Tuesday, August 28, 2012

An Ironic Occupation By The Obama Campaign...

Lifting these pictures from Ricochet, where George Savage notes a new Obama 2012 campaign office out in sunny California:

Strolling past the local Obama campaign office yesterday, I was struck by the odd-seeming decision to occupy the front of an abandoned automobile dealership, one of several lining this stretch of Silicon Valley's El Camino Real, to tout the wages of Hope and Change.

Why then this peculiar choice immediately adjacent to another formerly thriving, but still-vacant, dealership?

.... perhaps those staffing The One's campaign office just don't notice or persist in blaming George W. Bush for their low rent. Whatever the genesis, there is no denying the evident irony deficiency.

Maybe Mitt Romney ought to use these images in his ads targeting Michigan.  But wait, it gets worse:

But there is an alternative explanation. The front door of Obama campaign central opens up to a president-sized view of state-directed industrial nirvana: a glitzy showroom displaying high-end electric cars from Tesla Motors. Tesla, natch, is the beneficiary of a $465 million loan from the Department of Energy awarded in January, 2010--just in time to buttress the company's initial public offering. Haven't considered a Tesla for your own garage yet? This may have something to do with the six-figure entry price. But you can at least experience a frisson at seeing a select few of your betters swanning about in their environmental fashion statements, while of course each pocketing a $7,500 federal income tax credit.

Maybe it's less irony, and more a glimpse of the future being offered to us by the Obama campaign.  Can't say we weren't warned, the signs were certainly flashed before us in bright neon....

For soemr eason, after reading this piece, I couldn't get the Talking Heads' (Nothing But) Flowers out of my mind:

This used to be real estate
Now it's only fields and trees
Where, where is the town
Now, it's nothing but flowers
The highways and cars
Were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we'd start over
But I guess I was wrong

Once there were parking lots
Now it's a peaceful oasis
you got it, you got it

This was a Pizza Hut
Now it's all covered with daisies
you got it, you got it

I miss the honky tonks,
Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens
you got it, you got it

And as things fell apart
Nobody paid much attention...


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