Erica Jong Tells Italians Obama Loss ‘Will Spark the Second American Civil War. Blood Will Run in the Streets’

It seems that the final days of the presidential campaign have made Erica Jong and her friends more than a little anxious.

Wars and Rumors of Wars

“For nation (e¶qnoß ethnos—strongs 1484) shall rise against nation (e¶qnoß ethnos—strongs 1484), and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
—Matthew 24:7

A few days ago, Jong, the author and self-described feminist, gave an interview to the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the choicest bits of which were brought to my attention by the reliably sharp-eyed Christian Rocca, the U.S. correspondent of Il Foglio, who published excerpts on his Camillo blog. Basically, Jong says her fear that Obama might lose the election has developed into an “obsession. A paralyzing terror. An anxious fever that keeps you awake at night.” She also says that her friends Jane Fonda and Naomi Wolf are extremely worried that Obama will be sabotaged by Republican dirty tricks, and that if an Obama loss indeed comes to pass, the result will be a second American Civil War.
Here’s a translation of Jong’s more spirited quotes to the Milan-based Corriere, as selected by Rocca.
“The record shows that voting machines in America are rigged.”

“My friends Ken Follett and Susan Cheever are extremely worried. Naomi Wolf calls me every day. Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email to tell me that she cried all night and can’t cure her ailing back for all the stress that has reduces her to a bundle of nerves.”
“My back is also suffering from spasms, so much so that I had to see an acupuncturist and get prescriptions for Valium.”
“After having stolen the last two elections, the Republican Mafia…”
“If Obama loses it will spark the second American Civil War. Blood will run in the streets, believe me. And it’s not a coincidence that President Bush recalled soldiers from Iraq for Dick Cheney to lead against American citizens in the streets.”
“Bush has transformed America into a police state, from torture to the imprisonment of reporters, to the Patriot Act.”
She also laments that not all of America’s men of letters share her devotion to Obama.

“Tom Wolfe and John Updike are men of the right and Philip Roth is at this point a hermit who leads a monastic life in Connecticut, far from everything and everybody.”
Luckily, she said there is her and Michael Chabon, who, she says, have “taken the place of Susan Sontag and Norman Mailer respectively.”
They have the same political sensibilities, she said, but a better “sense of humor.”

  1. Ernest Gregoire, 31 October, 2008

    This article reads like a who’s who of the “Elite Liberal Left.”

    It also makes a demoincally inspired statement. Blood is the streets is something that Satan would like very much to see!

    These folks would enjoy seeing a blood bath in America and are incouraging this kind of action.

  2. Linda, 31 October, 2008

    What, if we don’t vote for Obama it’s because of race??

    Personally, I enjoy watching Obama on talk shows ‘cuz he is quick & charming. But I don’t want him to be my president because of his stand on abortion, the gay agenda, taxation, foreign policy, & gun control, etc.

    And those would be the SAME EXACT reasons that I wouldn’t vote for Hillary.

  3. heavenly1, 31 October, 2008

    What an active imagination. Please, dear lady take a nap.

  4. Carrie M. Boyer, 01 November, 2008

    I can’t believe Ms. Jong has not updated the style of her glasses in all these years.

  5. Carrie M. Boyer, 01 November, 2008

    Ah, yes: the paranoid rantings of the literati.

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