Any press is good press?

With regards to campaign name recognition, a fellow blogger recently claimed that any press is good press, citing how the bad press which Ronald Reagan received during his campaign actually helped in the end.  My ideological side wants to believe he is wrong; it wants to believe that people are smarter than this; but my pragmatic side won’t let it. 

Perhaps though, you are in the minority and a deep thinker; you look past rumors, innuendos, slander, sexist remarks and pure name recognition.  If that is you, then unfortunately, there is nothing in today’s post for you. 

For those who don’t have time to think or whose depth of thought is barely big toe deep anyway, those of you who will be easily swayed with name recognition only, I offer this clip featuring one of Hollywood’s mental giants and her thoughts on VP nominee Sarah Palin.

“I can’t stand her. She can suck it.”     Metaphor?  Allegory?  I don’t know, but it was deep wasn’t it.  A lot deeper than you would expect from an ex-Baywatch babe.     Oh how I wish that Poindexter wasn’t right in his claim that any press is good press because I feel compelled to write in Hasselhoff/Anderson or maybe break a glass ceiling with Anderson/Hasselhoff. 

Seriously though Pam, keep talking about Sarah Palin and even John McCain.  We enjoy the free press.

And while we are in the Hollywood mode, I hope that Matt Damon keeps spreading rumors like the one he and HamsterTalk are so fond of, again we love the free press. 

Civil Forum on National Leadership

civil forumRick Warren, the purpose driven guy, is putting on what he refers to as a Civil Forum on National Leadership. It will be held at Saddleback Church

on Saturday August 16. The forum, not a debate, features just 3 men: Rick Warren, Barack Obama and John McCain. Rick Warren, pastor and moderator of the forum described the event.

“We’re honored that the candidates chose The Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion for their first joint appearance, an unprecedented opportunity for America to hear both men back-to-back on the same platform,” Warren said. “This is a critical time for our nation and the American people deserve to hear both candidates speak from the heart – without interruption – in a civil and thoughtful format absent the partisan ‘gotcha’ questions that typically produce heat instead of light.

I’d like to think that Pastor Warren will put the presumptive Barack Obama on the spot regarding his moral views, but I’m expecting more of a well scripted, no surprise kind of forum. Even so, I’d like to see it and since I don’t have box seats, I’m glad that I’ll be able to watch the whole thing live online. Here’s the link to the Saddleback Civil Forum.

Why Barack Obama must court evangelicals

In a Washington Post article titled Obama Making Christian Push, it is pointed out that John McCain has “done little to court the affections” of some evangelicals while Barack Obama “is making a full-throttle push for centrist evangelicals and Catholics.”

Obama’s campaign is also launching a grass-roots effort, tentatively called Joshua Generation, with plans to hold concerts and house meetings targeted at young evangelicals and Catholics.

The article also attempts to connect Sen. Obama in some fashion, to a Matthew 25 Project.

The Matthew 25 Project, named after the biblical passage in which Jesus promises eternal life for those who care for the least and the lost, will be led by Mara Vanderslice, a young evangelical who briefly led faith outreach for the 2004 campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and later founded a respected political consulting firm.

These projects, usually based on Matthew 25:40 are about nurturing a servant attitude in Christians. I wasn’t sure if the article was saying that Senator Obama was attempting to connect with all projects or one in specific.

5902But as it turned out, it didn’t really matter because a NY Times article cleared things up by correctly identifying the “project” as a new political action committee called Matthew 25 Network, rather than an actual service project based on the teachings in Matthew 25.

Barack Obama certainly does have a shrewd plan to market himself as an evangelical. And a shrewd marketing plan is what it will take to pass himself off to the evangelical community. Fortunately, the evangelicals don’t appear to be as dim witted as the Obama campaign thinks they are.

Despite the concerted push, Obama faces a tough task in trying to loosen the GOP‘s hold on a majority of white churchgoers. A recent poll by Calvin College found McCain leading Obama 57 percent to 25 percent among evangelicals and 43 percent to 35 percent among Catholics.

Abortion and gay marriage — issues on which he openly disagreed with many of the evangelical leaders in the room — dominated the discussion, according to participants.

Many many people recognize that Barack Obama doesn’t and hasn’t represented Christian ideals, so Barack Obama must court evangelicals simply because they won’t court him. To do so, he must employ the slickest marketing tactics he can come up with, what I would call, the Genesis 3 Project.

The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal GOD had made.

The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die.

GOD said to the Woman, “What is this that you’ve done?” “The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.”

Am I saying that Barack Obama is the serpent? Well….no, not exactly, but maybe he is an apple; a vehicle for the serpent’s work. At the very least, this most liberal of the liberal senators is trying to convince the American voters he is something that he is not.

But remember the Washington Post article that said Barack Obama is selling hard to evangelicals while John McCain “has done little to court their affections.” I say good for John McCain. This is a great credit to his character. He just lives his life being who he is, and the evangelical community recognizes him for being himself, not someone invented as part of a shrewd campaign strategy. Way to go Senator McCain!

As the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

(James 4:6 GNB)

James also follows with this sage bit of advice.

“So then, submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you.”


***Big Disclaimer***

Any reference to Senator Obama being Satan or Satan’s emissary is purely speculative, but you know the old saying, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then…..

The other candidate’s church

I won’t comment too much on Rev Wright, Rev. Pfleger, Trinity United Church of Christ; that’s been done, and done, and done.  I won’t comment on whether or not Barack Obama takes to heart their messages; he knows.  Though, in an LA Times article he didn’t attribute his departure to the hateful, racist and politically divisive messages of TUCC, but he did say that he left because he doesn’t want the church subjected to scrutiny.  I read that as support; that is appalling.

For reasons too numerous to list, I would never vote for Barack Obama, but I do expect to be casting my vote this fall for a qualified candidate, John McCain.  So why not take at least a quick peek his religion and his church? 

“I was raised in an Episcopal church and attended high school at a high school called Episcopal High School. I have attended North Phoenix Baptist Church for many years, and the most important thing is that I’m a Christian. And I don’t have anything else to say on the issue,” McCain said.  ABCNews

npbc I guess if he doesn’t have anything else to say, then it was just a quick peek.   According to the same article, his presidential campaign said he had been attending North Phoenix Baptist Church for more than 15 years.  My initial reaction to their website was that they seemed like a normal Christian church.  Initial reaction to Sen. Obama’s church could also be normal Christian, but scratching the surface of a many UCC churches and TUCC especially, show they have a certain twist or addition to Christ’s true message.  So for fairness I took a scratch at the surface of John McCain’s church.  What I found was a very Christ centered church.  Just helping others, helping others to find faith in Christ, Christ’s message; no twists.  Certainly nothing hateful, nor racist.  But again, to be fair, I listened to a couple of messages delivered by Pastor Dan Yeary.  I especially liked one from Feb ’08 titled  Living Generously: Loving Your Enemies.  He read a quote from of all people, progressive Anne Lamont.

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

When I heard that quote again in this context, I couldn’t keep from thinking how Mr. Obama’s TUCC version of a god seems to also have disdain the white portion of America. 

Bottom Line ==>  I hope more people scratch the surface of John McCain’s church, faith and religion.  I think Christianity is well represented and will be well served.