Ultra-conservative Rabbi Daniel Lapin, filling in Monday for Kirby Wilbur (KVI m-f, 5-9a) nearly endorsed Barack Obama, and also shed some fascinating dish on how he checks up on his daughters' (he has seven!) boyfriends.
(The rabbi, under a cloud from the Jack Abramoff scandals, left the Seattle market (KTTH, KVI, KKOL) a couple of years ago for an off and on again Sunday show, The Unraveling Rabbi for San Francisco's KSFO. It's presently on... 1-4p. Read our many posts about Lapin's travails by scrolling down here).
Lapin, though pedantic, didactic, long-winded and as boring as always, surprised us today.
(As we do Bryan Styble, we miss Rabbi Daniel Lapin. He's on that
hallowed list of wack-a-do local blabberjockeys Seattle talk stations
have eliminated to cut costs, and provide Sanforized ones who
don't scare the horses, or commit felonies).
Seems, that while in Jerusalem, (in the Middle East, not the one in Ohio) last week, a be-yarmulked Obama stuffed a note to God in a crack in the Western (Wailing) Wall, as is the custom.
Unfortunately, some kid pried it out and gave it to the press before God got a chance to read it. (Barack just can't catch a break, can he?) The note was photographed and appeared on front pages to be enjoyed, presumably, with Israeli citizens' morning bagels.
It read: "Lord - protect my family and me. Forgive my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will." (Typical far-left mockery of everything that's sacred).
The poo hit the air conditioning in Israel where intercepting God's mail is widely considered sacrilegious.
Our Rabbi has a very close friend, "an extraordinarily successful handwriting expert," who was able to analyze Obama's handwriting for KVI listeners.
(Chastity belts: not just a great idea, they're kosher!)
daughters (HE HAS SEVEN!) have been dating guys and the dating gets a little serious. I get the guy to write something and I send it to this [handwriting] guy so's [sic] I can get a reading of the real personality of the fella who wants to marry my daughter."
What else he does Lapin do to ensure the honor of their suitors? lie detectors? bugging devices? private detectives? chastity belts?
That was news enough, but when the rabbi finally read the analysis, it was not only complimentary of Obama, it was almost gushing!
Highly intelligent, not in an intellectual way but very much in terms of a high level of mental and cognitive ability. Innovative. I think he's honest and open, but I would need his signature to be sure of that. He's intuitive, a combination of intelligence and intuition will be invaluable in decision-making. He is not sensitive to others and he is not overly sensitive to himself. He doesn't get hurt easily but he could hurt others easily without knowing. Maybe that's not a bad thing for a political leader. A bit of a bull in the China shop potentially. He's still naive, a bit immature, almost effeminate in some ways.
Did the Rabbi Lapin glom onto that last line and call him a girly-man with a propensity to feeling sorry for homosexuals?
Instead, he said, "I've listened to talk radio hosts pointing out contradictions and flip flops. I don't think there's any point in that -- they're missing the whole point. Obama is just radiating charisma. The majority of the people who are excited will not have their minds changed if you point out an inconsistency here, or an error there. It doesn't matter ... They're judging him on his intentions and the charisma he beams out."
Carleen, despairing: "They won't care what comes out of the debates, they won't care what further gaffes there are between now and election day? So it's done?"
Lapin; " ... it's absolutely done. ... I don't think it's the biggest calamity in the world. The worst thing that could happen is the the two liberals on the court will be replaced by two more liberals. So nothing's changed."
He then hurried off to a break.
Wow. We don't believe in miracles, but even Bill Clinton's endorsement of Obama was more tepid than that.
Maybe Lapin is having a endlife crisis... we can only pray.