President Barack Obama needs some outside help pushing health care reform, and he’s turning to rabbis to get it.
In a morning conference call with about 1000 rabbis from across the nation, Obama asked for aid: “I am going to need your help in accomplishing necessary reform,” the President told the group, according to Rabbi Jack Moline, who tweeted his way through the phoner.
“We are God’s partners in matters of life and death,” Obama went on to say, according to Moline’s real-time stream.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a believer be so presumptuous as to say we’re “partners” with God on the ultimate question, let alone one who’s pushing a government program that’s got people worried about “death panels,” but oh well. Water off an atheist’s back, baby. In fact, partnership’s actually a nice conceptual framework for The One’s position on abortion: God’s the junior partner and we’re the senior partners, and sometimes the senior partner has to exercise his/her veto.
Theological question: If God’s onboard with ObamaCare, what sort of terrible wrath is America risking by tanking the Democrats’ numbers ever since they started talking about it? New from Pew:
The One’s approval rating in the same poll: Just above the water line at 51 percent, which is exactly where it is in Gallup and Rasmussen today, too. That’s 10 points below where he was just two months ago. Exit question: Second look at faith-based politics for the left? (Yes!)