|Sam, I agree - but is even bigger. It is authenticity - she isn't courting the PC crowd, or the elites, or the special interests, or the party - she also isn't courting the red necks or rural vote as such - there isn't any sense of her putting on a hokey, gosh, gee whiz folksiness. She is actually just being herself and saying what she believes. She isn't talking up to us or talking down to us. (At least this is what she appears to be at this early date). |
Other politicians have to be interpreted - first to guess what they really mean, second to guess what they will do, and third to figure out who they really are (if anyone) under the layers of pretense.
Just by being herself and being quite extraordinary and a regular person all at the same time reaffirms authentic values as opposed to the phony values of the elites, the beautiful people, the political spin meisters, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, The Rich and Powereful, the strutting politicians who hire people to tell them how to look, how to talk, so that they project some kind of superiority. No false humility and no bragging. She gives the meta message that all of that stuff is so much crap that it wouldn't even occur to her to give even 5 seconds to explaining how stupid it is.
Watching her, everyone can say to himself, somewhere in his subconscious, "The best within me is like her (even if not as successful, or powerful, or whatever) and as long as I'm being honest and standing up for my values I too am a hero (even if on a smaller scale)." With all the phony heroes put forth by PR agents there is some kind weird, unknowable barrier between 'regular' people and 'greatness' - the 'heroes' are different in some almost magical way that makes us by comparison, not heroes. We end up looking for "presidentialness" or "star quality" or super hero traits - but those are all phony creations to trick everyone out of a vote, or to buy some toothpaste, or see the latest movie. Real heroes are measured by real accomplishments that arise out of authentic character.
Maybe we are projecting onto her because we need this, but if not, the incredible gift she gives is being a mirror for the good in our own character and it's connection to real heroes.
(Edited by Steve Wolfer on 9/07, 10:55am)