Tuesday, April 22, 2008
american political life has become deeply absurd and unserious
Illustrating the candidates' efforts to reach every possible voter, Obama, Clinton and Arizona Senator John McCain, who has locked up the Republican nomination, made taped appearances on the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. program ``Monday Night RAW'' on the cable channel USA Network.
The WWE says the weekly program draws 5 million viewers, and all three candidates used wrestling themes for their messages.
``Tonight, in honor of the WWE, you can call me Hillrod,'' Clinton, 60, said in her segment. ``This election is starting to feel a lot like `King of the Ring.' The only difference? The last man standing may just be a woman.''
Obama, 46, said, ``this is a historic time for America. It's not just that the reign of Randy Orton may soon be coming to an end.'' Orton is the reigning WWE champion.
just look at this. VERY presidential. and these people would ostensibly be sending american men and women to their deaths in iraq and afghanistan? one of this lot assuming the ostentatious title of 'leader of the free world'? or am i the only one who has a difficult time imagining dwight eisenhower humiliating himself by taking second billing to verne gagne and the crusher?
in any previous age of american politics, such antics would've meant a swift and rightful political death. it would've been the equivalent of commodus dressing up as hercules and walking the streets of rome. now, all the candidates are queueing for a chance to deliver wincing lines like, "can you smell what barack is cookin'?"
but then, this is the country that elected both jesse ventura and arnold schwartzenegger to governorships with no prior political experience whatsoever, isn't it?
this on the cultural dynamics of professional wrestling.