Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Jeff Greenfield

Commentator Jeff Greenfield recently had some curious things to say about Barack Obama's attire on CNN. He went on for quite a while but I'll cut to the meatier part of it. From Talking Points Memo:

But, in the case of Obama, he may be walking around with a sartorial time bomb. Ask yourself, is there any other major public figure who dresses the way he does? Why, yes. It is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who, unlike most of his predecessors, seems to have skipped through enough copies of "GQ" to find the jacket-and-no-tie look agreeable.

And maybe that's not the comparison a possible presidential contender really wants to evoke.


GREENFIELD: Now, it is one thing to have a last name that sounds like Osama and a middle name, Hussein, that is probably less than helpful. But an outfit that reminds people of a charter member of the axis of evil, why, this could leave his presidential hopes hanging by a thread. Or is that threads? -- Wolf.

A lot of people have been pushing the Osama and Hussein meme for a couple of weeks now. What the hell, might as well throw in that the crazy Iranian doesn't wear a tie as well.

What we have here is a collective groan, and that groan is the sound, and indeed the smell, of a collection of people from both sides of the aisle sitting in their own piss. It's because the guy is a winner, and pretty much everybody who has already thrown their name in the ring for the Oval Office are not. Expect more of this shit, though I doubt it will work. Not on this guy, not this time.

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