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Yesterday, I was talking with Corey Sciuto about the potential for the music industry to create pinnacle artists, like The Beatles or Elvis. The question hinged on the music moguls shattered hegemony of music consumers. That the intertubes had diffracted marketing and delivery of music, making the base wider of “the next big thing,” but the peak lower.
Over to politics, if you will.
Liberals are stuck in a rut. The tea party wackadoos and, now, OWS have them “all dressed up with nowhere to go.” Obama talked a great game in 2008. Though, anyone that scraped the surface of Obama clearly saw the moderate that he is. Sorry, liberals. It’s not that he lied. You projected. Albeit, had Bush and 2 decades of “Crapitalism” not crashed at Obama’s inaugural doorstep, your prince may have come. But, the economy tanked and Obama doffed his glitzy white knight facade and did what any work-a-day world leader would do. Go to the middle, if not middle right.
Liberals need a white knight. Kucinich is too short and spent. Bernie Sanders won’t cut it, but they love to watch him swing and miss. Where do the liberals put the HOPE they had all ginned up by Obama?
Even though she’s running for the Senate and not for the presidency, the early devotion to Warren recalls the ardor once felt by many for Obama. On its face, this is odd: Warren is not a world-class orator, she is not young or shiny or new, she doesn’t fizz with the promise of American possibility that made the Obama campaign pop. Instead, she’s a mild-mannered Harvard bankruptcy-law professor and a grandmother of three, a member of the older-white-lady demographic (she’s 62) that was written off in 2008 as being the antimatter of hope and change.
And yet, on a deeper level, her popularity makes perfect sense. Embracing Warren as the next “one” is, in part, a way of getting over Obama; she provides an optimistic distraction from the fact that under our current president, too little has changed, for reasons having to do both with the limitations of the political system and the limitations of the man. She makes people forget that estimations of him were too overheated, trust in his powers too fervid. As the feminist philanthropist Barbara Lee told me of Warren, “This moment of disillusion is why people find her so compelling, because she brings forth the best in people and she brings back that excitement.”
… Warren was swarmed by a trio of college students. There was actual shrieking. When I observed to Warren that she has fangirls, she replied, “I know,” with a self-assuredness that female candidates have often found difficult to convey.
“It makes me feel very responsible,” she said as she watched the young women disappear into the night. “Very excited, but very responsible.”
If I hope something, it is that Liz understands that when she lets her supporters down, that she will not fall as far from grace, but that her broad base of supporters may not recover from it.
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