Monday, February 11, 2008

Obama as Messiah, the Trance-Inducer Part V

Over at Besty's blog she highlights Joe Klein (Primary Colors) observations in Time:
  • And yet there was something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism--"We are the ones we've been waiting for"--of the Super Tuesday speech and the recent turn of the Obama campaign. "This time can be different because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different. It's different not because of me. It's different because of you." That is not just maddeningly vague but also disingenuous: the campaign is entirely about Obama and his ability to inspire. Rather than focusing on any specific issue or cause--other than an amorphous desire for change--the message is becoming dangerously self-referential. The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is.

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