Monday, March 24, 2008
Is this some sort of secret plot to make us more sympathetic to Hillary? Or are The Nation and CBS just carrying water for Obama?
I would have thought I had a fair tolerance for ugliness in politics, but truth be told, I guess I don't really. One reason of many that I left DC is that I found the whole snake pit atmosphere got old fast, and this from a guy who has long collected and admired reptiles. (I hope eventually to post some extremely cute pictures of our 4 year old playing with our corn snake, and I will get some of him and the rosy boa, if it ever shows up again.)
Even if we take it for granted that the sinisterly named group The Family, which sponsors The National Prayer Breakfast, which even I have heard of, does have some fishy associations, I think it is really grossly unfair to tar Hillary with the bad acts of every person who has ever sought spiritual support from that group. So there's a Bible study group she belonged to in the White House and another in the Senate, which is sponsored by The Family. So what. A Bible study group, as probably no one at the Nation knows, it not like a secret society. You sit around and discuss the Bible and pray some. No animals are sacrificed or blood oaths taken. No coded messages exchanged. Perhaps we can put this in terms the Nation might understand. Imagine there is a reading group that gets together to read Gramsci's Prison Notebooks and debate whether it is heretical or not. The shabby bookstore they meet in, several members of the group, and who knows what else, is probably one degree of separation or two from the Red Army Faction and the FARC. It's a small world. This doesn't mean everybody in the reading group is a Red, though granted, it's reason to pause for thought.
Similarly, reading the Bible with a group that has some tie with somebody who is a nutter, or closely tied to a nutter, means next to nothing. I'm somewhat relieved Hillary has some religious impulses. OTOH low church sorts can be very dangerous -- just ask all those Catholics racked by Cromwell's goons.
There are plenty of good reasons not to vote for Hillary other than her Bible Study group. But it is interesting to see that the Left views it as deeply suspicious, doubtless much more so than anything Rev. Wright said.