July 30, 2008


Obama's Symbolic Importance (Jonathan Weisman, 7/29/08, WP: The Trail)

According to a witness, he was waxing lyrical about last week's trip to Europe, when he concluded, "this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for." [...]

"I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions," he said.

If Barrack Obama had written The Grapes of Wrath: "I'll be all around in the dark - I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build - I'll be there, too. I'll be the warm feeling running up your leg."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2008 9:10 AM

...I'll be there to keep the world temperatures constant, keep sea levels down, the polar bears happy, I'll be there under your skin, inside your head.

Posted by: ic at July 30, 2008 9:45 AM

This guy is a complete and utter lunatic. Not only does he indulge in Riefenstahlian imagery, he even shares the conviction of being chosen by Destiny with Riefenstahl's idol.

Posted by: Peter at July 30, 2008 10:31 AM

He is quickly obtaining celebrity status so it looks like his politics won't matter to many people and if those people are voters, maybe we are in trouble?

Posted by: Perry at July 30, 2008 11:25 AM

Perry, only in terms of the fallout from the pathos resulting from his collapse before election day.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at July 30, 2008 11:32 AM

Hubris much?

Posted by: Mikey at July 30, 2008 11:36 AM

All it will take for a meltdown is for someone in the audience to start laughing when he makes these statements.

Posted by: erp at July 30, 2008 11:38 AM

I am hoping, as OJ has noted, that people don't begin paying attention until Labor Day and then the GOP does better as people start really looking at the candidates.

That said the possibility of a '92 repeat (more experienced GOP loses to media favorite inexperienced Dem) seems to be a strong possibility.

Posted by: AWW at July 30, 2008 11:40 AM

AWW: The '92 Bill Clinton would be run out of the current Democratic party for being a right-wing Bush clone. Of course, he and Hillary will have the last laugh when they purge the party after November...

Posted by: b at July 30, 2008 12:02 PM

This is a great game.

If Obama wrote the Gettysburg Address:

Two score and seven years ago, my father brought forth on or near this continent a new paradigm, conceived in Honolulu and dedicated to the proposition that certain people should get extra points towards college admissions based on the color of their skin.

Now, we need to run away from a fizzling civil war....

Posted by: Ibid at July 30, 2008 12:21 PM

I'm thinking more Chauncey Gardiner than Tom Joad, especially with the walking on water.

Posted by: Rick T. at July 30, 2008 12:34 PM

To paraphrase Eric Hoffer:

Secular Messiah = Totalitarianism

Posted by: ghostcat at July 30, 2008 1:18 PM

He sounds more and more like Gloria Swanson, no?

Posted by: ratbert at July 30, 2008 1:34 PM

Peter: No, it's the dialectic, don't you see.

AWW: '92 only happened that way because of Perot.

Of course, a bunch of blacks and college students who don't vote much will come out in force for Obama. On the other hand, a bunch of moderates and blue dog Democrats will vote for McCain. I think McCain can win, but I doubt it'll be by much.

Posted by: PapayaSF at July 30, 2008 6:51 PM

Wiil they? Or is he the Snakes On A Plane candiidate, with his 15 minutes up before the vote?

Posted by: Mike E at July 30, 2008 9:16 PM

Gotta love him. He's making it easier for everyone.

In November, we can all cast a symbolic vote for Obama, and then get in that polling booth and pull the lever for McCain.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at July 31, 2008 2:46 AM
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