Never let it be said that Republicans and their counterparts in the conservative blogosphere (yes, Ann "I Like To Drink Wine and Blog About American Idol" Althouse, I'm looking right at you) can't attempt to manufacture a scandal out of thin air that shows just how stupid they are.
The impetus of this scandal is this article from Reuters, which breathlessly described the set for the upcoming speech by Barack Obama at Invesco Stadium as looking like an ancient Greek temple since there will be a series of columns behind from which Obama will appear and then walk onto a raised stage.
So Ann "Liberal Boobies Enrage Me" Althouse whips herself up into a righteous indignation, which is promptly echoed throughout the other sites. (I won't dignify her with a link, look it up) How dare Obama? Is he trying to suggest that he's a God or something??? The presumption! Do you see how messianic he is? His supporters are like a cult! (imagine her furious fingers typing away)
But see, here's the problem, Ann. You clearly haven't traveled. If you had actually ever gone to the seat of our federal government, Washington DC, guess what you'd see? Columns! Know why? Because most of our federal buildings were designed in an architectural style called...wait for it...Greek Revival. Which means, you know, lots of columns. Like the ones in the front and back of the White House--where Obama will reside in January, by the way. And the ones in front of the Lincoln Memorial, where exactly 45 years ago today, Martin Luther King gave a speech in which he said these words:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
So today, Ann "I'm a law professor, but I don't know how to correctly interpret judges' rulings" Althouse, Barack Obama will take the stage, designed symbolically to be reminiscent of the city from where he will be leading this country, and the site of one of the most stirring orations in our history (is this too nuanced for your conservative brain?), and accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for the Presidency of the United States, having earned that nomination not because of the color of his skin, but because of the content of his character. It is the fulfillment of that dream Martin Luther King espoused 45 years ago. A dream that your conservative compatriots have worked endlessly to suppress.
Doesn't that make your righteous indignation over Greek temples and Greek gods seem just so pathetically ignorant? By the way, do you have any memory of the stage from which George Bush accepted his nomination? Don't look now, but there were columns! *gasp!*
UPDATE: That presumptuous John McCain! Is he trying to insinuate he's some sort of Greek God? (h/t Aimee)