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Friday, August 08, 2008



I totally missed all the Left Behind stuff in the ad - but then, I have studiously avoided that particular series. Honestly, I thought it was funny - maybe because I'm not exactly surprised that his campaign has headed gutter-ward and because it was sort of goofy. I think it will only work on those who were never going to vote for Obama anyway. It looks bit amateurish, and un-Presidential.

And this has been bugging me for quite some time: "We are the ones we have been waiting for" is clearly a reference to Alice Walker's book "We are the ones we have been waiting for: LIght in a Time of Darkness." - a book of essays aimed at activist-y types that mostly makes the point that it's up to all of us to work for change and live in integrity. Alice Walker is not exactly an obscure author, and yet I haven't heard anyone in the media mention her in the entire campaign, despite the prevalence of this particular phrase. Between MIchelle Obama and Oprah, there's no way that phrase isn't an entirely intentional hat tip to Ms. Walker. This does not relate directly to McCain's ad, but sometimes the media's incompetence bugs me.

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