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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Kool-Aid Drinkers -- Pod People For O-ba-ma

Neo-Neo Con pointed me toward this video. It's really scary, cultish stuff -- she describes it as "creepy". Mindless pieties mouthed over a hypnotic, monotonous chant of Oh-Bam-Ahh. That this monstrosity features many of Hollywood and the recording industry's young stars is doubly disturbing.

It put Neo in mind of the award winning song "I Believe in You" from "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" [here]. In that song Robert Morse sings to his reflection in the mirror, "You have the cool, clear eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth/Yet with that upturned chin and the grin of impetuous youth/Oh I believe in you….” And in a very real sense Obama's calculated vagueness allows his followers to invest him with whatever qualities they desire, making the candidate an idealized reflection of themselves.

But there is another, darker association -- one that I make hesitantly because it is so common and inappropriately applied, but in this case I think it is apt.

One of Neo's readers was reminded of this: