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Thursday, July 31, 2008

ABC's Jake Tapper, often a confused young man, wonders whether - gasp! - Barack Obama might think John McCain and the Republican horde...well, here's Jake:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but does it not seem as if Obama just said McCain and his campaign -- presumably the "they" in this construct -- are saying that Obama shouldn't be elected because he's a risk because he's black and has a foreign-sounding name?

I've seen racism in campaigns before -- I've seen it against Obama in this campaign (more from Democrats than Republicans, at this point, I might add) and I've seen it against McCain in South Carolina in 2000, when his adopted Bangladeshi daughter Bridget was alleged, by the charming friends and allies of then-Gov. George W. Bush, to have been a McCain love-child with an African-American woman.

What I have not seen is it come from McCain or his campaign in such a way to merit the language Obama used today. Pretty inflammatory.

The horror! I guess all those "Osama-Obama" bits you find on Right-wing blogs and Fox News are an accident, huh? The "baby mama" bit - coincidence, perhaps. Those Muslim, madrassa and other rumors about Obama being foreign-born - and John McCain's hands are supposed to be clean? That's rich.

There has been a consistent effort to make Barack Obama's uniqueness factor against him by making him as "foreign" as possible in the consciousness of the (White, likely rural) American voter. There have been too many examples of this to describe, and if Tapper doesn't see that - and seeks instead to insinuate that Obama's playing the race card - he's in a coma.

Hey, Jake - ever heard of the "Southern" strategy? Hell, I didn't even mention what slurs McCain himself still uses.

You really thought that a party that has essentially forgotten African-Americans for more than a generation wouldn't cater to the lowest racial denominator?

But here's the thing - if it wasn't as obvious as an anvil upside the head yet, just wait. Maybe even then Jake will notice.


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