For a good ten minutes, I puzzled over why President-elect Barack Obama would select an anti-gay conservative preacher, Rick Warren, to give his invocation speech. Several reasons occurred to me.
Perhaps Obama wanted to distance himself from Bill Clinton, who began his presidency on a pro-gay note by loosening restrictions on gays in the military. That didn't turn out well for
As awful as these possibilities are, I soon realized that there was a more logical explanation: Obama, Warren, and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich must have crafted a three-way deal! It's simple, really:
(1) Blago has obviously promised Obama that he'll appoint whoever Obama wants as Senator, if there's anyone left who will accept an appointment from the tainted Governor...
(2) Obama, in turn, selected
(3) ... and
This is a smart strategy. It's sophisticated and elegant, and it sure keeps everyone off balance, liberals and conservatives alike. No elementary quid pro quo for this Administration. Instead, welcome to the era of quid pro quo pro quid. Now that's change we can believe in.