

And from Marie Cocco

But I do wonder why a candidate praised for his rhetorical gifts talks about women in the way that he does. During the primary campaign, he said Hillary Clinton launched political attacks on him “periodically, when she’s feeling down.” He called a Detroit reporter “sweetie” when she was trying to ask him about job creation. Now he has incorporated a myth created by the right — that women who seek late-term abortions should not be allowed to do so if they are “feeling blue” — into his own lexicon. And this is enough to make me see red.

Me too

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This fantastic article needs to be linked here: The Object and the Phallus:

We had a chance to elect someone both capable and responsible for that
job, enough of our people were ready, but our party leadership and
media power holders weren’t. So now we’ve got two guys running, Mr.
Phallus vs. Mr. Phallus, totally unprepared vs. maybe even worse than
totally unprepared, and this this is not the time to throw dice with our

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Where’s your “progressive” candidate now , ers?