Jason Mattera’s first book is quite the bombshell debut. From the provocative title, the sledgehammer meet walnut innards of the tome, to the amusingly accurate jacket art, Obama Zombies is more raw meat than even Ted Nugent could handle in one sitting.
Mattera comes across as something of a “disaffected” youth himself, yet one with a purpose and a fierce intelligence, not the standard window smasher that we’ve become so fond of seeing whenever G8, G27 or whatever it is, convenes in climes afar.
His history as an “ambush” journalist is, I believe, rather harsh. Sure he’s cornered a few lazy, arrogant politicians in his time (his newest “ambushee” being the grotty little “comedian” Al Franken was a classic and should be viewed with the requisite popcorn), and there’s nothing at all wrong with that. But “ambush” is indeed a loaded word and not something you could accurately attach to Mattera.
He has now turned his youthful eye to his own generation. In Obama Zombies it is they that take center stage as the 2008 Obama presidential run aimed it’s jaundiced eye at the people that eventually fell for the “flava” and “swagga” of a man who has now become maybe not the worst, but certainly the most out of control president this country may well have ever seen.
The precision “bombing” of our youth, through such modernities as Twitter, Facebook, My Space and the like, blinded them into submission and Mattera describes how the campaign was the “most hi-tech, laser-focused marketing assault in presidential campaign history.”
The book is certainly amusing and well written, and has some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments (the CNN folks getting “ghetto” is one, while his deconstruction of Jon Stewart’s coverage is priceless and brilliantly observed), but the real meat-on-dem-bones is the disturbing truth within the book.
It starts with the title, that at first glance makes you smile, but then a kind of stark realization sets in. Barack Obama and his cohorts got away with daylight robbery in November 2008. From giving away tickets to see Dave Matthews (after which one Jason Schechtman agreed that while he was leaning Obama it was the free tickets that “sealed the deal” for him), to using a youthful appeal for a man who wouldn’t cross the road to spit on them if they were on fire, it was admittedly a guided missile of a campaign.
It was not only the giving away of tickets and youthful appeal, but it was the giving away of ludicrous, meaningless one worders. Hope went one. Hope for what exactly? Change? What sort of change? Not all change is good, nor positive. But, as we found out, the zombies were unstoppable and the unthinkable happened and continues to happen.
Jason Mattera has written an astonishing work. Sure, it’s flip, it “modern” and, as an old fogey that sort of aggravates me. But the message in this book is as clear as in Mark Levin’s conservative epic “Liberty and Tyranny” and Michelle Malkin’s surgical dismantling of the administration “Culture of Corruption”; it’s just coming at the same subject from an entirely different angle and approach. It’s there to appeal to the young conservative who may be too afraid to say anything. It’s their new tool for fighting back and, I for one, hope they buy it and use it.
Now, because of Mattera’s pinpoint delivery and street smarts, the young that are untouched by the zombie flu that is Barack Obama’s presidency have a place to start looking up facts and figures.
Superb. Buy it now.