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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Diane Feinstein Washes Hands of Rick Warren Decision

Noted in Queerty comments quoting Salon:

Feinstein washes her hands of Warren decision, via from salon

Making matters worse, the Obama team evidently decided not to alert anyone who was likely to be upset about the pick ahead of time. News of Warren's involvement in the inauguration came out of the congressional committee working on the inauguration instead of from Obama's own inaugural committee, a wholly separate entity. At least initially, aides for Obama's inaugural committee said the decision had come from Congress, not Obama. In fact, that wasn't the case at all. "That was solely the choice of the president-elect," said Gil Duran, a spokesman for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who chairs the congressional committee. Obama's staff sent explicit orders for whom to include in the inaugural ceremony up to Capitol Hill, since Congress is, technically, in charge of that part of the day. "Sen. Feinstein obviously disagrees with the views of Rev. Warren on issues that affect the gay and lesbian community," Duran said. "However, Sen. Feinstein respects the president-elect's prerogative to select a cleric to deliver the invocation." (That one doesn't need any translation -- Feinstein's office was politely, respectfully, throwing Obama under the bus.)

A commenter on Queerty notes:

I do give Dianne Feinstein some credit of washing her hands of the decision of Warren. Pelosi would be wise to do the same.

Dianne Feinstein is running for governor of CA in 2010. She will need early support and money from the people opposing Prop 8.