Wednesday, January 31, 2007

the obvious slips out, again

Kos is blogging racism (note the purge reflex as well):
Really, if we live in a just world, this will be the end of Joe Biden's political career. On Barack Obama:
    “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

"Articulate". "Mainstream". "Bright and clean".

It's clear his career has dragged on one election cycle too many.

The racist marketing sensibility rears its ugly head (perversely proud, almost, for being "honest" in spite of the "PC police"). If only the purge and punish reflex were sufficient, for 'justice' to be done.

But Kos is right. By themselves such ritual purging refexes/spectacle/sacrificial indemnifications/so on will never result in closure, nor the much-needed focus on the future. But it occurs to me they might be one important step; the problem as always is not taking them seriously enough. The oldest route to which always and forever being pantomiming repetition with self-satisfying declarations utterly beside the point.

Update: on Obama, political hobbiest dc has long had his speculations:
I believe this op-ed by Gloria Steinem reinforces my suspicion that Clinton and Obama have a deal to make him her Veep candidate. It's only the latest of several carefully worded op-eds the Times has run on the Hillary v. Barack question, but it's the closest yet to suggesting a joint ticket.

It stops short, of course. Not quite the right moment yet.

Such was politics, in 2008.

-allegory courtesy of Vitro Nasu

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