There's been a lot of material that's been beyond parody in the New Yorker lately, but I think this one takes a big slice of Marie Antoinette's cake. Appallingly, the editors have actually devised a department heading for this sort of story: "Team Obama"*
Last week, members of the steering committee for Generation Obama—a grassroots group that organizes young professionals—held an after-work meeting in a conference room at a marketing firm on Third Avenue. The theme was reaching out.
“It’s significant that we’re meeting now, right in Hillary Clinton’s back yard,” Goldberg said. “the other side, [a term that used to be used for Republicans] and we need to think about how to make room for them going forward.” The group brainstormed about potential summer events: an Obama gallery tour, a beach party (“We did nothing in the Hamptons last year. I’m just throwing that out there”). Bridget Guarasci, a Ph.D. candidate writing her dissertation on Iraqi politics, ran through plans for the upcoming fund-raiser: rooftop fire pit, Facebook blasts, “Obama-tinis.” Anuj Mathur, who works at a hedge fund, suggested a way to attract more finance guys: “I think it’s good to say ‘fire pit’ in the e-mail,” he said.
I'd prefer Duck Pit, myself. And here comes the best part:
Todd Sutler, a third-grade teacher at the Bank Street School, raised his hand. “Can we talk a little bit about how to lay it on the Clinton people?”
“We don’t want to be dancing in the end zone,” Goldberg said. “Our plan is to sit down and have a drink with them, and, if they tell us they want to take leadership roles in the campaign, that’s great.”
Sutler said, “But they still might be thinking they have a chance.”
'Til the last dog dies, Todd. 'Til the last dog dies.
Seriously, what's the test a Hillary supporter has to pass to take "a leadership role"? Accept the proposition that Hillary wants to assassinate Obama? A sincere confession of past racism, followed by tearful repentance? What?
And hey! The "cling to" is alive and well!
There was disagreement about whether Obama’s communication style tends to be too nuanced. “Here’s what I’m worried about,” Sutler said. “Clinton knows how to say something that someone hears on the nightly news in Kansas and understands. I don’t think Obama has mastered that.”
The great orator can't talk to ordinary voters? You're kidding!
Double shot? Cinnamon?
NOTE * The inventor of the Department of Amplification must be rolling in their grave. Along with many others. As usual, Kool-Aid rots the writing.