Loins, I tell ya, loins. Yeah, loins. Nothin’ but loins….
Desperation? Drunkennness? Drugs? Take your pick. David Axelrod's latest summation of the President's state of mind -- or state of lower bodily functions -- reveals an ugly truth. As he sees it, the President is relying on the most primal, most irrational instincts in order to gain votes. If one is to accept the biblical reference at face value, he is relying solely on his virility to carry him to victory.
In other words -- in Yiddish -- all they've got is a schmuck.
Thanks, David. You nailed it. Ouch.
Now, for you eggheads out there, you know what Mikhail Bakhtin would have to say about this, and you know that no scholarly essay or book without the requisite number of Bakhtin quotes can ever be acceptable or gain you suitable employment or recognition within the academic fold. It is the First Commandment for all up-and-coming-intellectuals: "Thou must quote the Great Bakhtin."
This unexpected Bakhtinian turn in Axelrod's rhetoric most definitely sinks the Obama campaign into the realm of the Carnivalesque and of the lower bodily functions. This means, of course, that Axelrod has revealed a slippage on the part of the Great One into the medieval and primitive, which can only mean an abandonment of the rational and modern.
If you want some footnotes on all this -- and on my own personal connections with Mr. Axelrod, which stretch back to the 1970's and his days as a student at the University of Chicago -- just ask.
Axelrod: Obama’s speech ‘coming from his loins’
Speaking to reporters after President Obama’s rally in Lima High School in Ohio Friday, longtime adviser David Axelrod said that the incumbent has never been more fired up.
“I’ve known him for 20 years. We’ve worked closely for 10 years. I’ve never seen him more exhilarated than he is right now. He believes in what he’s doing. He believes in what he’s fighting for,” the senior campaign strategist said.
“You can see in the speech that he’s delivering — that he, that this is coming from his loins,” Axelrod declared, adding, “I just wanted to say loins. I wanted to see if I could get loins in the story.”