The “race card” has been played…

Posted: August 1, 2008 in america, john mccain, lies, politics, republicans

…by Obama?


Seriously, that’s what the McCain camp want us to believe.  Not that it’ll work; the majority of Americans are smarter than that, and most are smarter than McCain.  I hope they are, anyway.  But the facts are, the McCain campaign has released the most negative ad in the race to the White House to date and now that the Obama people have reacted to it they’re being accused of playing the “race card”.  As reported by the Huffington Post:

After months of contending that their campaigns would eschew personal attacks as part of a new kind of politics, the presumptive presidential nominees of the major parties turned nasty over what Obama meant when he said McCain and other Republicans would try to scare voters by pointing out that the Democratic candidate “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

McCain took on the role of aggrieved victim, his campaign waiting almost a day after Obama’s remarks to charge that he had injected race into the presidential campaign. “Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. Its divisive, negative, shameful and wrong,” McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle… oops, bad analogy.  It’s the McCain ad that’s racist, not the Obama team’s reaction to it.  An ad featuring the (black) Democratic presidential candidate, shots of two young, white blonde celebrities, adoring crowds and no fewer than three images of big, sticky-up, hard things in the background, is NOT racist?  Cripes, the only thing they didn’t say was “Barack Hussein Obama wants your women”!

But then, we shouldn’t be surprised that this crap has come from the senior Senator of Arizona, a man who opposed for years the introduction of a holiday commemorating Martin Luther King.  Arizona isn’t exactly known for its progressive politics.

For his part, Obama has been forced to pussyfoot around the issue lest he be dragged further into the gutter by the flagging McCain campaign:

“This is a race about big challenges — a slumping economy, a broken foreign policy and an energy crisis for everyone but the oil companies,” said Robert Gibbs, a campaign spokesman. “Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they’re using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign. And those are the issues he’ll continue to talk about.” (New York Times, 8/1/08)

Fine.  Since they’re not saying it, I will.  The McCain campaign has revealed its true colors this week.  McCain is a bitter, angry, hypocritical, racist old fool, and he wants you to be afraid of the big ol’ black man running for president.  His campaign is blatantly using race as an issue, because they know fear works.  He has no new ideas, no record worth running on, and no real shot at the presidency so he has to use low, pathetic, dirty tactics like these.

Oh, and on an ironic note, it appears that in his desperate attempt to paint his opponent as the big bad black man goin’ after our white girls, McCain has inadvertently insulted one of his campaign sponsors.  Has the “Straight Talk Express” now become the “Back-Stabbing Express”?

  1. layinablog says:

    That’s all fine except for one thing: your candidate himself disagrees.

    “Let me be clear — in no way do I think that John McCain’s campaign was being racist,” Obama added. “I think they were cynical and I think they want to distract from talking about the real issues.”

  2. Afrit007 says:

    It’s fine for Obama to be diplomatic about it.

    I’m going to call it what it is, though. I support Obama in this election, but I retain the right and responsibility to disagree with him where and when I see fit.

  3. layinablog says:

    That’s probably a good strategy, because once again we find him disagreeing with himself, this time on drilling.

  4. Afrit007 says:

    Of course, McCain has never flip-flopped on anything… certainly not the Webb GI Bill, which he spent months working to defeat only to accept misplaced credit for its passage from President Bush. Certainly not the misguided and unnecessary upper-class tax cuts Bush pushed through, which he opposed initially but now wants to make permanent.

    One of the nice things about being Republican these days must be, that the bar has been set so low by Bush & Co that anyone, no matter how crass, incompetent, opportunistic, craven or venial, seems a saint by comparison.