....Kmiec, who has also served as legal counsel under Presidents Ronald Reagan and [George] Herbert Walker Bush, confirmed that Obama may be considering appointing him to the position of Vatican Emissary. "The President is nowhere close to determining such things because of the order of events … everyone's first order of business is economic recovery," Kmiec said. "At the appropriate time, when diplomatic relations through the State Department need to be addressed, I think my name would be part of the discussion."
In May 2008, Professor Kmiec publicly announced that he had been denied communion at Mass, presumably because of his vocal and impassioned support of then-Senator Barack Obama, whose unwavering commitment to abortion rights is so strong that he opposed a prohibition on partial-birth abortion as well as laws that require health professionals to care for and not kill infant survivors of abortion. Of course, no one would have known about the denial of communion if Professor Kmiec had not said anything. So, instead of going privately to the priest and discussing it within the confines of the Church, Professor Kmiec announced it to the world. What would motivate a man to do this except that he thought it provided to him some cultural or political advantage? Sadly the avalanche of liberal outrage that followed his announcement seems to support that thesis. (See, for example, Andrew Sullivan's comments)
Now Professor Kmiec wants to be selected by President Obama to be the U. S. ambassador to the Vatican, to succeed the legendary Mary Ann Glendon of Harvard Law School. But, ironically, the communion denial story works against his nomination. What in May probably appeared to Professor Kmiec as cultural leverage that would garner him much sympathy in some sectors of the American Catholic Church, now works against him. Does anyone seriously think that President Obama, a Protestant, will want to be known as the first American president in history to select an ambassador to the Vatican who was denied communion?
If you play full court press for the entire first half, you won't have anything left for the second. Even the coach of the Pepperdine Waves basketball team knows that.