Man 1: Did you see any of the movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars?
Man 2: Nah.
Man 1: Yeah. There wasn't an Obama movie, one that everybody could like.
I've been watching more TV than usual. I'm struck at how many of my fellow pundits still haven't grasped what is going on out there. They keep using their old devices and tropes to describe something actually new. Last night, I watched Hannity say the word "black" pejoratively about half a dozen times in expressing his fear and loathing of the Obama phenomenon. It was like listening to Lou Dobbs talk about Hispanics. You could see he thinks this is going to work. When Kristol is reduced to actually saying "the politics of fear" rather than simply exploiting it, you realize that the Obama campaign has not just discombobulated Clinton. It has discombobulated the pundit class. You even hear long-time defenders of the Bush Republicans talk darkly about big government if Obama gets in - as if they didn't love it for the past seven years, as if they give a shit about the size of government outside election campaigns.
They didn't see it coming. They still have no clue what they're grappling with. By the time they do, it may well be over.
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