Monday, October 6, 2008

Racism Again

Liberal eyes see racism everywhere.

WASHINGTON (AP) — By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.

Somehow, this claim is racist.

And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.

Racially tinged?

Palin's words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee "palling around" with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn't see their America?

In a post-Sept. 11 America, terrorists are envisioned as dark-skinned radical Muslims, not the homegrown anarchists of Ayers' day 40 years ago. With Obama a relative unknown when he began his campaign, the Internet hummed with false e-mails about ties to radical Islam of a foreign-born candidate.

Apparently, associating with terrorists doesn't carry enough negative baggage to make it a worthy campaign bomb. A hidden racial message is required to give it the requisite power.

The larger purpose behind Palin's broadside is to reintroduce the question of Obama's associations. Millions of voters, many of them open to being swayed to one side or the other, are starting to pay attention to an election a month away.

For the McCain campaign, that makes Obama's ties to Ayers as well as convicted felon Antoin "Tony" Rezko and the controversial minister Jeremiah Wright ripe for renewed criticism. And Palin brings a fresh voice to the argument.

This bit of analysis comes from "Douglass K. Daniel is a writer and editor with the Washington bureau of The Associated Press." He offers no indication of where this idea comes from, leaving us to assume he must have thought it up all by himself. Which is scary.


Anonymous said...

Perhaps a bit of hope in this new CBS poll:
"CBS Poll: Presidential Race Tightens
Survey Shows Obama Leading McCain 47 Percent To 43 Percent Among Registered Voters Nationwide Following V.P. Debate"


Yankeegal said...

If, heaven forbid, Obama is elected, how can anyone criticize him without being called a racist? Not only would he be the first black president, he would be the first politically correct one as well.