WaPo: Obama … not careful

posted at 9:56 am on August 2, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Dan Balz does a little more work and shows a little more independence on Barack Obama’s use of the race card this week. Instead of spinning in concert with the campaign as Michael Powell did in the New York Times, Balz does some actual reporting — like asking the Obama campaign for examples of race-based attacks. The silence was, as they say, deafening … and defining:

First, Obama campaign officials, lacking any example of McCain ever pointing directly or indirectly at Obama’s race as an issue in the campaign, have backpedaled rapidly away from any suggestion that their Republican opponent is using the very tactics Obama suggested on Wednesday.

Campaign manager David Plouffe was pressed hard during a conference call on Thursday for examples and could not point to any. An inquiry to the Obama campaign later in the day produced no immediate response and later no answer to a direct question asking for evidence to buttress Obama’s suggestion that McCain would try to scare people into not voting for Obama because he’s black.

In other words, the Obama campaign, including the candidate himself, has engaged in smear tactics. It’s no different than McCarthyism (and spare me the McCarthy-was-right e-mails, I’m talking about making vicious allegations without evidence), only exchanging “racist” for “Red”. Media outlets that will drone on for hours about the “blacklist” of fifty years ago somehow miss it when it comes from the Democrats.

Why did McCain choose to fight back? Balz explains that better than the Times:

Before all this happened, McCain advisers believed that the Obama campaign successfully pinned a racist label on Bill Clinton during the during primaries — for comments that drew protests from some leading African American politicians — and were determined not to let the same happen to McCain. Also, they take personally any suggestion from the Obama campaign that they are part of a campaign that would play the race card and are indignant about it.

The general consensus is that Bill Clinton didn’t hit back hard enough at the accusations of racism from Obama and his campaign, but Clinton began that exchange by dismissing Obama’s showing in South Carolina on that basis. McCain hasn’t even suggested that kind of dynamic. He has annoyed some on his own side for scolding them over references to Obama’s middle name and his twenty-year association with racial demagogue Jeremiah Wright, demanding message discipline in this campaign. If McCain took this attack personally, he had good reason to do so after all of his efforts to leave race out of the campaign.

McCain is no Bill Clinton. He knows how to fight, and Obama and his team just learned that lesson.


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Those who castigated McCain for dissing the “Barack Hussein Obama” radio guy & the Caroina GOP ought to see his wisdom now. He can credibly say he’s nowhere near any race angle.

jgapinoy on August 2, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Obama is not ready for prime time.

Terrye on August 2, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Obama is simply no qualified for the job.

A big part of his strategy consists of labeling people as racists who don’t want to vote for him.

Take that from him and what’s really left?

You have a guy who is clean and who is articulate (thanks Joe Biden).

I think we need a little more than that in a President.

NoDonkey on August 2, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Let’s also not forget that Obama has played the “messiah card” from the bottom of the deck as well.

If you’re going to build a campaign of narcissism around messianic messages and images, when you get called on it you can’t blame McCain for being juvenile. It’s actually very sophisticated to point it out and ridicule it.

econavenger on August 2, 2008 at 10:22 AM

McCain can attack Obama’s character and qualifications, and ignore his race, because that’s all that matters. By ignoring character and qualifications, dems have nothing but race and gender and sexual orientation to differentiate themselves.

That’s why Clinton had no effective come-back, and why McCain does. McCain is post-racial, like so many Republicans, and the Clintons and Obamas are racists and sexists like so many Democrats.

Obama has probably never been attacked based on character and positions before. Kinda sad when you think about it. He’s finding out we don’t like him personally, for who he is, and what he’s done, rather than for the color of his skin.

JiangxiDad on August 2, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Dear Leader is everything to everyone. Can’t you all see?

James on August 2, 2008 at 10:26 AM

With Obama slipping in the polls expect liberals to make sure we know the only reason that could be happening is that America is still a Jim Crow society.

Only racism could possibly cause Barack to lose.

Expect voting against John McCain because he’s white to be strangely acceptable and completely invisible to the MSM.

Speakup on August 2, 2008 at 10:26 AM

McCain is running a brilliant campaign which has already succeeded in making the media bias backfire (on the media and on Obama.)

Meanwhile, he has also laid the groundwork for defining Obama as simply not ready.

At this pace, McCain will be 6 points ahead by the conventions. Obama’s convention bounce will give him a tiny lead, then McCain’s convention bounce will blow that away. Then the debates (which Obama can’t duck anymore) will finish him off.

