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  •  Lots of people are quite content to (2+ / 0-)
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    identify with rich people.  They think that other people's importance rubs off on them.  We tend to forget that the politics of personal destruction is partnered by the politics of personal adulation.  Admiration is a very self-satisfying emotion.

    The problem with Obama is that he's difficult for many people to identify with.  He doesn't look like them and he doesn't act like it's a privilege to have him around.

    The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

    by hannah on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 07:28:50 AM PST

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      with you that people do not identify with Obama.  I can't quote the latest poll statistic, but past polls show that Obama's likability factor is a great deal higher than his job approval and these days his job approval is at an average of 50 - 53% depending on the pollster.  

      he doesn't act like it's a privilege to have him around.

      Not sure what you mean by this??  If he doesn't act like "it's a privelege to have him around", that's a good thing isn't it?  Personally, I don't care to be in the company of people who think they are "all that", better than the rest of us and we should feel priveleged to be in their company.    

      •  Some people derive a sense of self-importance (1+ / 0-)
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        from associating themselves with "superior" people.  That's why "official" photographs from the White House are highly treasured by some.  It lets them say to their friends and neighbors "Look what the President sent me."  That millions of these pictures are sent out isn't known to them because they consider themselves special.

        This is not meant as a negative judgment, btw.  I happen to consider vicarious pleasure and conspicuous (with the eyes) consumption to be laudable behaviors.  People get pleasure without depriving anyone else of anything, now or later.

        What's bad is people who take advantage of people with modest aspirations and who are easily satisfied and rob them of their entitlements. People who think that the innocent deserve to be abused are evil.

        The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

        by hannah on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 08:29:34 AM PST

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