Remember how kissing Rick Warren's hand and giving a lot of God talk was supposed to get the Religious Right on Obama's side so that they'd be more likely to support him? Remember how a few of us said that was the dumbest thing we've ever heard but were told we didn't understand Obama's new politics?
Well, part of the right-wing sound machine is complaining that Obama isn't bending over backwards far enough for the Religious Right. They list a few things - like lifting some "right to conscience" restrictions on hospitals that want to treat women and stem cell research. But it's not really about either of those two things individually - it's because he hasn't completely enacted their entire agenda. He's a Democrat, that the only way the leaders of the Religious Right movement were going to warm to him was if he completely capitulated on women's choice, science, and LGBT rights, which he hasn't done.
Here's famous homophobe Tony Perkins:
"We have had a number of teaching moments," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "If people are really listening and watching, they will see what President Obama said is not what he is doing. He said he wanted to reach out to evangelicals or Christian conservatives who care about human life, but they will have a hard time squaring support for Barack Obama in light of these policies."
Really? Did pro-lifers vote for Obama in droves and now they're disappointed? If they are, they're dumber than sacks of cashews because he hasn't strayed much from the platform on which he ran when it comes to these issues.
But get a load of Politico's right-wing editorializing on the topic:
He called for reducing abortions and seeking common ground on one of the nation's most divisive issues -- promises that led some on the right to think maybe, just maybe, Barack Obama was a different kind of Democrat.
But no more.
A series of decisions in the past two months -- capped by an announcement Monday that he's abolishing Bush-era limits on embryonic stem cell research -- has led to a reassessment of Obama by some Christian conservative and other religious leaders, who now charge him with inflaming the very cultural divisions he once pledged to heal.
In fact, Obama's stem cell decision sparked a volley of rhetoric reminiscent of the height of the culture wars that defined American politics through the 1990s.
Um, that's just idiotic. He has been working to "reduce abortions" - last time I checked he lifted the global gag order on family planning NGO's, increasing women's access to contraception and information about it worldwide. If that's not "reducing abortions," then I don't know what is.
But I especially like that last sentence, because we all know that the "Culture Wars" stopped in the 1990's. Bush ended the entire thing, and we all got along just fine.
I could go line-by-line, but there's really no point here. Obama's worked to enact what he promised during his campaign. These people were never going to be satisfied, so for them to pretend like they're disappointed now is just dumb.
Although it does provide a good lesson in "compromise" when it comes to the Religious Right....