Monday, April 27, 2009

The Borat of American Politics

As I observe the spectacle of Obama undermining the national security establishment of his own country, while continuing his generally insulting behavior and comments toward that country, I feel a sense of deja vu.

I've seen this sort of thing before, but where?

Was it while reading Martha Stout's "The Sociopath Next Door"? Well, there are certainly some things in that book which resonate. But no, that's not quite it.

And then it hits me.

This man is the Borat of American politics.

He gets in through a combination of obsequiousness, deceptiveness and, perhaps, people feeling a bit sorry for him (oppressed minorities and all that).

He and his entourage then start taking advantage of the tolerant and kind-natured people who let him in, by "accidentally" breaking things they value, constantly insulting them while smiling ever so politely, and not much later presenting them, in their own homes, with a bag of ... well, if you've seen the film, you know what it was.

I fear we shall see more, and ever larger, such bags presented to the American people as long as this man and his friends remain in office.

Addendum: It appears that at least one other person has noticed these similarities.

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