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January 29, 2008

Obamessiah Resurrected: A "Treasured Covenant" Was Passed From Kennedy To Obama

According to CBS' Harry Smith, waxing Biblical about Kennedy's endorsement.

With Obama surging in the polls, again, the press has returned to its old Obamessianic coverage. Just as previously the press looked for absurd reasons to praise Obama, they've begun doing so again -- I've misplaced the link, but a reporter was blown away by how Obama actually asked for voters' votes at a recent DC rally. Very uncommon to do that, the reporter noted, detecting healing or maybe change -- redemption, perhaps? -- in this utterly unexpected utterance.

Prematurely Martyring the Messiah: Harry Smith also frets that "agents of change" may become targets of assassins, asking Ted Kennedy about this grim possibility.

I suppose there is reason to worry. On the other hand, there is good reason to worry that the hatred on the left for George Bush imperils his life as well -- it only takes one lunatic with a rifle and a unexpectedly accurate shot to take a president's life -- but he media has long ignored this, intentionally.

The media used to fret about all the right-wing hate directed at Bill Clinton, and exposed this "underground" of poisonous thought before, but became entirely unconcerned with such unhinged venom encouraging assassins the moment George Bush was sworn into office.

Bob writes:

I know that I am certainly getting tired of their attempts to assert a mortal threat against one of the more likable people (politics aside) in this race, and wonder why more bloggers have not yet castigated the media for recycling the possibility of a threat again and again, perhaps goading an unstable person to act upon them.

This needs to stop.

I actually think the opposite: if there is hate-speech encouraging the assassination of an American figure, it should be exposed and castigated by all. I suppose the MSM has typically not done its homework here and hasn't bothered to find such dark talk, though I'm sure some exists someplace.

But after eight years of deliberately ignoring the words of those who seek to encourage assassins, how do they suddenly reverse themselves and discover "Oh yes, gee, this seems to have suddenly become a problem again"?

Holy Grail, Holy Blood: Ann Curry notes "American royalty" has blessed Obama.

This is all sounding a bit Da Vinci code -- from Jesus to the Merovingians to John F. Kennedy and now to Obama.

Change! Obama announces immediate withdrawal from Iraq if elected.

On tap for Iraq? A massive security vacuum. For Afghanistan? A security build-up, sure to be popular with the leftist base. Itís a quirk of Iraqi and Afghan cultures that the latter, like Bosnia, does best within a traditional occupation model while the former tends to flourish from being returned very suddenly to a quasi-Hobbesian state of nature.

Or maybe itís not a question of culture or strategy at all but a simple function of each warís respective popularity...

Iraq is unpopular and thus does not need a surge; Afghanistan is comparatively popular and hence a surge is just what is needed.

Iraq is unpopular and therefore "killing terrorists there just makes more of them;" Afghanistan is relatively more popular and thus terrorists there do not possess this hydra-like quality, and hence we can kill them without worry about "making more of them."

A cynic like Allah thinks that there is really no difference between the two wars except the Democrats' desire to lose one while pretending to care about winning the other.

I know better.

Obama's gonna heal me.

Too Many White People and Women on Mega Tuesday? If we assume the Democrats are largely picking their candidate based on identity politics -- which is mostly true -- the demographics of Mega Tuesday seem to favor Hillary.

As Bill Clinton said, approximately, "Hey, Jesse Jackson won South Carolina too, and he was a darkie. Apparently so is Obama. Have you heard that? Turns out he's not white. Go figure."

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