Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Stranger Bedfellows There Never Were

Transafrica and the Free Congress Foundation Hold Hands

When Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute teamed up for a pair of televised debates, there may have been a little head-scratching, but it was an easy uneasy alliance; one done of expedience with a wink and a nod to the audience. And everybody smirked together, singing "Who'da Thunk It?" in unison.

But when I opened the New York Times today to find an op-ed by the team of Randall Robinson and Paul Weyrich; well, my reaction was neither easy nor uneasy; it was downright queasy. The subject--who should run the presidential debates--is surely worthy of concern across the political spectrum.

But for anyone who knows what Weyrich, one of the founders of the Heritage Foundation, really believes, it's a bit frightening to see Randall Robinson teaming up with him. (Shades of Andrea Dworkin and Ed Meese on pornography.)

For those who don't know who Weyrich is or what he thinks, lucky for you, you may do so now via my mammoth 1995 piece for Mother Jones on the religious right, which has been restored to its oversized berth in the MoJo archives. To those who may have requested its restoration, I give my thanks. And to the editors at Mother Jones, I say many, many thanks.

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