August 5, 2008


McCain's "One" Response - M25 Network (cardboard, Aug 05, 2008, DailyKos)

For many this ad will appear to be a joke, a silly campaign tactic, and little more than a distraction. But this ad was not done by some campaign volunteer with a bit of editing experience for (as McCain suggests) his supporters amusement. This was a professionally cut, edited, and produced ad full of sinister dog-whistles for evangelical ears.

At best it is suggesting supporters of Obama are idol-worshipers. At its worst it is suggesting that Sen. Obama is some kind of anti-Christ.

The McCain campaign is unquestionably targeting the 44 million+ Americans who have read the Left Behind series.

It's subject to discussion whether Senator Obama has deliberately cast himself as a messianic figure ("we are the ones..."), but inarguable that his supporters have and that his campaign staff/volunterr network giddily sends out e-mails alerting people when the latest cult-like video gets posted at YouTube. Indeed, in the interest of marital comity I won't say who sent the e-mail about this one:

...but the forwarded mail came from someone working for Obama. And wasn't it Andrew Sullivan who recently referred to some recent bit of Obamaness as "objectively miraculous"?

Now, we mostly find it amusing that these folks think they're following the Obamessiah, but, if you aren't one of the ones who think he's the Second Coming then he is a false messiah, no? Obviously you have to be worried that your campaign's at least implicit, if not explicit, theme is heresy to tens of millions of voters, but maybe you ought to reconsider the theme rather than rant about it being exposed to ridicule, eh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2008 5:23 PM

That is so creepy.

Some of those chicks were hot though.

And by hot, I don't mean intelligent.

Posted by: Benny at August 5, 2008 6:45 PM

sinister dog-whistles for evangelical ears.

Funny how it seems only Kos posters can hear these. Just like only they can see all those "massive gov't conspiracies" of the last half-century.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 5, 2008 6:56 PM

The worst thing that could happen to these people would be for Obama to be elected. Can you imagine discovering that Jesus was just a politician? We owe it to the vacuous beautiful people to defeat Obama and protect their illusions.

Posted by: Ibid at August 5, 2008 9:41 PM

"'Sinister; dog-whistles for evangelical ears"--actually very well done. Effective, creative writing depends on such "dog-whistles." The literary art seeks to communicate on several levels at once, including those beyond the mere literal meaning of the words used.

The reason this criticism is so unfair is that the Effendi himself had first invoked all this messianic imagery, only now to lament that his opponents have called him on it.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 6, 2008 2:33 AM

It has taken this guy this long to figure out that the whole worship thing is awfully off-putting?

I would have thought the "Personal Jesus" video on YouTube was sufficient warning.

Posted by: Mikey at August 6, 2008 7:34 AM
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