MOVE 2008: Obama, McCain ‘Back in the Saddle’

Posted: July 22, 2008 in Above the Fold, Follow up, Networking, Politics
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If only for a moment, according to this story from the New York Times.

This is a story about the two presumptive candidates showing up at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, home to a ba-jillion members, for a staged ‘grip n’ grin’ and then each gets a separate one-hour softball Q&A.

You know, I read this and thought about a futuristic cheeseball movie of Jean Claude Van-Damme’s called “Timecop“.

Ever see this one? The moral of the flick is the same matter can’t occupy the same space. Evidently, they have seen this movie as well, because you can’t pay them to be in the same room together… until now.

And to think, all this time, all it took was a phone call:

“I just got to thinking, you know what? These guys have never been together on the same stage, it would be a neat way to cap the primary season before they both go to the conventions and things go dark for a couple of weeks,” he [Warren] said. “I’ve known both the guys for a long time, they’re both friends of mine, and I knew them before they ran for office, so I just called them up.”

Nice. Dobson couldn’t do it. National talk shows wouldn’t do it. And Rick Warren pulls out his ace to get the candidates off of theirs. But with an invitation like this, who could resist:

Promising to avoid “‘gotcha’ questions that typically produce heat instead of light,” Warren said he would focus on how the candidates’ make their leadership decisions rather than having them staking out their political positions, his press release states.

Even though the photo-op is staged and the questions will be that of a dating questionnaire, at least it’s something for the Church. MEMO to the sanctified soldiers looking for marching orders to the polls: Retreat! There’s no way you will get a clear, “THAT’S who God wants me to vote for” out of this one-off sit down. Both will have polished talking points that paints each as a choir-singin’, bible-totin’, God-lovin’ dude.

So how do you tell them apart? In the words of that scholarly public servant Joe Friday, “Just the FACTS, ma’am.” Do your research people. It’ll come to you.


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Comments
  1. Leadrunner says:

    Natasha’s remark intrigues me. First, why did it have to be negative? I would rather have a leader that believes in something rather that everything. How does one focus when they are looking at everything? There should be a litmus test for something. Right now it appears to be “appeasement for everyone.”

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  3. hiscrivener says:

    Yeppers. And I for one thinks that’s too bad. No, it won’t have anything to do with their skils at the button, but it sure would make me sleep better knowing the man at the wheel could pass one of those tests.

    Hmmm, I wonder if both candidates could go on “The Moment of Truth”. Natasha, I think you may be on to something. 🙂

  4. Natasha says:

    The constitution forbids a religious litmus test for office.

  5. augustosandino says:

    Facts are important.
    So is faith.
    I’ve heard both candidates speak on t.v., but I’d like to hear with my own ears since I’ve got them. I’ve done quite a bit a research, too. We reason with facts, but even so we walk by faith. Somewhere in between the two, if we pray, comes discernment.

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