September 1, 2008

ONCE YOU DECIDE THAT HE'S YOUR MESSIAH...:

Please kill this ‘Obama assassination porn’: The Obama clique’s fear that their man will be killed by ‘rednecks with rifles’ reveals their almost aristocratic dislocation from the masses. (Brendan O’Neill, 9/01/08, Spiked)

A few hours later, the authorities in Denver cleared the men of plotting to kill Obama. Troy Eid, US attorney for Denver, said: ‘There is a difference between a true threat and the reported racist rantings of drug abusers. This involved a gang of meth-heads who were all impaired at the time.’ The frontpage image of dead-eyed Lee Harvey Oswalds hellbent on putting a bullet in the chest of the ‘first black president of the United States’ was not based in reality – it was conjured up by the feverish fear amongst the Obama clique and its supporters that their man will be assassinated by some member of that unknowable blob: ‘red America’.

From the moment he entered the primary race to become the Democratic candidate for president, Obama, his team, his security detail and his backers in the media and literary worlds have been positively obsessed by the possibility that he will be bumped off. Caniadian newspaper columnist and unapologetic neocon, Mark Steyn, refers to it as ‘Obama assassination porn’, part of a self-flattering, ersatz ‘determination to appropriate Camelot and [its] mythic narrative’.

The palpable fear of assassination is certainly revealing. In the past, it was aristocrats – isolated princes, kings and dukes – who were consumed by assassinophobia, whereas democrats, from Abraham Lincoln to Bobby Kennedy, tended to make a public display of their lack of fear of the lone gunman. The Obama crew’s fear, even fantasy, that America harbours a killer who wants to take down their candidate reveals much about Obama’s aloofness, and about political crisis in the Democratic camp.


...don't you have an emotional need for Him to be crucified? What if he just loses this election and spends the next thirty years filling a seat in the Senate, like Joe Biden, without making any mark on the country whatsoever? What if it isn't a unicorn, just a hobby horse?


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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2008 11:24 AM
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