Monday, 7 November 2011

In the Oeuvre of Stephen Colbert…?

Sorry, yet another clip from the Rachel Maddow Show, but this one was fascinating. Rachel has been thinking about Herman Cain’s candidacy, and has come to the conclusion that it is a piece of performance art. She comes up with a compelling and amusing case, indeed, and lays it out in full:

Now, where there’s a problem with this, is that his campaign is funded by the Koch Brothers, staffed by AFP staffers (Koch Bros-created/financed institution), and many other links betwixt the two. I just have difficulty believing that the Koch brother, who have been extremely activist when it comes to financing campaigns that will give them whatever they want voices agendas in line with their own, would spend so much time and money on a joke. What would be their motivation? It points to the absurdity of American politics brilliantly, so I don’t see why or how the Koch Brothers or any of Cain’s other backers would benefit from this exercise.

I do, however, think it would be fantastic if this were some kind of Republican attempt to emulate Stephen Colbert’s character-driven comedy. Frightening, but perhaps a little bit genius?

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