To those involved, Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign seemed like a transformative moment; the candidate was able to harness people's energy in a way many young Democrats had never seen before. Now, the enthusiasm of the Obama base is noticeably dimmer. What happened? Evert Cilliers at 3 Quarks Daily offers an answer--though at times it reads less like an analysis of political trends and more like a transcript of The Aristocrats. To wit:
BARACK'S FALL FROM GRACE "My name is Obama. But call me Icarus. I soared on the wings of an angel. I was the biggest star the planet had ever seen, without having to go near a guitar. I was dancing on the moon, when suddenly, the moon gathered its bowels and dropped me like a turd back on earth. Plop!"
WHAT HE DID WRONG, WITH A SWITCH TO SECOND PERSON "Between you and your fans there was a much stronger bond than a mere party-political bond. A mystical, sacred bond. But you went all secular on them and pulled out. You acted as though your base never existed. You committed the greatest act of political coitus interruptus since JFK got himself shot."
ON TRANSCENDING PARTY POLITICS "Your fans didn't vote for the Democratic Party, pal. Independents didn't vote for the Democratic Party, sonny. They voted for you, asshole. That coalition of youths Hispanics labor-union African-American progressives: the stars in their eyes blinked Obama-Obama-Obama."