Callling on people to “Hope” whatever that means, and to leave behind the politics of “smallness,” whatever that means, Barack Obamawas met with a resounding welcome at the DNC Winter Meeting yesterday despite his campaign’s apparent lack of understanding that he needed to make a big showing in front of the nation’s most highpowered group of democratic activists and politicians. Unlike other candidates like the Borg Queen and John Edwards, Obama’s operation looked raggedy. They had too much going on accross the potomac at George Mason University in Virginia at a massive rally that could have been held another day.
The Borq Queen and John Edwards had their happy partisans in place with t-shirts and signs. Even a longshot like Chris Dodd had people in place. The Borq Queen and John Edwards even have video up on their websites and Chris Dodd has photos. The safe Negro has nothin’ posted that I can see.
A thought occurred to me that with all of his “earnest”musing about “Hope” and “Smallness” that Barack Obama is the political equivalent of John Coffey in The Green Mile, a magical Negro that everyone seeks to touch to be healed of their afflictions. The crowd visibly strained closer to Obama as he alighted from the dias to work the front. In the movie, John Coffey says “I’m tired of people being ugly to each other. I’m tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There’s too much of it. It’s like pieces of glass in my head all the time,”Obama evokes the same divinely inspired feelings when he exhorts us end the “smallness” of our political culture.
Too bad that what he offers up is focus grouped pablum that leaves the status quo undisturbed. The ablity to repackage and inspire people into believing in the same racist status quo is really a magical power I hope brotha Obama looses.