Campaign Metaphor - ship of state
by itsthemedia, Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 08:36:46 PM EST
I am trying to work out a metaphor to illustrate the choice we are presented in election '08. One old and moldy one is the "Ship of State". Our ship of state has been under the command of a reckless captain and a self dealing, corrupt crew. Working together, they have steered us onto the rocks, presumably hoping to get rich from salvaging the wreckage, or maybe they are just fond of shipwrecks. Soon our bad captain will be stealing a lifeboat, (and taking some of his evil crew with him).
All the Republican candidates seem to be saying variations on "Elect me your captain, and full speed ahead! We'll smash those rocks, because of my manly leadership."
Hillary Clinton's message is: "Elect me your captain. I have been in these waters before, and I know how to steer us clear of the rocks and get us back on course."
John Edwards message is: "Elect me your captain. I have the strength of will to fight the remaining evil crewmen if they dare to disobey my orders."
Here is where I need some help. I cannot figure out exactly what Obama's message is. Maybe: "Elect me your captain. I can win the rocks over to our side." or "Elect me your captain. I will unite the evil and good crewmen with my charisma." or "Elect me your captain. It's time we got past petty bickering over which way the ship is headed, and worked together to form a new ocean, where the rocks are all soft, and the water isn't wet." Any ideas?
I am being somewhat silly above of course, but it does illustrate a real point of confusion for me. I really cannot understand the Obama phenomenon - why so many people (including many public figures for whom I have great respect) go for his message, how it could ever actually work in the real world, what Obamaism (assuming that is a word) means in practical terms.
I'd welcome any real thoughts from any perspective. There is a decent chance that I will be voting for this man in November, and I would like to understand his movement.