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Not a Parody?

2:19 PM, Jun 9, 2008 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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I'm a little nervous about making fun of the latest bit of Obama-as-mesiah stuff from the San Francisco Chronicle because I'm not entirely sure whether or not it's satire. Here's Mark Morford explaining that Obama just might be a "Lightworker":

I find I'm having this discussion, this weird little debate, more and more, with colleagues, with readers, with liberals and moderates and miserable, deeply depressed Republicans and spiritually amped persons of all shapes and stripes and I'm having it in particular with those who seem confused, angry, unsure, thoroughly nonplussed, as they all ask me the same thing: What the hell's the big deal about Obama?

I, of course, have an answer. Sort of. . . . [snip]

Barack Obama isn't really one of us. Not in the normal way, anyway. . . . [more snip]

Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

The unusual thing is, true Lightworkers almost never appear on such a brutal, spiritually demeaning stage as national politics. This is why Obama is so rare. And this why he is so often compared to Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., to those leaders in our culture whose stirring vibrations still resonate throughout our short history. . . . [yet more snip]

There's a vast amount of positive energy swirling about that's been held back by the armies of BushCo darkness, and this energy has now found a conduit, a lightning rod, is now effortlessly self-organizing around Obama's candidacy. People and emotions and ideas of high and positive vibration are automatically drawn to him. It's exactly like how Bush was a magnet for the low vibrational energies of fear and war and oppression and aggression, but, you know, completely reversed. And different. And far, far better.

Not bad for someone who won the nomination with 48,519 fewer votes than his opponent! Maybe it was the positive vibrations which put him over the top.

But seriously you keep looking for Morford's punchline, don't you? And this isn't an alt-weekly or a college paper--it's a big-city daily newspaper. I suppose it's a sign of exactly where we are that it's impossible to tell the difference between genuine Obama praise and snarky anti-Obama satire.