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This morning my Sweet Thing was perusing Daryl Cagel's political cartoon site, as she does every morning.  There were a lot of anti-Obama cartoons, which annoyed her; a lot of Bill Clinton jabs, which I suspect were drawn in anticipation of Clinton's speech because the cartoonist didn't care what Clinton actually said; and several which criticized Obama for being some kind of egocentric narcissist, as if his popularity is a character flaw because the only reason a man like him could possibly be admired is if he were courting and demanding that admiration.

Which made me think of Spider-Man.

It makes sense.  Let me explain.

As we all know, Spider-Man's arch enemy isn't the Green Goblin, it isn't Doc Ock, it isn't even Paste-Pot Pete (and a cookie to you if you get that reference).  It's the Triple J himself, J. Jonah Jameson.

Jameson is the editor and publisher of The Daily Bugle, and his hatred of Spider-Man is a thing of legend.  He hates Spider-Man more than Rush hates Feminazis.  He regularly publishes front-page editorials with headlines like:  "SPIDER-MAN: THREAT OR MENACE?"  He once hired a mad scientist to create a super-villain specifically for the purpose of killing Spider-Man.

Why does he hate Spider-Man so?  The wall-crawler catches crooks, doesn't he?

In Jonah's view, Spidey is a glory hound; a reckless show-off only out to gratify his own ego with no sense of responsibility whatsoever.

Which is something of a pot/kettle situation.  I mean, few people in the Marvel Universe are as selfish and as obsessed with self-promotion as Jolly Jonah, and that's even including Ego the Living Planet.

But there was one story in which Jameson confides in his friend, the Bugle's City Editor, Robby Robeson.  Robbie points out all the good things that Spidey does, and asks why Jameson is so sure the Wall-Crawler is no hero.  Jameson admits that he has believe that Spider-Man is basicly selfish; because he wouldn't do those kinds of things without an ulterior motive.  If Spider-Man really was a hero, Jonah would have to recognize that Spidey was a better man than him.  

And that Jameson refuses to do.

Which wouldn't bother Spidey so much except that his Aunt reads the Daily Bugle and believes all those vitrolic editorials.

Kind of like some conservatives.

Originally posted to quarkstomper on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 03:44 PM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 03:44:06 PM PDT

  •  cute (4+ / 0-)

    good analogy

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 05:31:28 PM PDT

  •  Cookie for meeeee! (1+ / 0-)
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    Sure, I remember ol' Paste-Pot.

    “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

    by Marko the Werelynx on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 10:43:15 PM PDT

  •  Oh, and SP cookies for you! (2+ / 0-)
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    I think that's a wonderful, insightful analogy and I'm just so jealous of the way your brain works this morning that I could-- I could, um... probably just republish this to Street Prophets. Pastordan would be so proud of you! Or maybe just as jealous as I am. All that geeky insight and a cookie too! How can this not be an SP diary?

    “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

    by Marko the Werelynx on Thu Sep 06, 2012 at 10:52:58 PM PDT

  •  Few presidents (2+ / 0-)
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    despite their humongous ambitions & towering egos, have been  self-serving men in the sense that Jonah believes Spidey is.  Most of us ask, Why does that person want to be president? In only a few instances I couldn't figure out why. Walter Mondale. John Kerry to some extent. Even McCain sort of stumped me. I remember Nixon. He was so deeply disturbed even his close supporters didn't know what was really driving him.  George W. Bush may well sit at home now thinking, "What bunch of freakin' hassles that was."  

    Carter, Reagan,  George H.W. Bush,  Bill Clinton & Barack Obama  were, I think, all motivated by a deep idealism latched to craving for power. Reagan & Clinton clearly loved being President. It's only in the past year that I began to feel Obama was "enjoying" the job, One reason was what happened Thursday night, or as Doc Holiday said of Wyatt Earp in "Tombstone," "It's not revenge he's after, it's a reckoning." The President is absolutely convinced that the Repug's motives of the past two years have been entirely self-serving, entirely dedicated to  his failure, & to the detriment of America. The party of supposed high morals is deeply immoral.

