So, two Obi-Wans walk into a bar…

28 08 2008

“If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

I have been struggling to find a way to characterize the situation between the Obama and Clinton supporters. I still haven’t found an satisfying explanation for the recovering-codependant behavior, but this ain’t bad:

“There is a unacknowledged immaturity about the Obama faction that many parents among us will recognize. Here’s the money quote:

The deep problem of Obama’s campaign is that he and his supporters do not want to face the political reality of their own conflicting desires. They both want to sweep to victory in November and they want to purge the party of anything connected to the Clintons, which includes all of the voting contituencies represented by that amazing and talented duo. The failure of the Unity Pony stems directly from that fantasy of majority status without majority support and the political work and compromises that go with cultivating that support. Thus, their model for unity is unanimity through elimination, purging the ranks of the unclean and unbelievers.

They will not acknowledge that Hilalry is a legitimate political actor and reduce her to an inhuman monster and enemy. They will not acknowledge that her supporters have sound, rational reasons for our support, and reduce us to mindless fools and spoils of war. They shift blame for their own choices and actions onto us and expect that we will cater to their whims.

Like adolescents, they insist on making their own decisions and yet expect us to get them out of a jam later. They hate us because of who we are and yet they need us in order for them to get what they want. And the superdelegates are the too permissive parents who are giving in to them because they can’t handle the screaming and guilt trips that will follow if they don’t.”

There is a sort of “your continuing campaign is ridiculous and your supposed legions are insignifcant, but for the love of god please support Obama” reality right now.

Other metaphors:

“Stop being so selfish and pay attention to me!”
“Hey – no cuts! It doesn’t matter where you are in line – so don’t get in front of me.”