Are you in?

The grandiosity which would have repelled voters in the past has now become more acceptable, and even welcomed. The crowd gazes at Obama, as if into a well, and sees itself reflected back. We don’t vote the Democratic ticket so much as identify with a leader we are asked to think of as “My Obama.” For some reason, one didn’t hear about “My Truman” in 1948. I don’t say that voters back then were pillars of republican virtue, but I do think they would have found the 2008 Obama icons—the Obama logo, the Hope picture—more than a little creepy. If we don’t feel that way today, it’s because we live in a different country.

via Are you in? by Frank Buckley – The New Criterion.

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