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    Why is Chris Matthews portraying Obama as “The Other”?

    Why is Chris Matthews portraying Obama as “The Other”?

    How often have we heard that portraying Obama as out of touch with the American people constitutes a racially tinged and undertoned use of Otherness?

    Just the other day Rick Perry was accused of invoking Otherness when he said Obama had been privileged:

    Rick Perry, seeking to paint  President Obama with an “otherness” brush from most Americans, described  him in terms that aren’t usually used to describe him: “Privileged.”

    So what to make of this brutal takedown of Obama by none other than Chris Matthews (who by the way had called on Obama to release his birth certificate).

    If this isn’t an attempt to use Otherness, then what is? (h/t Verum Serum):

    I don’t have a sense that he’s ever had a meeting.  I hear stories that you will not believe, not a single phone call since the last election.  They don’t call, he never calls, that’s the message.  Members of Congress, I keep asking, when did you hear from him last?  He doesn’t like their company.

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    I caught a comment (somewhere) that asked the question, “what is Chris Matthews’ obsession with JFK ?
    Quick answer, Chris Matthews’s man-crush of a biography, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.

    Those who subscribe to cults of personality swing between tingling and crushing disappointment.

    It’s natural to be disappointed in Obama, because he’s done badly (and has bad ideas anyway).

    But merely being disappointed is not a sign of proper disappointment. It really matters why one is disappointed. If Matthews’ disappointment is natural, it’s only natural in the way cultists are disappointed when their Dear Leader fails to wow them with stunning exploits of wisdom.

    Opponents of Obama are not my allies if their opposition is one of disappointed utopianism. This kind of “enemy of my enemy” is no friend if he merely turns his eager eye to some new putative miracle worker.

    Disappointed utopians are really the only kind at all. They imagine the problem is the objects of their hope, rather than the unrealistic hope they attach to those they deem the vanguards.

    So another utopian wakes up from the dream. Who cares, unless the idiot can stay awake and keep his rosy glasses off his face?


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