GET POLITICAL w/ VIC LIVINGSTON - Obama's Faith Forum Demeanor: Why So Serene?
• Does he know something about the Hillary convention 'putsch' that pundits have yet to figure out?
• Key clue: "We will get the president we need." Maybe Barack wasn't talking about himself...
First impressions immediately after that Obama-McCain faith forum showdown at Saddlebrook church this weekend past were that Barack got snaked on purpose by his purpose-driven "friend," the Rev. Rick Warren.
Get Political remarked that Warren seemed to treat John McCain like a fellow Christian soldier, while Obama was afforded the cordial correctness of a house guest.
Today we learn that McCain was not totally in a "cone of silence" when Obama was being quizzed by the Rev. Warren, as the preacher had pronounced from his pulpit, but was still in his motorcade, headed to the church, during some of Obama's session. So when McCain, who went second, asked Warren about a line of questioning that hadn't yet come up, speculation arose that McCain may have been fed the questions by staff people equipped with cell phones and messaging devices.
Later, Warren admitted to CNN's Rick Sanchez that, in fact, McCain had not yet arrived when Obama took the stage, furthering the speculation that McCain had an advantage. McCain's people denied that was the case; but as even Rev. Warren admitted to CNN's Sanchez, that was a matter of faith.
So, why should a book-hawking mega-preacher been permitted to command such a national political stage, and the attention of all three cable news networks? His questions were loaded, even if McCain had been ensconced in that "cone." Obama once again demonstrated his naivete by agreeing to appear when the fix already was in. At the very least, he should have insisted the candidates share the stage, with an opportunity for rebuttal. (McCain's people now say Obama turned down that option.)
Obama came out of this charade with as much as could be expected under the rigged circumstances. His supposed gaffe on the abortion question, when viewed through the eyes of his disillusioned base, reinforced the notion that he is capable of resisting his recent penchant for pandering. His comments about habeus corpus and restoring the rule of law showed that he's capable of adhering to principle.
Obama's demeanor belied any sense that he's panicked about his sagging poll numbers or Hillary's roll call putsch, a trojan horse that's likely to make her the convention kingmaker (with Bill supplying the stage whispers).
Indeed, Obama's serene persona could signal that he's already signed onto a deal that will hand the nomination to Al Gore, with both he and Hillary posing as noble warriors who dueled to a tie. Didn't we hear Obama say during the Saddlebrook event that "we will get the President we need"? Perhaps he was not referring to himself.
And did not Obama confess to the sin of vanity, in so many words? Analyze Obama's words through the prism of what the psy-ops units call "neurolinguistic programming." (It's a pseudo-science, so by definition, it is predictive 50 percent of the time.) Perhaps Obama was sending signals about a preordained outcome that's far removed from the conventional wisdom.
The tracking polls coming out this week will reflect Obama's sagging fortunes, and McCain's surprisingly robust, if pandering, performance before his purpose-driven minion the Rev. Warren. Obama's veepee pick will dominate the news this week, but it could turn out to be irrelevant in the face of the trojan horse roll call. It is Obama who could turn out to be the vice presidential candidate in this cycle, as party leaders attempt to right a past wrong by putting Al Gore back in the White House.
BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are bypassing the judicial system to terrorize American citizens: