June 9, 2008


Is Obama an enlightened being?: Spiritual wise ones say: This sure ain't no ordinary politician. You buying it? (Mark Morford, 6/06/08, SF Gate)

[Y]ou want to know what it is? The appeal, the pull, the ethereal and magical thing that seems to enthrall millions of people from all over the world, that keeps opening up and firing into new channels of the culture normally completely unaffected by politics?

No, it's not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric. It is not fresh ideas or cool charisma or the fact that a black president will be historic and revolutionary in about a thousand different ways. It is something more. Even Bill Clinton, with all his effortless, winking charm, didn't have what Obama has, which is a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high-vibration integrity.

Dismiss it all you like, but I've heard from far too many enormously smart, wise, spiritually attuned people who've been intuitively blown away by Obama's presence - not speeches, not policies, but sheer presence - to say it's just a clever marketing ploy, a slick gambit carefully orchestrated by hotshot campaign organizers who, once Obama gets into office, will suddenly turn from perky optimists to vile soul-sucking lobbyist whores, with Obama as their suddenly evil, cackling overlord.

Here's where it gets gooey. Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

The unusual thing is, true Lightworkers almost never appear on such a brutal, spiritually demeaning stage as national politics. This is why Obama is so rare. And this why he is so often compared to Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., to those leaders in our culture whose stirring vibrations still resonate throughout our short history.

Sure, it's hilarious, but it's also pretty sad that these people's lives are so devoid of meaning that they have to turn a Cook County hack into some kind of dimestore messiah. You especially have to enjoy the irony that, by Friend Perlstein's calculation, JFK and MLK led us all to Nixonland. Where does St. Obama take us, Roveworld?

One might be more inclined to say Maverick was a tad unfair to Senator Obama today, Playing the Carter card (Jonathan Martin, 6/09/08, Politico)

In separate interviews today, John McCain compared Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter.

Speaking to Fox's Carl Cameron, McCain raised Carter's name, putting a face on his assertion that Obama wants to return "to the failed policies of the '60's and '70's."

And then, sitting down with NBC's Brian Williams, he poured it on -- and got to the heart of the matter.

“Senator Obama says that I’m running for a Bush’s third term," McCain said, picking up the central Democratic line of attack. "Seems to me he’s running for Jimmy Carter’s second.”

...were Mr. Morford not claiming that he'd take us back to '68.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2008 3:30 PM

"Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker"

My, the Bible has a lot to say about this statement....

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at June 9, 2008 4:23 PM

Lightworker...isn't that a specialty class for clerics of Pelor? You have to have rolled a 17 or 18 charisma and under 12 intelligence.

Posted by: Bryan at June 9, 2008 5:51 PM

When I first read about this column (sometime Friday), I thought it had to be a parody on Morford, who has written lots of gushing nonsense. But I didn't think this could possibly be serious. I didn't think anyone could be so deluded. Oh well.

This is beyond Walter Duranty, beyond Sydney Schanberg, beyond Lillian Hellman, beyond Ayn Rand. It is something written by a precocious 8 year-old, raised by Druids or Trekkies (or both).

And Obama probably reads it and thinks - "Yes, I can!".

Of course, what it calls to mind is Tad Szulc's writing of Castro that watching him give a speech is like watching a mighty penis come to life. (for 8 hours).

What will this guy write the morning after the election?

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 9, 2008 6:10 PM

This is the danger for the McCain camp - they will fight against the Cook County hack while the MSM and deluded voters think he is second coming and nothing will sway their belief. Let's hope there aren't a majority of this type of voter come November.

Posted by: AWW at June 9, 2008 6:25 PM

Bryan made me laugh.

And then i felt really bad that i got the joke

Posted by: Benny at June 9, 2008 6:45 PM

Mind you, I'm not a religious person but I am very spiritual.

This means I don't go to church, ever.

Posted by: pchuck at June 9, 2008 7:12 PM

Personal Jesus.


I hope the link took, for a change.

Posted by: Mikey at June 9, 2008 10:27 PM

If it didn't take, google

Barack Obama 'Personal Jesus' video.

It is good.

Posted by: Mikey at June 9, 2008 10:32 PM

Bah. The absolutely correct thing to do with messiahs is to nail 'em up and wait three days. Weeds out the false ones tout suite.


Posted by: Ric Locke at June 10, 2008 7:27 AM