Maybe it's the sheer volume of scandals on the landscape today, robbing any one of its totemic power to shock and dismay voters.
Offscreen, he is the Nascar set's totemic badass, the God-fearing patriot who walks the walk.
MOCA traditionally involves a totemic artist with these events.
animal or natural object considered as the emblem of a family or clan, 1760, from Algonquian (probably Ojibwa) odoodeman "his sibling kin, his group or family," hence, "his family mark;" also attested in French c.1600 in form aoutem among the Micmacs or other Indians of Nova Scotia. Totem pole is 1808, in reference to west coast Canadian Indians.
An animal, plant, or other object in nature that has a special relationship to a person, family, or clan and serves as a sign for that person or group.