So Rick Warren's been chosen to give the invocation at Obama's inauguration. Anybody else super-excited to see a rabidly pro-life, anti-choice, anti-gay evangelical cleric blessing Obama and the nation? Fine, so he cares about poverty and children in Africa. You don't have to turn over too many steeples to uncover exciting, progressive clergymen and -women who feel the same way about those issues, and who recognize that legislating things like pregnancy and partnership are never good.
This story and this effort all started, for me, back when
Hillary Clinton's name was being bandied about as a prospect to become the next
secretary of state, even before she was officially selected. I had been
thrilled - and not a little relieved - when Obama
won, and I had eagerly awaited the unveiling of the team of cabinet officers
and other key executive-branch staffers who would move quickly to Change this
country, which has been going in the wrong direction for far too long.