I was wrong about the first McCain/Obama debate. A third of the way through the event, I said to one of my guests, “My guy is getting creamed!” Note that I did not say, “My candidate is being beaten into the ground.” I don’t have a candidate. Priests, like columnists, are not supposed to endorse a candidate. But one of the candidates is from my state and my city, and we shared a pulpit once. So of course I hope he wins. But that doesn’t mean I endorse him. As I have said repeatedly in this column, I think he will lose because the country is not ready for a smart, attractive, charismatic man — if he has skin slightly darker than a Sicilian’s.
If you couldn’t tell, this is classic Fr. Andrew Greeley.
He is from my state, city, far left side of the political divide, and we shared a pulpit! Of course I hope he wins. Never mind that his positions are intrinsically evil – we shared a pulpit doncha know. You must be racist if you can’t get past his support of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, cloning, ESCR, and homosexual marriage. Yes presidential affirmative action – vote for him even if you think he is a moral disaster. Otherwise not only will we throw the race card at you we make it a presidential race card.
“Go after him,” I screamed.
“He’s just being a gentlemen,” my friend insisted.
“Nice guys,” I shouted, citing a one-time manager of the Cubbies, “finish last!”
Naturally I couldn’t sleep that night. At 3 a.m., I crawled out of bed and turned on a cursed machine to read the data from the instant surveys.
Please breath in and breath out Fr. “I don’t have a candidate” Greeley. Yes Sen. Obama was really being a gentleman by calling Sen. McCain “John” repeatedly.
Now you might rightly ask why are you even paying attention to a Fr. Greeley article in the first place? Maybe I am like a dissident paleontologists. Even though these progressive dinosaurs are on the way out, they are still fascinating creatures. The contradictions between their faith and what they advocate is an interesting case study. Though looking at the history of the Church the DIssentosaurus never quite goes extinct.
Hat Tip Matthew K.