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The Disturbing Cult of Obama

Previously, Izzy mentioned novelist Michael Chabon's emotional Barack Obama endorsement in the Washington Post.  This was the aspect of it that most piqued my ire: Because I have come out publicly for the senator from Illinois, I am often called … Read More

By / February 5, 2008

Previously, Izzy mentioned novelist Michael Chabon's emotional Barack Obama endorsement in the Washington Post.  This was the aspect of it that most piqued my ire:

Because I have come out publicly for the senator from Illinois, I am often called upon to listen as people offer up — with wistfulness and regret, or with a pundit's show of certainty, or with a well-earned but useless skepticism — their bad reasons for not giving Obama their support. For a long time now, I have listened to these people with forbearance and with a sense of duty — not to some principle of open debate or of the inherent merit in the free exchange of even meritless ideas, but rather out of obligation to the candidate whose cause I champion.

Because Obama appears to be a patient, forbearing man with a gift for listening, I figured I owed it to him to play the thing his way.

Thus does Michael Chabon admit that he's only paying attention to opposing political views out of deference to the man he thinks would want him to act this way — and that man would be president of the United States.

You can read the entire op-ed for yourself and tell me if there are any coherent explanations for why Barack Obama is the best candidate. All I come away with is a parade of nostrums and what Irving Howe once called a "dithyrambling" style founded on sheer emotion. Apparently, Ayelet Waldman, Chabon's wife, is just as over the moon about Barack, which has this useless skeptic wondering if she'd throw Michael and the kids under the bus to save the Moshiach from the South Side.

Hillary Clinton is the crier, but lawn-watering blubbery and histrionics are becoming all too characteristic among Obama supporters. Check out the "Yes, We Can" video below, which someone might have been good enough to edit before posting it on YouTube.

Two questions:

1. When did the kitsch title of Sammy Davis Jr.'s autobiography become the campaign slogan of the season?

2. Why is the personality cult the only alternative for liberals to the "lesser of two evils" argument?

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