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September 22, 2008

From Obama Girl to Osmethe Rants

-Patrick S Lasswell

Since when are primal screams “Presidential?”

In little over a year we've seen Barack Obama's supporters and friends go from the delightfully salacious “Obama Girl” to Osmethne rants like this:

Every white woman I know is positively horrified.”

“Wait, that's not exactly true. It's more accurate to say that every thoughtful or liberal or intuitive or open-minded white woman I know worth her vagina monologue and her self-determination and two centuries of nonstop striving for equal rights and sexual freedom and exhaustive patriarchal unshackling is right now openly horrified, appalled at what the addition of shrill PTA hockey-mom Sarah Palin seems to have done for the soggy, comatose McCain campaign — that is, make it not merely remotely interesting and melodramatic, but aggressively hostile to, well, to all intelligent women everywhere.”


While I'm certain that the Ndebele tribe** in Zimbabwe has intelligent women, I rather doubt they are feeling a vice-like squeeze on their liberties and aspirations from the McCain-Palin campaign in Africa; at least in comparison to the grinding poverty and political oppression that Robert Mugabe's policies bring. Real people have real problems, and it appears that a lot of Barack Obama's supporters have real difficulty managing stress, confrontation, fact, perspective, and coherence. While I'm sure any number of McCain-PALIN! supporters have similar issues, they aren't the ones screaming like their hair is on fire all the time these days.

This election is not the end of the world. There are going to be difficult and perilous times ahead, regardless of who gets elected. Regrettably, one side in this election is making their candidate appear like he couldn't manage the stress of leadership in an online role-playing game, and they couldn't handle the stress of followership.

If Barack Obama wants to be serious about leading this country, he should take some time to start leading his supporters. Right now his campaign's efforts to “energize the base” look a lot more like they are trying to stampede cattle. While that is certainly exciting in a number of ways, it doesn't get you elected with a sustainable mandate.

Note: I created this blog to be more of a consultant's diary and less of a political opinion swamp. I consider this to be good management advice for the Obama campaign and its followers. While I'm certain it will be rancorously accepted, it is not offered with any hostility. Put down the cattle prods and look around. You have nothing to lose but the bullshit on your shoes.

*Second Note: I really wish this was a satire, but Mark Morford got paid money by a large media organization to lose his mind on print. Nobody at the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board looked up and stopped this from getting published.

**Third Note: I picked the Ndebele tribe in Zimbabwe with Robert Mugabe at random, please insert any of the following if it clears your head and helps you function: B'hai women in Iran with Ahmadinejad; Korean women in North Korea with Kim Jong Il, Miss Scalett in the Conservatory with Professor Plum.

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