- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Route to the heart

President Obama broke bread recently with several leading Washington conservatives at the home of columnist George Will. Prominent liberal bloggers blew their stack when they learned in recent days that those conservatives were … still conservatives.

Ryan Powers at Think Progress cited reporting at the time that “the beltway conventional wisdom suggested that Obama’s aim was to ‘neutralize potential adversaries’ by way of a ‘charm offensive.’

“Just one week later, Obama’s right-wing acquaintances have already shown the futility of engaging in a good-faith dialogue with them. While Obama pushes his vision for the economic recovery package … the dinner’s attendees are on a no-holds-barred offensive against it,” Mr. Powers wrote.

He cited such passages from dinner attendees as “one of the worst bills in galactic history” (Charles Krauthammer), “the worst of each approach — rushed short-term planning with expensive long-term fiscal impact” (David Brooks), “so much bad stuff in it … a pork-laden bill” (Bill Kristol).

Pseudonymous liberal blogger Down With Tyranny described the meal thus: “He was reaching out. They were sharpening their knives.”

Lowery prayer

For most conservative bloggers, the worst part of last week’s inauguration ceremony — apart from who was inaugurated and what will follow — was the benediction by the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery.

At the close of his prayer, he said “Lord, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.”

Because he listed only whites as people whom God needs to move toward rectitude and defined every other ethnicity as put upon, his prayer was widely attacked as a stuck-in-the-‘60s racist screed.

Mark A. Rose at Right Minded called the prayer “a slap in the face to us white folk … Where has it been established that in 2009 we caucasians haven’t learned what is right? … What if a white pastor finished off a prayer with the plea that ‘black will learn what is right’?”

Rogue 109, in a post at the group blog Peach Pundit, said in the post’s very title that “Lowery seems to not realize what decade it is.”

“Is he not aware that over 60 million people just elected Barack H. Obama to the office of President of the United States? Does he not realize that the majority of those people were, point in fact, white?” Rogue 109 asked.

Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit remembered another of Mr. Lowery’s moments of public class. “This is the same liberal hack who attacked President Bush at Coretta Scott King’s funeral while Bush was sitting on the stage,” Mr. Hoft wrote.

Faith-based stalking

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