It hasn’t gained enough critical media mass yet to warrant the pro forma denunciatory campaign statement, but the week is still young. Lyrics are available in the YouTube sidebar; the allusion to McCain being paralyzed is a nice touch, but for sheer political dynamite it’s hard to beat dropping the B-bomb on America’s most famously aggrieved victim of sexism. Look for Obama to declare it “troubling” when finally asked, even though it’s par for the course for this particular problematic acquaintance. Note to Wright and Pfleger: Shove over and make room under the bus.
Exit question: How does this stack up with the New Yorker cover? Both were created with an eye to defending Obama, both can be used by his political opponents against him (at least, in the New Yorker’s case, among dullards unable to grasp satire). I’m guessing that whereas the magazine was squarely blamed for Covergate, Ludacris will plead authenticity and be duly absolved.
Update: And so it came to be that the denunciatory campaign statement was issued, and the people rejoiced.
Barack Obama’s campaign spokesman Bill Burton sends this statement to The Brody File
“As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.”
Update: Welcome, Marc Ambinder readers, to a post in which I supposedly “go crazy.”