The worldwide left is clearly alarmed that Barack Obama's campaign appeared derailed by Sarah Palin's emergence as a cultural icon representing all that they despise. As a result, they are pulling out all the stops to celebrate Obama and denigrate the opposition.
Woody Allen, still embraced by many on the left despite disgracing himself with his step-daughter, now instructs the world that "It would be a disgrace and a humiliation if Barack Obama does not win." Of course, he said this in a chi-chi European resort, San Sebastian. Barack Obama is to become the source of a musical play in London's West End. I am relieved to know that the Styrofoam columns from Invesco Field may be recycled as stage settings overseas. I have argued, in fact, that Obama is best understood as a showman - someone who creates the appearance of being intelligent, charismatic, attractive, caring, etc. But like other showmen, when he doesn't have a good script on the teleprompter, he falters. Meanwhile, a sculptor named Daniel Edwards, previously known for a 25 foot bust of Fidel Castro and a sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth, has taken upon himself the task of sculpting a bust of Michelle Obama in a style reminiscent of African sculpture, complete with exposed breasts (cropped from the picture below -- original is viewable here). I find Edwards' choice of subject matter most revealing. In fact I remember quite a bit of criticism when a McCain ad likened Obama's celebrity to that of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Castro as an object of adoration by Edwards tells us a lot, too. I am more convinced than ever that the cultural left's adoration of Obama will backfire with American voters, sick of the drumbeat of hatred for America by those showmen and artists who fashion themselves of superior intellect.
Hat tip: Dale Kratsch