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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Republic of Gilead


Your love keeps liftin’ me higher
Than I’ve ever been lifted before

So keep it up, yeah, quench my desire

And I’ll be at your side forevermore

--Your Love Lifted Me Higher
,
Auto Adrenaline


I'm looking for a miracle man

That tells me no lies

--Miracle Man
, Ozzy Osbourne

I can really do wonders, I can,

If you've got the misery,

Bring your misery to me,

I'm that Hi-De-Ho Miracle Man!

--The Miracle Man
, Cab Calloway

I am the way, the truth, and the life

--John 14:6

___________

Luuu-ceee! Remember Ricky's plaintively imploring yet reprimanding calls to his wife, Lucy? And how Lucille Ball managed to wend her way into getting whatever it was she wanted anyway, by pumping up Ricky's ego? Flash-forward 50 years and I find myself lost in any I Love Lucy script.

Obama cuts a retro figure, reminiscent of the well-spoken Malcolm X in dress and manner. And the women who flock to him serve in a behind-the-scenes way, which is also very retro, sans the aprons. Women have been abandoning Hillary, but why?

[1] Their desire for romance. Edward Kennedy suggests in Obama a recrudescence of Camelot. Forget that Camelot never was really Camelot; that is its beauty.

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg says he reminds her of her father. Michelle Obama, Oprah, Maria Shiver and Caroline Kennedy "put on the best campaign rally" Andrew Rosenthal has seen "in 20 years of covering presidential politics ("Michelle, Maria, Caroline and Oprah on the Hustings in California.") Yes We Can campaign for a man, though he lost that one.

Three more little ladies advocated for Obama in the
Wall Street Journal ("The Obama Opportunity") -- "Ms. Napolitano (Governor of Arizona), Ms. Sebelius (Governor of Kansas) and Ms. McCaskill (D-Missouri)." (See how far we've come -- Ms. Steinem's honorific certainly has taken hold, even in a conservative paper.) The trio say we need to end "political polarization," "divisive politics" and "bitter partisanship." But Hillary is nothing if not a conciliator, so how can their stated desire tap Obama and not Hillary?

[2]
Below romance is just wanting to feel better.

Author/blogger Micki McGee says her book, Self Help, Inc., "looks at the rise of self-improvement culture as Americans have seen their economic circumstances decline." Books about feeling good are good business. If people actually did good and got better, the market would dry up.

When it comes to just feeling better on a Friday night, you are more likely to curl up with an Oprah guru, like Peter Walsh's
Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More than the current issue of The Economist.

Before psychotherapy went pop, there were lurid Gothic romances
fronting the impossible Fabio which secretaries would hide in their desks. This escapism has now gone mainstream via programs like Desperate Housewives and Nip and Tuck. You can escape to a desert island and feel your potentiality spread out before you, and of course, this impulse to escape extends to men, as well.

With Obama, the ticket to escape is your vote. He says follow him, "we will do it; we will change." He is your own personal coach, to help you work off all the bon-bons you ate while watching the latest installment of Lost. What's more, he'll tell you what to do so you won't be lost anymore.

[3] The desire for direction, which is an equal opportunity impulse.

Once coronated by Oprah, Obama had all but won the election. As goes Oprah, so goes the nation. Oprah ministers to all that may befall a human being, and has assured us that we are all o.k. just by virtue of being here. That is some powerful validation, gained just by virtue of sitting in front of the tube.

After Oprah midwifes you in your walk through the fire of your particular dysfunctions and your subsequent shower, Obama is presented as the man to lift you higher. It is all done for you, like those wonderful prewashed, precut veggies Oprah introduced to her audience. Her acolytes are on a conveyor belt, and happy to be shown the way. As in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, women are mobilized to serve the Commander.

Obama is their miracle man, mouthing platitudes cribbed from Ghandi, and Krishnamurti, and MLK. Obama is like a good DJ sampling for his mix, but he gives no credit in his mash-ups ("Finding political strength in the power of words.")

It is blatant plagiarism, but I suppose he does it because he knows his demographic so well. They apparently are unfamiliar with the sources of his many platitudes, and this general ignorance saddens me as much as Obama's disingenuousness.


[4] The media has it in for her ("Rendell: The Media Does Not Like the Clintons.")

It is glaringly obvious that any move Clinton makes will be chastised. She can never win. Slate wondered if she'd "Come Undone," 2/13. Since then other major outlets have asked why she doesn't concede in a ladylike fashion, even though the candidates are in fact running neck and neck.

