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Invisible Man

Well, he’s not a Muslim, that’s for sure. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that) He stays carefully distant from any implication that he is in any way shape or form even tangentially connected to Islam. Oh, maybe his grandfather in Kenya was but that’s a whole different country and anyways, he’s post, um, Kenyan.

And he’s not a liberal. No, our articulate, well educated candidate is dispassionate about liberalism. He believes in common sense. Ideas are ideas and some of them are just wiser than others. But liberal is a sticky word and he doesn’t like clingy things.

Like black leaders at State of the Black Union conferences. It’s cool that their sons act as surrogates when the candidate can’t speak for himself. But does he really need to be seen on stage with them in person after they’ve already shown him support? Wouldn’t that be superfluous? And anyway, it’s not like they’re his crowd, exactly. They’re too wedded to that pre-post-racialism stuff. He’s transcendent.

He runs as a Democrat but core Democratic values, like shared responsibility aren’t values he wants to be too closely associated with because the independents and the moderate Republicans might be repulsed by that. So he doesn’t wear his party, He dissociates from it. It’s like buying your jeans from K-mart.

In fact, it’s hard to pin him down on any particular political characteristic. He floats amorphously. It’s not that in a political sense that “people refuse to see him”. It’s that he refuses to be seen.

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