I just ran across this whilst weeding my hard drive. I took it down some time ago but think it oughtta go back up. It's prescient as hell, for one thing, and has some damned fine writing for another. If I do say so myself . . .
Friday, August 1, 2008
So, see, what the Right is doing is calling Obama 'the Messiah,' 'Lord and Savior,' 'The Anointed One,' and even 'Jesus.' All the RightWingNut radio wackos are on the same page: Limbaugh, Hannity, Ingraham. Limbaugh and Hannity even read the same script on the same day: a quasi-biblical tale of Obama's 'life' that was a cross between those of Moses (see McCain's latest, laughable ad) and Jesus.
(Who sends them this stuff? You know damned well they don't think it up independently because they are all in unison and they're not that bright or creative--all they can do is read prepared scripts. Who's the scriptwriter? Hmmmm. . . ?)
All of this is an effort to enrage the religious Right (and that part of it is working); they act as though Obama has made pretensions to divinity when he has not at all; it is being attributed to him as a form of slander by his attackers. They are overreaching because they have so little to say in a positive sense about McCain; all they can do is slime Obama's character and personality (not his policies) as much as possible.
And they have nothing to work with, McCain has nothing to work with, hence the other tack: comparing Obama to Spears and Hilton. (Which is it, guys, Savior or Slut? You can't have it both ways). What they can't stand is that there is nothing to attack: Obama is extremely bright, got into and through Harvard without help, and can string intelligible, intelligent sentences together on the fly without reading off cue cards a la Bush. He is also morally unassailable, unlike the BushBoys who have presided over the most corrupt, illegal, immoral, devious, financially irresponsible, cynical, arrogant (yes, RightWingers, ARROGANT), and criminal administration since Warren Harding. Even Nixon was a saint in comparison (never thought I'd say that).
And he coolly regards his slandering attackers--especially the increasingly desperate McCain folks--with pity. He refuses to play their game.
But here's what they really can't stand: Obama is good looking, has a beautiful family, is a fine athlete (I do believe he's an even better shooter than I am from 18 feet), is utterly calm under fire, unlike the SplutteringGigglingChimp and the OldWhiteGuy, and he has a delightful sense of humor (which is all his latest 'race card' remark was--humor--but the Right has no humor, so wouldn't know). These latter attributes are unforgivable. The Right would give anything-- anything--to have such a candidate; they are green with envy, red with rage and cowardly yellow in their attacks as a result.
Obama is really cool, you see. Who would you rather shoot some hoop with and then suck up some suds afterwards? Who would you rather have a dinner conversation with? Who achieved what he has on his own, without inheriting it (Bush) or marrying it (McCain), making him very much like the majority of us?
No, listen now:
The Right is all too aware that Obama is not Divine; that is not their problem. Their problem is that he is so beautifully human.
They hate him for that and that alone.