Religion and the “Cone of Stupidity”

Jeff Koopersmith has a few things to say about pastors who suck presidential candidates into the so-called "Religious War."

August 17, 2008 – Lugano ( – If you've read ABC News' The Note, you probably feel as I do: it's a waste of time.

Nearly everything one reads in it is either off, pro McCain, or simply made up.

The most hilarious little piece there this week was "Cone of Silence" by Teddy Davis, Hope Ditto, and Rigel Anderson who report that George W. Bush's pastor and bosom-buddy, the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, attacked  John McCain for joking about Cindy McCain entering a topless beauty contest and more. Kirbyjon Caldwell, by the way, presided over Jenna Bush's wedding.

The Note writes that Caldwell "ripped" into Senator John McCain by talking about these sins including McCain's adultery with Cindy McCain while married to his former wife, "Not Cindy" McCain. Not only is Caldwell friends with the Bush family, he is also backing Senator Barack Obama in the presidential campaign, which puts the President in, well, an "awkward position."

On top of that, Rev. Rick Warren, who held yesterday's dimwitted "forum" in which Obama and McCain appeared together for the first time as prez wannabes, has also jumped the Arizona septuagenarian indirectly by saying he "would not be comfortable voting for an adulterer."

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Naturally, the McCain spokesclowns claim that "these people" are Obama surrogates and simply making personal attacks on poor little defenseless John McCain. That logic leads to the belief that anyone voting for Obama is also his "surrogate."

They also warned Obama that opening "that" door would be one he could not close.

Ooh!  Scary!

I'd say that John McCain, one of the Keating Five, whose own son is now a board member of a spooky and failing bank that is being federally investigated, had best be the one to close that door.

One other thing, about that Cone of Silence: on Saturday both Obama and McCain were to answer the same questions posed by God only knows who.  Obama won the coin toss to go first at Warren's "forum," which meant "The Cone" was placed over McCain so he couldn't cheat and think about the question while Obama is answering.

Oh brother.

Then again, what if President is secretly backing Barack Obama?  Is he under the cone as well? 

Jeff Koopersmith is an internationally renowned political consultant, opinion research authority and policy analyst. He has lobbied for causes including the alternative fuel sector and women's health, and is an expert on the international real estate market. He lives in Philadelphia, Washington and Geneva.

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