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.