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"Instead of the cross, the Albatross . . ."

After the Ancient Mariner slew the albatross which had brought the ship luck, he was blamed for the following disasters and forced to wear the dead bird around his neck in penance. The punishment proved no talisman for his shipmates, though:

The cold sweat melted from their limbs, Nor rot nor reek did they : The look with which they looked on me Had never passed away.

An orphan's curse would drag to hell
A spirit from on high ;
But oh ! more horrible than that
Is the curse in a dead man's eye !
Seven days, seven nights, I saw that curse,
And yet I could not die.


The full poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is at the link above.

Barack Obama can surely relate to the Ancient Mariner, now that his controversial pastor and friend, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has decided not to go gently into that good night, granting interviews with PBS' Charlie Rose and others, and agreeing to speak to the upcoming NAACP meeting. Wright has aggressively defended himself from the broad criticisms, claiming his remarks were taken out of context.

What possible "context" might make his assertions that white men and the US government had invented AIDS as a genocidal tool, or that 9/11 was just "America's chickens coming home to roost," or that "white greed blocks world need," etc., appear reasonable to normal people is unclear. Wright has evidently opted to defend his own reputation, eschewing the sacrifice to help elect the first black President. He isn't going away anytime soon.

Wright's prominent reemergence puts the lie to the mainstream media meme that Obama's "race speech" (really nothing more than artful evasion and diversion) settled the issue forever and ever, Amen. Like the Mariner's shipmates, Obama supporters are suffering a slow death from deprivation, having lost the warm adulation accorded their candidate and themselves up until recently. The shock and disbelief upon their faces recalls the "dead man's eye" almost perfectly.

"Hope" has been shattered (shadoobee, shadoobee), and "Change" denied as the slow, cold recognition spreads across the Obamanation. Their torment recalls the Mariner's own as their wails and sobbing fall unheard into the open grave of his candidacy.


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Comments (7)

So, what happens if he lose... (Below threshold)
GUYK:

So, what happens if he loses the election? Riots in the streets? Korean shop owners protecting their businesses with shotguns? Or maybe the Feds will decide that his civil rights were violated because he didn't win and sue the ones that voted against him?

I am 66 years old and for the first time in my life I have little hope for the future of what used to be a great republic. The fact that we now have a nation that supports people such as Obama and Hilary Clinton shows that we now have a nation of greedy people..those who want something for nothing and or either too greedy or too gotdam ignorant to understand that there ain't no free lunch.

I think I'll go buy another gun while I still can.

The Rev. Wright is just one... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

The Rev. Wright is just one of the albatross's around his neck.
He isn't going away and the others are coming into veiw as more details about his past associations are revealed.

GuyK, I am with you brother... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

GuyK, I am with you brother. I see the hate getting worse and worse. There has to be a tipping point. ww

Nope. Wright is spending th... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Nope. Wright is spending the weekend on an image rehabilitation tour, complete with the blessing of the Obama campaign. That's all this is. He will be soft-spoken, demure, kind and appropriately "hurt" by those meanie republicans and nasty media types. It is 3 days of pure tripe for the purpose of removing him as a subject in the fall campaign. The MSM will see it as completely successful, of course, but the American people will not forget and most will not be taken in.

The crazed ancient mariner ... (Below threshold)
epador:

The crazed ancient mariner stopped one of three guests of a wedding. Then he told his tale of woe.

I don't think Obama could relate to that.

He hasn't suffered watching the results of his stupid actions perpetrated upon others yet. Except for maybe the long-winded exhortations to a captive audience. He hasn't shot any Albatrosses yet. If elected, however, prepare for all us on board to fix him with a dead man's stare as we suffer a fate worse than the Jimmy Carter years.

Obama Damn America! ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Obama Damn America!

Obama Ridin' Dirty!

Obama's Chickens Comin' Home to Roost.

Damn Dirty Chickens Roostin' and Ridin'!!

Amen, brother.

Very nice post. Poetic.... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Very nice post. Poetic.

Well done, and "Death to..."..I mean "God Damn the US of KKKa"

:-)




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