The Obama craze among his followers is fast becoming more than a little disturbing, in a “Third Reich for Dummies” sort of way.

From Paul Bedard at US News:

If a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above. “Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama’s nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country, a renewed hope, and acceptance of responsibility for our future,” says Rick Husong, owner of The Loyalty Inc. Husong tells me that he got the idea after seeing the famous Obama-Progress poster by artist Shepherd Fairey.

Here’s what you do to tell people you’re for Obama:

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Aside from the first letter of Barack’s last name, what’s the significance of that “O”?

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Nice try, President Clinton, but no.

That “O” stands for far more than that. It’s the perfect symbol for this time and place in U.S. politics. It’s an empty circle, signifying no beginning, no end, and no substance at all in the middle.

Update: Michelle Malkin suggests a better way to signal that you’re for Obama:

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Update II: Stolen from the “Space Hippies” episode of Star Trek?

Update III: What’s the real purpose of the “O” sign? So idiots can find each other in a crowd.

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