Thursday, December 18, 2008

Savvy

Barack Obama's choice of the Rev. Rick Warren to say the invocation at his inauguration infuriates the 10% on the far left who hate Mr. Warren for opposing gay marriage and the 10% on the far right who take it as evidence that the pastor is really a closet liberal. That leaves only 80% who think that the selection seems somewhere between nice and outstanding.

For a perceptive explanation of how this issue in a small way fits into Mr. Obama's overall political approach, see A.C. Kleinheider here.

Republicans, especially those wedded to the approach advocated by an array of talk radio hosts such as Sean Hannity and the execrable Mark Levin, this past year urged a sledgehammer campaign attempting to corner Mr. Obama as a left wing fanatic with questionable associations. Some conservatives think that Mr. Obama only won because Republicans did not do more of that sort of thing. The President elect is more liberal than one might wish, but he is too smart to be pigeon-holed in that way. If that is all that the Republicans have, chances are strong that we will eventually be speaking of the event held on January 20, 2009 as President Obama's "first inauguration."

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