I met Ed Morrissey of Hot Air at Bloggers Row at CPAC for the first time today and I have to say he is a scholar and a gentleman. He asked me how I first started on the path from liberalism to conservatism and I promised him I would write a post on this part of my story.
During the primaries, before I really became engaged with the campaign and the issues, I knew that I would never vote for Obama due to his support of open borders, his opposition to gay marriage, his upbringing in a religion that kills gays and regards women as property and his ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Black ministers have been especially active in Maryland in opposing equal rights AND marriage for lesbians and gays, so Obama’s 20-year connection to an anti-gay minister was a dealbreaker for me. Obama’s throwing Wright under the bus only made him seem worse to me for his disloyalty in his own selfish interest.
I wasn’t worried about Rev. Wright’s hurt feelings at all because I figured that if Obama were elected he’d waste no time in announcing an urgent need to bind up the nation’s wounds and welcome Wright back to his bosom so that Wright would be merrily God-damning America from the Lincoln Bedroom in no time flat. I still expect this.
But my remark that struck Ed was my complaint about the rogue’s gallery of bombers, sociopaths, loons and thieves that comprise Obama’s taste in companions, by which I mean — and this is only the short list — Rev. Wright, Fr. Pfleger,Tony Rezko, Rashid Khalidi, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn and his ACORN BFFs.
“It’s like the people Obama surrounds himself with are his Picture of Dorian Gray,” I told Ed. “He may look angelic at times, but they are the portrait of his true character. They show what he is really like inside.”