Presumably, the only safe stance for her is one of silent deference, in a corner, admitting that she has been bested by a man. It is cyclical American history: black men got the vote before women. A black man will occupy the White House before a woman will.

If a women came out with the vacuous platitudes which fire 'em up at Obama rallies, she'd be roundly laughed out of the room as a pollyannaish airhead.

Hillary has been painted as passe, someone who thinks "going viral" means coming down with pneumonia. If she could only play the sax, like Bill -- do something to hook into the national pulse in a visceral way. But that is not a privilege allowed to a woman of a certain age.

I am thinking of a recent ad which showed a fit 50-ish, silver-haired woman in overalls and Doc Martens, smiling. The ad recognized the revolutionary nature of her posture vis-a vis a culture which severely slots women via age. I think the only way the model got away with it was that she was identified as an artist, and we grant them their flakiness.

Hillary has forsaken her younger revolutionary rhetoric, but if you want to hear an actual and authentic challenge to be new, read Hillary's 1969 commencement speech at Wellesley, where she challenges her listeners
"to practice with all the skill of our being/The art of making possible."

I'm no feminist, but the vitriolic coverage of Clinton vs. the glowing coverage of Obama speaks volumes. The candidate's platforms simply do not differ that much, and where they do, Hillary's bests Obama's.

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11 Comments:

Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

my personal theory on the trivialisation of politics stems from a core belief that if the american public understood what has been being done to the republic over the course of the last 40 years they would respond with violence that would make the french revolution of 1790 look like a tea party.

if things in iraq can't be sold and spun by mcCain effectively expect many missing white women.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 11:06:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Labrys said...

I started puking when the news became entertainment; now that the election is being run the same way, I am doubly disenchanted. I don't know why Clinton adopted her least effective mode of communicating; and I could give a shit who Oprah annointed. I want America to WAKE UP! (crawled out of hole briefly today)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 12:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

labrys,

Yup -- "wake up" is my motto, too.

I think Clinton was informed early on not to be too provocative, too brainy, too something, as women are always wont to do. If she could just toe the middle line, she could get voters from both sides of that line.

Unfortunately, in our eminently egotistical culture, humility was not a winning play. Grandiosity, Aimee Semple MacPherson style, is.
Poor brainy Hill just doesn't possess that verve.

All is vanity.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 12:21:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

MB,

I am glad you have that sort of faith in the electorate. I think they are fat, dumb and happy. Perhaps, as you say, IF they could understand it. . .

My concern is that the AWOL women simply will not vote at all.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 12:24:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Alex said...

Now hear this: Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States of America. Barack Obama will prove to be a Second Abraham Lincoln. Barack Obama and Lincoln were both first-term Senators when they were elected President. Barack Obama will once again bring international credibility back to the United States of America. Barack Obama will erase the 50-year-old international image of The Ugly American.

Signed, Big Al in Eustis

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 1:10:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Alex,

I believe the incidence of of bedbugs has gone down in the Northeast after Oprah's ordination. Also, I think dropsy will be eradicated as an affliction.

One woman's child was said to stop colicking following her return from an Obama rally; he needs only two more such confirmed incidents before they can put in for beatification.

I hear a waiter at a bistro Obama dined at recently found an impression of the Virgin Mary on the remaining sandwich, and will be selling it on Ebay. . .

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 3:10:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

You're on a roll, Lisa! Another good post. I love your comment to Alex. I had a good, hearty chuckle.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 9:41:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger deuddersun said...

Our sister in the American Patriot Institute, Kitchen Window Woman, wrote a great piece on Clinton, Pelosi and Fienstein. You can read it here:

http://thedishpanchronicles.blogspot.com/2008/01/clinton-pelosi-and-feinstein-three.html

Sure was an eye-opener to me.

d.

Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 8:15:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Good piece, deudderson. Thanks for the heads-up.

Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 10:47:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger deuddersun said...

Thanks Lisa. Like you, KWW hits the bullseye every time.

Gonna have to blogroll you if I haven't already. Gotta admit tho, it's time to reformat my blogroll and make it easier to find the good stuff.

d.

Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 11:05:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks, d. -- "it's time to reformat my blogroll and make it easier to find the good stuff" -- so I guess we'll be movin' on up ;)

We'll reciprocate the gesture.

Friday, February 29, 2008 at 6:53:00 PM GMT-5  

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