September 10, 2008

Politicizing 9/11


I have my issues with Obama and McCain showing up at Ground Zero tomorrow morning and politicizing the event.

What is also bothering me, however, is how Team McCain has already set the stage to exploit 9/11 from Alaska — and further envelope Palin in the flag and the security state.  It’s hard for me to believe the McCain campaign didn’t already have this in mind when it put together the Palin biography video shown last week at the RNC.  The frame above comes at about the 1:42 mark, coinciding with:

…The Palin’s are a busy clan, raising a family of five, ranging from a 19 year old son who volunteered for the Army and is expected to soon to be sent to Iraq…

The shot has a nostalgic feel to it, almost evoking WWII.  (There is a second frame that follows, showing a line of troops on an airfield waiting to board a Continental flight.)  In particular, though, it cues us to think about campaign spin, and how we’re sitting here the day before as unwitting subjects to all kinds of terror- and memorial-related photo-ops and visual machinations that no one is talking about.

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Michael Shaw
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