On 30 October I wrote the following:
“If money is the mother’s milk of politics, symbolism is certainly the strained carrots. Or in this election, possibly the soiled diaper. The McCain campaign is branding Joe the plumber as the everyman. Yet Joe is a phony. He’s not a licensed plumber. He’s a tax cheat. He would benefit from Obama’s tax plan, yet he’s against it. He’s not unclogging anyone’s toilet these days because he’s on the stump with the McCain/Palin campaign. And now he’s got a P.R. agent and a reported country and western record deal. Joe’s most embarrassing moment may be when on 30 October 2008 John McCain said at a rally in Defiance, OH that Joe was in the audience. In defiance, Joe wasn’t there.
And then there’s Sarah Palin, hockey mom. Governor Palin is brilliant on the stump when pandering to the base. But when off script, she reveals herself to be politically incurious, unethical, corrupt and power hungry. Not what one would normally think of when thinking of a hockey mom.
Symbols are powerful in politics. They are most powerful when they reflect the truth.”
This was replaced by my rant on Daylight Savings Time. But the last sentence turned out to be particularly prescient. The election of Barack Obama is symbolic on many levels, both domestically and internationally. As such, we’ve not just elected the most competent candidate; we’ve elected a metaphor for who we have become as a people.