Thursday, July 31, 2008


I can't decide whether I'm more appalled by Obama calling McCain a race-baiter or by the Obama campaign's sophistry in telling us that Obama meant something else entirely.

Here's what Obama said:

"Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he's not patriotic enough, he's got a funny name, you know, he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."
And here's how his campaign spokesman tried to spin it later:
"What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn't get here after spending decades in Washington. There is nothing more to this than the fact that he was describing that he was new to the political scene. He was referring to the fact that he didn't come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race."
Of course this doesn't even qualify as competent sophistry, as the facts contradict the attempted spin. One could argue that George W. Bush was a Washington insider because of his family connections. But that argument is just plain wrong when discussing Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and many others. Obama and his people are not only slimy sophists, they are completely ignorant of recent history as well. (Alternate explanation: They think the American voters are too stupid to realize that Obama and his people are lying through their teeth.)

I believe this is possibly the slimiest stunt I have ever seen from a major party nominee. The worst thing about this is that Obama himself is the one who constantly talks about how hard it is for America to elect a black man.
Addressing supporters Tuesday night at a fundraiser in Springfield, Obama said, "It's a leap, electing a 46-year-old black guy named Barack Obama."
I have said in comments and/or emails elsewhere that I believe that an Obama Presidency will take permanent campaigning to new heights. Clearly it will also take things to new depths as Obama slanders and smears his opponents in every way possible.


Pastor_Jeff said...

It appears our choices are either to elect McCain and hear how racist we are from the losers, or elect Obama and hear the same thing from the President.

An Obama presidency will not be post-racial. It will be perma-racial.

AnastasiaBeaverhausen said...

No one said anything about being racist - Obama is bi-racial/multi-racial which is what our society has become. The comments reflect on the same stump speech he has been giving since June or earlier, that the Republican machine politic made up of Rove's Nazi Republican Assholes were going to use the same tired old politics of hate and fear. Didn't FDR remind us that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself". Why are you all so closed off to anything new or different? John McCain sold out his "maverick" status when he hired lobbyists and Rove's retards to manage his campaign. He is starting to look old and tired and repetitive, which is a shame because although I didn't always agree with him, I admired his ability to stand up to the status quo, now he is just one of them. I am proud to be a "card-carrying" liberal Dem who is also a free-market capitalist - I don't agree with my party most of the time, but I still think they do a better job looking out for the little guy!

Pastor_Jeff said...

No one said anything about being racist

Sorry, that spin has already been denied by Obama's chief strategist. On GMA this morning, David Axelrod admitted that Obama's comment was in fact about race. So he was accusing McCain of playing on racial fears.

McCain runs an ad saying Obama is an empty suit with bad ideas. Obama's response is to throw around baseless accusations of racism against a war hero and lifelong public servant. That's evidence of Nixonian levels of paranoia, amorality or both.

But hey, he photographs well, so let's elect him!