Burn me once -- John Danforth's New York Times article of last June in which he criticized religious conservatives for messin' up the Republican Party.
Burn me twice -- John Danforth complains again yesterday about those trouble-making Christians who ought to stay in church and pray while folks like himself (a moderate, enlightened, Episcopalian priest) handle such grown up tasks as governing the country.
During a visit to the Bill Clinton School of Public Service yesterday, Danforth whined, "I think that the Republican Party fairly recently has been taken over by the Christian conservatives, by the Christian right....I don't think that this is a permanent condition but I think this has happened, and that it's divisive for the country."
He also said the evangelical Christian influence would be bad for the party in the long run. Apparantly, Danforth sees a rosier future for the G.O.P. in the likes of Arlen Specter, Michael Bloomberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Log Cabin Republicans.
Will somebody please check Mr. Danforth's meds?