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The Crisis of the Obama Cult

Posted on | November 29, 2013 | 58 Comments

“Obama: Anatomy of a World Leader,” by Alex Gray (detail)

Ace nailed it the other day:

[T]he Liberal Chattering Classes are facing a question now: “Will my reputation and sense of pride survive Obama’s incompetence?”
And: “How absurd am I willing to make myself in order to cover up for this arrogant buffoon’s incompetence?”
Some people may begin to peel off — not because they’re not in-the-tank partisan shills, mind you, but because they’re in-the-tank partisan shills who still have some functioning sense of self-respect left in them.
They are beginning to realize that loving Obama means, in the end, hating yourself. You have to sacrifice everything for him — your honesty, your integrity, your autonomy. Your reputation, your legacy, your pride.
His incompetence and deceit are at such a level that he will not permit you to support him and retain a shred of self-respect for yourself.
Devotion to Obama requires destruction of the self. Obama is a jealous Messiah, and will not permit you to love anything else — even yourself.

Josh Marshall has gone all-in on self-abnegation. Other cultists may be less willing to “step out on faith” so boldly. Remember that the phrase “drink the Kool-Aid” is a reference to the means of mass suicide at Jonestown. And remember that Jim Jones was a leftist.