January 23rd, 2008

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Obama on his heels

Rachel Maddow right now is lecturing upon Barack Obama’s failure to on offense against the ‘Hussein Osamabama is a ‘‘Madrassa-trained’’ Islamic Terrorist’ swiftboating. She is talking about how, essentially, Obama should find the people responsible and hand them over to stormlorde for a public gelding.

There, she’s finished. I came in on the middle of this and so only caught the later parts. Perhaps I’ll dredge up the podcast and cut the stuff out. And I’m going to be President, too! (In my imagination.)

Rachel is right, and, as Mike Malloy pointed out yesterday, Obama’s ability to be sucked into a childish rubber-glue match by the Clintons also portends poorly. Obama is like a deer in the headlights.

This is one of the reasons why the Rubujo is for JOHN EDWARDS FOR PRESIDENT 2008, though we aren’t very vocal about it.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Obama and Reagan

I’ve thought about things some more and what Obama says about Reagan being able to redirect the nation is a way of talking about Reagan’s capabilities as a demagogue. Obama seems to want to use the same techniques with different ends. This is not a good approach, even though it is ‘conventional wisdom’. It depends upon a susceptibility in people that, as Reagan seems to have shown, is without distinction between ‘good’ goals and ‘bad’. A correct approach makes a distinction and Reagan would never have succeeded with it, though Obama could if he has decent goals.

A correct approach begins with training in immunity to the Reagan-Obama approach, so that a phrase like ‘It’s morning in America’ or ‘Yes, we can!’ is received with a shrug of the shoulders or a puzzled question. JFK’s famous line would be received as a false dichotomy meant to sound patriotic. Something like FDR’s encouragement to be afraid of paralyzing, ineffable fear, on the other hand, would be received very well; good speeches may resemble psychotherapy, since the goal in either case is to facilitate healthy functioning of the human nervous system.