Thursday, April 24, 2008
Personal Asides: Erudite Theological Wonk Answers Flood Web Site (Deo Gratias!) Wonk Question 5 Why I Still Believe Obama Will Get the Nomination.
Once again Im pleased thrilled actually with the quality of answers to Theological Wonk Question 4. For complete answers, go to Readers Comments of yesterday. High and original scholarship is evident in responses by Daniel Arquilla, Frank Nofsinger, Leon Dixon and Jesse Taylor who even dips into Revelation 21 for citations. Many thanks and Im very-very impressed.
Theological Wonk Question 5: Why Did Jesus Condemn the Poor Little Fig Tree?
In Matthew 21:18-23, Jesus condemned the fig tree: May no fruit ever come from you again. Jesus was hungry and noticed the fig tree. Had there been figs He would have picked some and eaten. But Matthew 21:19 reports the fig tree did have leaves which would come only when the fruit was ripe. Marks notation [Mk 11:12-14] is that it was not the season for figs. Whats your interpretation? It seems to many like this is so unlike Jesus, to condemn a harmless fig tree. Was He in a bad mood or what?
Again, the honor code is in effect.
Obama and the Nomination.
Hillary Clintons smashing victory in Pennsylvania breathed new helium into her balloon; she got scads of new money and some commentators are hedging their bets, saying that possibly just possibly she will get the nomination because she can prove to the super-delegates that she has the popular vote (yeah but shes counting Michigan and Florida which are disqualified), Obama doesnt do nearly as well as she with the white working class, Hispanics et al. My prediction that he will get the nomination stands for one reason that never seems to be paramount with analysts.
The super-delegates who represent the party establishment (and lets not forget that many of them are elected officials themselves) reflect not their own whim but the party areas they represent. Traditionally, local and state Democrats think first of the local ticket and then the presidency. Take Illinois. African-American voters represent a rich vein of ore a huge deposit of the state vote. For their candidate to be pushed aside would invite talk about bitterness and worse. Many might stay home. No, none would be tempted to vote for McGovern but pols predict a serious drop-off of votes out of dissatisfaction. To my way of thinking, turning down the first credible black candidate of a major party for the presidency would be disastrous for 2008.
If and this is only a hope if Obama could be convinced to run with Hillary as vice president, it might somewhat ease the strain. But even here I think that with the huge expectations the liberal media have placed on him as Destinys Tot, the disappointment among blacks would be great. I can rationalize party establishmentarians saying that it would be far more prudent to cede the nomination to Obama basis the need to reward the partys most dependable and huge base with the nomination. If he loses the presidency, so he losesbut coming so close to grasping the brass ring and have it slip from his grasp would be a terrible disappointment to blacks. Your views?