Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Bench: It's the Stupidity, Stupid

There is an interesting take on Obama's appeal that Tom Mannis at The Bench, noticed in the Asia Times, of all places. A taste:

The Asia Times writer, whose pen name is simply "Spengler," is one of my favorite writers. He always hits hard, and this piece pulls no punches. Here's more (emphasis added):

There is nothing mysterious about Obama's methods. "A demagogue tries to sound as stupid as his audience so that they will think they are as clever as he is," wrote Karl Krauss. Americans are the world's biggest suckers, and laugh at this weakness in their popular culture. Listening to Obama speak, Sinclair Lewis' cynical tent-revivalist Elmer Gantry comes to mind, or, even better, Tyrone Power's portrayal of a carnival mentalist in the 1947 film noire Nightmare Alley.
Read the rest . . .

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