Posted on | September 7, 2011 | 5 Comments
Ed Driscoll, emphasis mine:
By last month though, Obama was reduced to shadowing the GOP presidential candidates in the Darth Vader Battle Bus and posing for pictures at the NOAA war room, complete with his plastic name tag on his desk reminding voters — and by now, maybe Obama himself — that he’s still the POTUS. Roger Kimball described the latter photo-op as Obama’s Dukakis in the Tank moment. Totaled-up, last month’s efforts really did make all of the 2008-era imagery look even sillier in retrospect; a zillion dollar Cecil B. DeMille biblical production as reimagined by the producers of Airplane. Surely you can’t be serious, Mr. President.
Interestingly, if you get the Police Squad DVD, Leslie Nielsen notes in an interview that the reason the same slapstick comedy which succeeded for Airplane failed for Police Squad was because in the television format, you actually have to watch the show. For a movie, you’ve bought into being attentive by sitting down; however, either the TV audience is less committed or of lower caliber.
Politics ain’t comedy. The lesson of 2008 is that you can put on a spectacle and win an election. You hold the public attention by being ‘shiny’. The fact that the same spectacle fails to unfold properly when stretch out to a full-on Administration is the fault of neither the predecessor nor the audience. Rather, it’s the abjectly moronic notion that spectacle is politics. Spectacle requires something shiny, not leadership. As we are now witnessing, failure, too, is a form of spectacle. Or kabuki, if you like.
Maybe that’s the only trick this pony knows.