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First, let me put it in perspective: I believe that the whole Warren bruhaha is a diversion meant to distract from Blago & other more serious goings on, with a hint of payback to it.

That being said, h/t to Pumapac Katha Pollitt writes in LA Times just about how many consituencies are thrown under the bus with this “agree to disagree”

Because gay activists raised the Prop 8 issues right away, the common wisdom was that this is a “gay thing”. Because NOW sold out its constituency this year, nobody paid attention to Warren’s views about women. I myself knew about his anti-choice stands, but I now find out that

He doesn’t just want to ban abortion, he’s compared women who terminate pregnancies to Nazis and the pro-choice position to Holocaust denial.

and also, beyond abortion

Or take marriage. At his Saddleback Church, wifely submission is official doctrine: The church website tells women to defer to their husband’s “leadership” even when he’s wrong on important issues, such as finances

which Pollitt leads to the ultimate conclusion:

Never mind if she’s an accountant and he flunked long division, or if she wants to beef up the kids’ college fund and he wants to buy shares in the Brooklyn Bridge. The godly answer is supposed to be “yes, dear.” Is elevating this male chauvinist how President-elect Obama thanks women, who gave him more than half his votes?

Well, Katha, the answer to this is: yes, he can. You women who preferred to iron his shirts to having the first woman president and then jumped of the “inexperience” of Governor Palin, justifying the one of the perpetual candidate Obama in “running his campaigns” are getting what you asked for.

Even now, in this article as the realization of betrayal is dawning, the focus is hardly on Obama but on Warren – who at least has been who he is and never pretended otherwise.

Warren didn’t put a spell on Obama.

Obama was always sexist and used misogyny in all his campaigns.

Warren is just one of those hard to ignore signs.

Aren’t you glad you undermined Hillary? (I know the Nation once acknowledged she was more progressive than Obama – re: Blackwater – then promptly endorsed Obama)

Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.

In fact, to use the way those infomercial mailings put it
“you might have already gotten it”

hey, don’t worry – he did make a speech in 2002! Now it’s on to those Bush war policies and the hope & change have yet to be seen

Obama wants Bush war team to stay

sRobert Gates sent his staff an e-mail

“I have received authorization from the president-elect’s transition team to extend a number of Department of Defense political appointees an invitation to voluntarily remain in their current positions until replaced,” Mr. Gates said in a Friday e-mail.

The effect of this is that

Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary, confirmed that Mr. Gates wants to retain temporarily most political appointees, saying nearly all of the service secretaries and undersecretaries will remain until Senate confirmation of their successors, which can take months.

and just in case one thinks this is somehow standard – we are talking political appointees which are only retained in defense for some strange reason, while

Other federal agencies, including state, justice and homeland security are not keeping political appointees.

Only the “war team”. Lovely.

So now this little bit of news makes even more sense

Rev. Pat Robertson: ‘I am remarkably pleased with Obama…he’s picked a middle-of-the-road Cabinet.’

It comes completely with denying Bush

After giving Bush a C- for his presidency, Robertson said he’s “remarkably pleased with Obama.”

Funniest thing at the link are the comments. From the lolcat

blogenfreude Says:

Do. Not. Want.

to a slightly more articulate, if obsessive

666lattes Says:

Let’s be real. He’s just pleased that Obama gave gays the middle-finger by inviting Warren to deliver the invocation.

and then the B0bot hanging onto the sacred words so as to not have his faith shaken:

motorfingaz Says:

Another right wing rat trying to prevent thier (sic) drowning down the drain of irrelevance in the ” Age Of Obama “.

Of course, we are not surprised.

Not Your Sweetie

December 2008