The wolfpack of Neo-Conservative pundits have been circling the Presidential primaries for months now, waiting, as the weaker candidates were slowly weeded out. Apparently now they have decided on their victims and are closing in for the kill. This week they launched their attack on Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. The indignant horror of said pundits was obvious as they described what they saw as the audacity of plagiarism committed by the Obamas in using lines from speeches given by other people (who happened to be friends of the family).
"Here we go again," I thought. Let's expect a rerun of the Clinton presidency with the Neo-Cons rabidly dissecting the lives of the First Family on a daily basis, salivating over every tiny miscalculation or mistake they make. Maybe this time will be different because the Obamas are different. They seem more like real people. Their mistake in quoting lines from friends without attributing them to their source is something you or I or anyone else might do. A professional speech writer would never make the mistake of doing tha,t so maybe the Obamas are speaking from their own minds and hearts – and that is a big part of their huge appeal with all sorts of Americans. They are a breath of fresh air from the plastic, scripted world of politics that we are so used to and so tired of.
McCain seems to be the Republican candidate this time around and the Neo-Cons are grudgingly accepting him. Their man was Mitt Romney of course but, since the American people appear to think differently, they have been slowly warming to McCain. Especially since he has been seeming to gravitate to their way of thinking.
My first clue of this change in John McCain was something he said during a speech the other day. I don't remember the exact quote, only that he used the word "Evildoers" when referring to the terrorist threat. To me that was just creepy. Why? Because it just isn't a term that is in common usage in America today. Or at least it wasn't before the Neo-Con/Evangelical branch of the Republican Party coined it. In fact, I have heard very few of even that carbon copy bunch use the term. It is undeniably a "Bushism".
This creepy term was used by Nell, a character played by Jodie Foster in the movie of the same name. In that film, Nell was someone who had been reared in secret by her mother in the backwoods of North Carolina after being conceived due to a rape. She was so backward that she couldn't even speak understandable English. When she said it the word "evildoers" sounded like "eve-duhs".
Every time I heard Bush use the word it called to mind a picture of a semi-retarded backwoods girl, and it was very hard for me to take him seriously. Now we have John McCain using the same word without attributing it to President Bush or to Jodie Foster or to Mark Handley (who wrote the play) or to William Nicholson (who wrote the screenplay). Isn't that a worse sort of plagiarism than what the pundits are accusing Barack and Michelle Obama of? Either way, when McCain said "Eve-duhs" the other day the same image came to mind and I just grinned and shook my head.