November 29, 2008


Teddy at FDL reports that Rep. Danny Davis is in line to replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

But if Davis really wants that seat, then he really needs to finally answer exactly why he took part in that bizarre coronation ceremony for the Rev. Sun Myung Moon back in 2002.

Davis not only took a leading part in the ceremony, he's been unapologetic about it since. All of which raises serious questions about Davis' judgment: If he so readily succumbs to the ministrations of one of the world's craziest right-wing ideologues, who else will he sucker for?

Eric Zorn at the Chicago Tribune is wondering the same thing. Back when this story first emerged, Zorn contacted Davis and asked if he had made a mistake.

"A mistake?" he asked, chuckling in that distinctive, friendly baritone. "No, not a mistake. This was about the promotion of peace. That's all. We were recognizing Rev. and Mrs. Moon as parents. I find it difficult to see that as far out in any way."

Yeah, except that Rev. and Mrs. Moon see themselves as the parents of the entire world. That ceremony was about crowning them as the world's rulers. Read John Gorenfeld's book, Bad Moon Rising, for the complete details.

Surely Illinois can do better than this.

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