The Race Card Gambit

It was bound to happen eventually so it’s now in the open–the McCain Camp is playing we are the victims of Reverse Racism card (following in their continuing trend of Clinton Campaign re-treads).

Classic Rovian tactic hit the guy on the issue but with enough vagueness so that you didn’t completely come out with the charge, then act all shocked and victimized and righteously indignant when you get called on it.

It revolves around the concept of what does Obama mean when he says the following:

“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,” Obama said. “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.'”

Now factually you would be hard pressed to argue with most of that analysis–in fact any number of Republicans/conservatives are critical of the recent negativity out of Camp McCain–when was the last time you remember McCain coming out with a coherent him-centered message outlining his agenda? It’s been all anti-Obama. McCain for example is employing a much higher percentage of attack ads than Obama.

Now that being said, did Camp Obama play the race card? Obama uses phrases like the Republicans will scare you because “I have a funny name” and “I look different”. Now there are a number of things going on there, race at best being only one of them. (more…)

Published in: on July 31, 2008 at 12:24 pm  Comments (5)