The folks at The New Republic are at odds over what Obama’s assertion that Omar is his favorite character from The Wire (his favorite show, along with M*A*S*H) really means. Is that edgy or something? Michael Crowley thinks so.
A small but telling example of why, on a superficial level, the media falls for Obama. Can you imagine Hillary talking in such detail about an edgy television show, much less naming a thug as her favorite character…?
Jason Zengerle thinks the Omar pick is pretty safe.
Mike says this is the sort of thing that endears Obama to journalists, but, I don’t know, isn’t Omar a bit of a predictable choice? I mean, who doesn’t like Omar? Obama would have endeared himself more to this Wire-watching reporter if he’d named Bunk or Prop Joe or Bunny Colvin.
I asked this before but got no response: Is Obama’s Wire fandom a kind of dog-whistle politics, a subtle way to signal to progressives out there that he’s ‘one of them’?