Sunday, April 6, 2008

Get some Attytood

I've recently discovered a blog after my own heart. It's by Will Bunch, senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News. The blog is called Attytood.

The blog has a scope similar to American Pundit Fighting. It talks about the presentation & psychology of politics and punditry, the only difference being I use the analogy of Pro-wrestling to prove my point. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether that makes my blog better or not.

Below are two of his most recent and relevant posts:
1) Barack Obama as re-imagined by Time's Joe Klein April 3, 2008
Perhaps the most appealing thing about Obama's candidacy -- even if you're not a supporter -- is his notion that thought-free token patriotism, in the form of lapel pins and the like, can be replaced with love not for symbols but for true American ideals -- like opportunity for all, and basic human and Constitutonal rights, the ideas that caused those supporters to chant "U-S-A, U-S-A."

I recently posted about Obama's concerted effort to transcend symbols in how he is running his campaign. Read here: Obama - A 'no symbol' symbolic candidacy.

2) Time to retire "the E-word" April 2, 2008
Well, you knew this was coming, didn't you? Maureen dropped the E-bomb -- as in "effete" -- on Barack Obama, because, well, God knows we wouldn't want the Democrats to break their streak of nominating candidates ineligible for the White House because of their lack of machismo. would we?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Dukakis in the tank, Kerry windsurfing -- God knows the Republicans would never put up that kind of dork to be our commander-in-chief. Well, except for....

I've talked before about Maureen Dowd's MO, her penchant for framing candidates through their manliness.
Read my previous posts on Maureen but particularly the issue of framing candidates through the narrow prism of persona here:
- Maron VS Seder VS Ana Marie Cox
- Maureen Dowd and American Pundit Fighting
- The Rise and Rise of Mike Huckabee (part 3 of 3)

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