Please your honours," said he, "I'm able,
By means of a secret charm, to draw
All creatures living beneath the sun,
That creep or swim or fly or run,
After me so as you never saw!
Out came the children running.
All the little boys and girls,
With rosy cheeks and flaxen curls,
And sparkling eyes and teeth like pearls,
Tripping and skipping, ran merrily after
The wonderful music with shouting and laughter.
— Robert Browning's The Pied Piper of Hamelin (cover illustration by Kate Greenaway)
"To the movement conservatives in charge of McCain's campaign, and to the movement conservative that McCain himself has settled in to being, Obama is just the most recent leader of a series of children's crusades — spoiled children's crusades," writes Marty Kaplan at The Huffington Post, unwittinglyy stumbling onto the truth about that "Celeb ad of McCain's that we can't stop blogging about. Imagining himself a soothsaying satirist on a "Fantastic Voyage" inside the conservative mind, Kaplan recognizes in spite of himself that "Celeb" is not about Barack Obama at all. In fact, it's about the adolescent fantasies of his groupies amongst the citizenry and their fellow travelers in the media.
Just as that New Yorker cartoon cover of Barack and Michelle Obama as Islamist terrorist and 60s "revolutionary" was meant to be about the hysteria of extremist Obama critics, so "Celeb" is meant to be about the hysteria of extremist Obama advocates. Neither has anything to do with Obama per se, beyond his ability to inhabit the superstar role of what Virginial Postrel has called "the fresh young prince onto whom Democrats project their hopes and dreams."
Update: "Secret charms …and looking for innuendo in all the wrong places." Dr. Sanity's Carnival of the Insanities will drive you crazy.
Update II: Maggie's links.