I have a brother I love dearly, but when we were younger, he used to drive me nuts by his constant one-upmanship. No matter what I did, his deed was better. No matter what toy I got for Christmas or birthdays, his was better, bigger, badder. He did this with everyone. I can run faster than you. I am smarter than you. We got tired of it, and no matter how many times he got beaten up by bullies and people he challenged with his me too only better routine, he clung to the MO as if it were actually working. Watching the debate the other night, or rather, analyzing the commentary from astute bloggers who invented drinking games to go with the number of times McCain said, My friends, or Obama said, Let me be clear on this....did we actually think we were going to hear anything, or did we secretly just want to watch the trains derail? Personally, I would like to see a no holds barred punch fest just to see who can really out debate AND hurl the most memorable invective at the same time. The faux politeness is just one of the heavy burdens placed upon us by Political Correctness, which is the Dictatorship of Nice.
Obama will always be remembered for his I have a bracelet, too, remark. It will be seared into the memory as an image of a boy who is not a man, neither is he mature enough to be called anything other than a boy. A bully boy, at that. A pampered, me too snob of a bully.
UPDATE: Newsbusters.org has a radio transcript of Ryan Jopek's family asking Obama NOT to continue wearing his bracelet. And cue the crickets from the media.
From Tammy Bruce, via Atlas Shrugged:
"I've got a bracelet too"
A post by Maynard
Events such as this are occasionally punctuated be a defining moment. It's the thing you remember long after the rest of the details are lost to the haze of time. This does not predict what happens next. But whatever may come, the fragment retains the spirit of the whole.
Here are a couple of examples. If you were there, these words will carry you back to days gone by.
When Ronald Reagan debated Walter Mondale, it was "I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience."
When Lloyd Bentsen debated Dan Quayle, it was "Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy."
When George Bush debated John Kerry, it was "You forgot Poland."
I predict that, for the rest of your life, you won't hear the phrase "I've got a bracelet too" without your mind flying back to what you saw tonight.
I'm not saying that Obama "lost" the debate at this point. The ill wind that propels him is not going to vanish away. But I think this cuts to the heart of the contest. It captures the image of Obama as the junior wannabe, struggling to make of himself a strained and pathetic imitation of the real man that stood across from him. People will see it that way, whether they realize it or not.
Remember this. The human creature is a poet at heart. We respond to imagery and metaphor, even at times when we should focus on hard facts alone. Obama's strength lies in his fantasy image. His reality is atrocious. If the illusion falters, Obama will crumple like the empty suit he is.
As a practical matter, you can now terminate an annoying political exchange by evincing a childish sneer while simpering, "Yeah, well I've got a bracelet too. Nyah!"
Well, Maynard, that summed it up pretty much for me. So much to look forward to in November. I really want to see this man show his true, unhinged, unmedicated colors.
...Obama, that is.