Democrat 's big national lead over has all but evaporated in the U.S. presidential race, and both Democrats trail , according a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.More so than other politicians, Obama's candidacy is built on the manipulation of symbolism, and with the recent imbroglio over his pastor's rants it seemed the symbols were beginning to turn against him. It's inevitable- national elections have nothing to do with policy, since policies are all determined in think tanks and NGOs and politicians really do nothing but engage in phony debates before implementing them. National elections are simply referendums on what symbols will be held sacrosanct in the national discourse.
Obama gave a speech on Tuesday rebuking his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for sermons sometimes laced with inflammatory tirades but said he could not disown him and it was time for Americans to bind the country's racial wounds.
The poll showed Obama continues to have strong support from the African-American community but that he is experiencing some slippage among moderates and independents.
Pastor Jeremiah Wright, who has become part of the national political dialogue in recent days, is viewed favorably by 8% of voters nationwide. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 58% have an unfavorable view of the Pastor whose controversial comments have created new challenges for Barack Obama's Presidential campaign....
Most voters, 56%, said Wright's comments made them less likely to vote for Obama. That figure includes 44% of Democrats. Just 11% of voters say they are more likely to vote for Obama because of Wright's comments. - Huffington Post
It's amazing how well these symbols are wielded to entice people to vote against their own interests. It's hard to believe but there are still some politicians out there holding forth about meaningless issues like flag burning and school prayer, along with more recent chimeras like Islamofascism and gay marriage. It's hilarious- the same politicians screaming about these symbols are always the ones who are always the first to sell their constituents down the river, or get caught cruising internet chatrooms for fresh chicken.
I remember reading about Evangelicals in Ohio voting against Kerry over his meaningless set of symbols while they were bearing the brunt of Bush's outsource jobs/import cheap labor policies. But perhaps they were right, Kerry would have probably continued with these policies (after all, they began in earnest under Clinton) and left them without even the comfort of Bush's empty symbolic pandering. Well, at least some half-empty Rust Belt outposts won't have all them there gays comin' in from them sin-ridden cities and gettin' married all over the place in plain view of decent folk, and draggin' in a bunch of Pottery Barn's and Subaru dealerships in their wake.
One wonders if Obama can recover from these symbolic transgressions in the general election scenario. Maybe it's all part of the script, like a political version of Rollerball. Build up a "hero of the people" so you can knock him down and put the voters in their place. But then again, McCain is the weakest GOP candidate I've seen since Ford, and it's a long, long time until November. And Obama's foes have a nasty habit of having their filthy, dirty laundry aired close to election time.