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    Wednesday, April 09, 2008

    Help or Hurt?

    CNN, in its infinite neutrality, will be hosting a "Compassion Forum" soon, to provide Sens. Obama and Clinton the opportunity to discuss faith and compassion. When I first saw a commercial for this, my initial reaction was that it seemed a bit unfair to provide such a forum for the Democrat nominees, without regard to Senator McCain. For the majority of Americans, religion is an important issue when it comes to picking a president, and thus it would seem to be advantageous to provide such an uplifting forum to only one side of the aisle.

    However, on second thought, this could really be a double-edged sword. While a discussion of one's faith would normally make a candidate more likable, more human, and clearly more compassionate, both candidates may have trouble focusing on this side of the discussion. Clearly Obama will have to face some questions concerning his controversial mentor, Rev. Wright, as well as the lingering "are you a muslim" question that always seems to come up (despite being completely bogus).

    However, Hillary may have some trouble, as well. Remember her "Today is a day the Lord has made" statement? Her words were strained, and she appeared so incredibly uncomfortable talking about her faith. If she's going to get any boost out of this "compassion forum", she's going to have to speak of her faith comfortably.


    Anonymous Jessie said...

    McCain was invited, but declined the invitation.

    10:01 AM  
    Blogger The Gentle Cricket said...

    Thanks for the information, Jessie. I hadn't heard that. Hopefully CNN will mention that during (and hopefully before) the forum to let people know.

    1:25 PM  

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