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On its face, the Warren pick seems like a slap in the face to the progressive gay movement, and I can understand why this group would be incensed. Here you have the first African-American President inviting one of the most high profile supporters of Prop 8 to speak at the inauguration.

And it’s not like Warren needs the spotlight.

However, Democrats should remember the platform Obama ran on during the primaries: unity and change.

And so we have to ask ourselves, what’s the most logical, pragmatic way to make that happen?

Is it…

  1. Keep on playing the same old politics, invite people who only agree with you to the table and expect different results?
  2. OR

  3. Make sincere gestures to groups like the evangelicals via Warren so we can collectively start focusing on worldwide issues like poverty, global warming and the HIV/AIDS epidemic?

And, by the way, Warren is catching grief for this too…so that tells me that both men have something to lose and that shouldn’t be ignored. Because this is the kind of change we can believe in and while I’m absolutely, 100% opposed to Warren’s views on Prop 8, I can still appreciate the work he’s done to change opinions in the evangelical community about the issues I mentioned above.

Let’s hope more progressives do too and cut Obama some slack. Or hell, don’t cut him any slack. Either way, he’ll continue to make decisions that will probably anger the left and make the middle and center right happy. And that’s not necessarily the worst thing in a centrist country.

  • rob

    And that’s not necessarily the worst thing in a centrist country.

    The problem is one side is obviously wrong, why go to the center of that issue.

  • MarkD

    What exactly is a “progressive” gay movement? Is it separate from your run of the mill gay rights movement? Or is it just something you pulled outta your butt?
    This is about equal rights and living up to the word of the Constitution. The 14th amendment is clear that ALL Americans are endowed with the same rights and here we are on the cusp of 2009 with a segment of society fighting for equality.
    This is a bone headed move by Obama. He needs to know there is a large gay community in DC and that’s where the inauguration will be. Warren will incite boos from the crowd.
    If Obamas words of unity were true why didn’t he invite David Duke to speak?

  • Chuck

    I suspect Obama is making a play to draw evangelicals away from the GOP at a time when the GOP is exceptionally weak and culpable for the mess we’re in now. If there was ever a time to bring Christians to the Democratic party, it is now. Tossing aside GLBT concerns about Warren’s anti-gay activities is an indication that Obama does not consider that brand of bigotry to be a disqualifier for a seat at his table. It sucks to be the ones who are sacrificed in a compromise.