    So who is Mitt Romney & why is he running for president?  For the same reasons his dad ran? The answer to that is obvious.  

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 12:27:15 AM PDT

    •  Perhaps (2+ / 0-)
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      it's just because his dad ran.

      Some kids have those sorts of rivalries, and issues regarding their own sense of worth to deal with.

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 01:11:30 AM PDT

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    •  Or (2+ / 0-)
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      am I just restating the obvious?

      Romney's history of bullying and the stories his sons tell about his top-dog family life tell me a lot about his character.

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 01:14:17 AM PDT

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    •  And another thing (2+ / 0-)
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      Carter, Reagan,  George H.W. Bush,  Bill Clinton & Barack Obama  were, I think, all motivated by a deep idealism latched to craving for power.
      I'd put Carter in the category of people who seek power but with altruistic motives.

      I never thought Jimmy enjoyed his time under the spotlight despite that big grin of his.

      I get a similar feeling from what I've seen of Obama-- despite his comfort in the spotlight. He soaks it up. But I believe him when he said how sick he was of hearing that he approved this message. I think he's one of the rare ones who sought power to make a positive change and not merely as ego compensation.

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 01:28:36 AM PDT

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      •  I'm convinced mitt (2+ / 0-)
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        was the kind of guy I knew in high school who would say something snide while I was trying to get next to some girl in the hallway, then cop out of gym class on a lame excuse & hide in the nurse's office because I'd bounce a basketball off his head for doing it. Then, walking home, I'd hear  someone  insulting me & it would be Mitt shouting from the second floor window of his house.  Of course, nobody in my high school was rich.

        "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

        by DJ Rix on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 02:20:10 AM PDT

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        •  Yeah, snide and cowardly, (3+ / 0-)
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          and Mitt reminds me of the Twit I knew in high school who would yell "fag!" at me nearly every day as I walked into the drawing class we shared. I was the youngest of the 3 advanced students that year who had a special place at the back of the class. The twit was a tall, athletic, good-looking guy. Not much bigger than me really but I've never been the sort to bounce basketballs off of anybody.

          He and I were both sophomores. My fellow advanced students were upperclassmen: one a junior who was black and therefore too scary to be a target-- smaller than me but Twit would always sit down when Brad stood up to my defense, and one big, fat, shy and talented senior who wore glasses and rarely said anything. Brad told me that our silent friend had been picked on by bullies on the football team up until something happened at the end of the previous year in the cafeteria. The jocks must have just pushed him too far and so he quietly stood up and gently picked up the biggest guy on the team, walked over and quietly stuffed him into a garbage can.

          Digressing but I love that story. Did I mention that Twit was on the football team?

          Anyway, Twit would yell at me daily, threaten me physically, and make jokes about me to his little clutch of freshman followers (almost everybody who was interested in that class took it as a freshman-- I figure Twit was there for the easy grade from our sweetheart of a teacher). None of the other kids seemed interested in joining in the attacks. The highlight of my day of course was when Twit would drag out the homophobic epithets and I would respond to his "Homo" and "Fag" by calling him a "Heterosexual" which really got him pissed off and usually resulted in Brad standing up.

          One day, as I was walking to one of the English rooms, I found the hallway blocked by a bunch of students. I gently forced my way through the excited crowd who turned out to be gawking at Twit lying face down on the floor crying and swearing with the second smallest guy on the wrestling team (you know, the one that fills soda cans with his own spit all through math class to keep in the lowest weight class) calmly sitting on him and locking Twit's arms behind his back.  I stepped over them both laughing loudly and went to class.

          I don't recall Twit picking on me after that day.

          I'd be glad to not hear anything else out of Mitt after November.

          And I wondered why watching the RNC was like going to a pep rally...

          “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

          by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 04:07:54 AM PDT

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          •  My high school was like that (2+ / 0-)
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            but in the Sixties, I don't think the concept of "homosexual" was even understood much in my school. It wasn't really the
            "sensitive" types got pushed around, but the few Mitt types we had.  It was important, crucial even,  to be considered a "regular guy" & all that required was not acting like you were better than anyone else.

            "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

            by DJ Rix on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 10:50:03 AM PDT

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