THE CHI-CHI'S MESSIAH
trouble choosing your presidential candidate? Here's a sports analogy
that has helped many thinking people: Hillary (HRC) is a quarterback --
hands on, experienced and running the game; Barack [BO] is a cheerleader
-- flashy and entertaining to the onlookers. The cheerleader induces excitement
but it~Rs the quarterback that knows how to get the job done.
Finally some of
the media are actually reporting that the huge BO crowds they rave about
are actually made up of a majority of those not qualified or old enough
to vote --the old bobby-soxers of yore and are mostly held at colleges
to get the crowds. His so-called movement and the weirdness of some of
his discourse are also getting a closer look by some columnists.
Joe Klein (Time)
wrote, "And yet there was something just a wee bit creepy about the
mass messianism -- 'We are the ones we've been waiting for' -- of the Super
Tuesday speech and the recent turn of the Obama campaign."
Jake Tapper [Political
Punch] wrote of Obama's supporters: "Inspiration is nice. But some
folks seem to be getting out of hand. It's as if (former Senate Majority
Leader) Tom Daschle (D-SD) descended from on high saying, "Be not
afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be
to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of Chicago
a Savior, who is Barack the Democrat." Concluding the post, Tapper
compared Obama supporters to followers of Charles Manson.
Paul Krugman asks:
"Why, then, is there so much venom out there? I won't try for fake
evenhandedness here: most of the venom I see is coming from supporters
of Mr. Obama, who want their hero or nobody. I'm not the first to point
out that the Obama campaign seems dangerously close to becoming a cult
of personality. We've already had that from the Bush administration -
remember Operation Flight Suit? We really don't want to go there again."
-- Hate Springs Eternal http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/11/opinion/11krugman.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&or
It takes a French
idiom -- chi-chi -- to adequately describe the "Obamaphiles",
the members of "the Cult of Obama." Chi-chi
literally means, "curl of false hair". The English definition
of chi-chi is, "showily or affectedly elegant or trendy; pretentious".
Which brings to
mind the Republican phrase of a few years back, "tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing,
hippie, tie-dyed liberals. This is because these BO-philes are the trendy,
multi-tasking, wine/Starbuck drinking, Fountain-of-Youth seeking liberals.
They are easily seduced by anyone they think might hold the keys to the
mythical Fountain, and relieve them of the awful burden of thinking for
Make no mistake
about it. The 5000-pound gorilla in the race is race. When 80+% of the
African American votes go to an African American, it's because of race
and no one dares to talk about it except for a few real journalists. HRC
has been hamstrung from saying anything about her opponent while the media
has relentlessly pummeled her on his behalf with constant gender bashing.
If it were not for
this almost total racial support, BO would not have won several states.
If it were not for the prohibition against criticizing him, there would
be no movement. If the media treated HRC equally, the total delegate count
would be much different.
Bill Press observed
that the "media is declaring open season on the Clintons. In contrast
to fawning reports about Obama crowds, every story about the Clinton campaign
is sprinkled with snide, critical, even crude, comments about Hillary or
Bill. Now not even Chelsea is spared."
ANY criticism of
BO is considered racial. Already, spokespersons for the BO campaign have
stopped just short of predicting riots if BO is defeated. The mean-stream
media back away from commenting on it, yet freely and gleefully present
the Clintons as pimping out their daughter, Chelsea. This ban on BO critiquing
may not bother you now, but just think how you'll have to watch your tongue
if he gets elected.
It doesn't have
to be a racial slur, or wording. Cartoonists will not be allowed to make
unattractive Negroid sketches of him as they have always done when illustrating
women. As long as African Americans in this country are offended, the threat
is there and he is protected. The chi-chi's messiah will be ordained
and it will be too late for democracy, because freedom of speech has capitulated
But maybe that won't
happen. Bush has started the 9/11 trials that are sure to influence the
general election. More people than ever are now expecting Bush to declare
a state of emergency, an October-surprise, so a Repug will win and preserve
his legacy in Iraq.
If BO were the Dem
Party nominee, he would lose big as the Bush-induced fear would cause the
country to turn toward the more experienced, proven, seasoned, competent
and Republican standard-bearer, Senator McCain..
2008 Renee T. Louise and Ruth M. Sprague, Ph.D. These articles may be republished
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