Barack Obama is getting less left with each passing day.
You liberals thought the 77 days from election to inauguration would be a joyful procession to the mantle of power, each day filled with events, symbolic or otherwise, pointing toward release and liberation from the dark years of George W.
It hasn't happened. As you stand there, open-mouthed, aghast at some of your standard-bearer's appointments, conservatives across the board have praised them. John McCain "applauds" the President-elect. The Weekly Standard sees him continuing "the course set by Bush..." Well shit, how much worse can it get?
A lot worse. This much worse.
See that guy next to him? That's Rick Warren, pastor of the hugest fundie megachurch in Orange County, California. He is rich and he is famous. How famous is he? He's so famous Oprah recommended his book. How rich is he? His book has sold 20 million copies.
He is against abortion. He is against homosexual marriage. And he is going to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration.
The point is, Barack could have asked almost any clergyman and almost any clergyman would have said yes. It's a signal honor to deliver the invocation at the inauguration. You get to pray for the country on live television before a world audience in hi-def.
But he asked Rick Warren.
What does it mean for Californians?
For starters, it means all the sore losers out there can't count on the White House for help in getting Prop 8 overturned. Looks like it's here to stay.
Somewhere, right now, a million Mormons are laughing their asses off.