Sunday, 4 May 2008

The self-fulfilling prophet of doom

Well, our old friend Jeremiah Wright continues to make waves. I hoped that Obama's denunciation, rejection, repudiation, abhorrence, recantation, apostasy, and disassociation would be enough. But Obama is still very much on the defensive.

The Chicago Tribune sees the mad pastor as motivated by self-interest rather than pride. If America isn't the bigoted nation that Wright grew up in then what is his raison d'etre? It must be terrible to build a congregation on the basis of hatred and dispossession only to realise that your oppressors are not so scared and angry or so oppressive any more. I think this theory holds more than my frivolous Obi-Wan Kenobi metaphor.

In the same post, I suggested that Star Wars metaphors are cliched and geeky. They are. But this clip, linked to by Pickled Politics, takes the reference to a whole new level. Of course, Obi-Wan is Abraham Lincoln- that other gangly, skinny, Congresman from Illinois- rather than Jeremiah Wright. Enjoy.

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