The Cultural, Political, and Poetic Musings of Larry R. Carter
Sunday, January 18, 2009
What's Up Doc?
(a better late than never post)
Rush Limbaugh said of John McCain's antics at the recent Tennessee debate: He looked like Yosemite Sam after the dynamite failed to go off." Let's take that observation a step further: If McCain is Yosemite Sam - and the shoe fits - then Barack Obama must be Bugs Bunny. For who, of all cartoon characters, is cooler than Bugs. (And who, of all the presidential candidates has been as cool as Barack?)
In the simplest terms, this analogy captures the soul of these two campaigns - one man, desperate and cantankerous, and willing to try anything to win; the other uncannily self-assured, and in that way, reasurring, even in a time of financial crisis. Even so, the wiry Obama, just the other day, sent out this stern warning to McCain, and to the others, lest they take his mild-mannered demeanor for a weakness: "We will not throw the first punch, but we will throw the last."
And what does Bugs say when the dynamite does go off? "Of course you know, this means war."