Obama Assassination Fears Are Paranoid Fantasy

Liberals imagine candidate as martyr killed by Red State America
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Sep 2, 2008 4:24 PM CDT
Shawn Robert Adolf, left, Tharin Gartrell, and Nathan Johnson, who authorities initially feared were plotting to assassinate Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention.    (AP Photo/Denver Police)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama supporters who worry about his assassination are indulging in condescending fantasy about the danger of the unwashed masses, writes Brendan O’Neill for Spiked. The so-called plot foiled in Denver never approached a real threat. But liberals are “feudal” snobs so caught up in America’s "violent racism" that they fantasize about the menace of assassination.

The Obama campaign’s own tight security, in contrast to the open style of past candidates, recalls the paranoia of European aristocrats. Supporters have come to view him as a savior, “heir to the slain Kennedys and Dr King who is risking everything to save America.” Liberals see their candidate, and so themselves, as “better” Americans than the “rednecks” they view with suspicion.