Wednesday, June 04, 2008

How Did Obama Win? Why, Greek Mythology, Of Course

If you think the slobbering media idolatry has been bad during the primaries, you likely haven't seen anything yet.

The AP's resident bobby-soxer, Nedra Pickler, comes up with a doozy, relating a tale of Greek mythology to Barack Obama.

Why, he sprouted wings and learned how to fly.
To understand how Barack Obama won the presidential primary, you have to look at what he learned when he lost.

Obama defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton solidly in the Iowa caucuses in January, but five days later she beat him, painfully and unexpectedly, in New Hampshire. That loss showed him that toppling the royal family of Democratic politics would not come easily.

"I think this was meant to be," Obama said privately the next day, recalls adviser David Axelrod. "I think we were flying too close to the sun, like Icarus. When you're fighting for change, it's not supposed to be easy."

In Greek mythology, Icarus' father gives him wax wings that empower him to fly, but warns of the danger in soaring too high. Obama got similar warnings. When he arrived in Washington, Senate dean Robert Byrd cautioned him not to be in too much of a rush to leave for the White House.

But like Icarus, Obama wouldn't heed his elder's advice. Icarus would crash into the sea. Obama would learn from his own crash in New Hampshire and make history.
Good grief.
In Obama's victory speech, he gleefully responded to those who said he shouldn't reach for the sun.

"They said our sights were set too high," Obama said. "They said this country was too divided, too disillusioned to ever come together around a common purpose."

He didn't notice his wings were melting.
I suspect his wings will soon be clipped.

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