Pythagoras on August 2, 2008 at 10:29 AM

mccarthy had nothing to do w/ the blacklist. that was HUAC

chasdal on August 2, 2008 at 10:30 AM

This just shows that Mr. Obama is not a new politician; he has, as we so often see from politicians, no principles to stand on. At least McCain has a history of considerable consistency, even when it upsets conservatives such as me.

amr on August 2, 2008 at 10:30 AM

But today is there a worse insult than being called a racist? Are people going to vote for Obama because of guilt? I believe that the lack of qualifications will have to be glaring for a huge segment of the population not to use this time in history to absolve the past. Now I think the past is what it is and now country has a lily white (racist) history and I wonder how many other countries feel the need to “fix” it. That’s why I thought Germany was an odd choice for his rally.

Cindy Munford on August 2, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Obama’s flailing answer to the race card question during his press conference this morning illustrates just how worried the Obama campaign must be about his insinuations Wednesday.

His “not from central casting” spin is weak at best. He managed, with a plethora of “ummmm”s and “er uh”s, not to put his foot in his mouth, but it was fun watching him struggling to frame his answer with a non-racial interpretation of his racial comments.

hillbillyjim on August 2, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Then the debates (which Obama can’t duck anymore) will finish him off.

Pythagoras on August 2, 2008 at 10:29 AM

The style of the debates, and the moderators, determine the winner, or at least prevent the utter destruction of the loser.

JiangxiDad on August 2, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Explain to me how he sounds any more intelligent than W? W gives a great prepared speech also, the difference is that it means something. Sen. Obama says nothing better than most. I have always felt that maybe W uses a lot of colorful language and has to really think about the way he says things for general consumption.

Cindy Munford on August 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM

We still have 3 months to go and this is going to get nastier and meaner each day the Dems sense they are not going to win. I’m not sure sure I agree that the GOP has run a good campaign to date and in fact, it may be more the result of Obama’s missteps. Obama’s staff seems to have the better presentation and visual skills. I not sure McCain can stay on message like Bush did the last two elections. The county is evenly divided and the winner will be decided in only a few states. No one should be be patting themselves on their back yet.

luckybogey on August 2, 2008 at 10:43 AM

McCarthyism? Come on…

OK… So Obama says they’re going to try to scare you into not voting for him (which they are)… he has a funny name (this has certainly been done — not by the McCain camp though, so here he’s walking the fine line of speaking generally of the right against specifically the McCain campaign) and he looks different than any president on paper money. He’s a risk.

Now, McCain camp certainly is painting him as a risk — and the “Brittany” ad does use his youthful, attractive look (different than presidents on paper money) to paint him as a risk — to equate him to Brittany Spears and Paris Hilton. (This, by the way, would be like Dems running an ad equating McCain with drooling Alzheimer patients.)

McCain, to a certain extent, is trying to use his youthful look as a reason to think Obama is a risk.

Look, when says McCain is a risk, he is speaking to his inexperience. But there is an undercurrent of “this would be the first black president” and there probably are some voters out there who view that as somewhat of a risk.

When Obama says they’re going to say he doesn’t look like the presidents on paper money, he’s right. Because of Obama’s boyish good looks and charisma, he’s been treated as somewhat of a “rock star” — a far cry from Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. But, obviously, he’s black, so there’s always that.

DId Obama intentionally inject the race card? I think that’s debatable. I read somewhere else that any day Obama’s race is an issue is probably a good day for McCain. I don’t think Obama wants this campaign to be about race. At the same time, McCain is certainly attacking his “look” by comparing him to Hilton and Spears. So, in a sense, he can say “they’ll say he doesn’t look like other presidents” and not be talking about race. But, of course, he’s black, so McCain’s camp is there to yell “race card” which, if the was any doubt, most definitely injected race into the, well, race.

I think that’s why you see both parties backing away from this. Because Obama is black, there’s an undercurrent to a lot of what he says that could be interpreted in different ways. It think both camps realized there are playing a little too much with fire here and backed off.

Tom_Shipley on August 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Those who castigated McCain for dissing the “Barack Hussein Obama” radio guy & the Caroina GOP ought to see his wisdom now. He can credibly say he’s nowhere near any race angle.

jgapinoy on August 2, 2008 at 10:09 AM

McCain’s wisdom is good but not perfect: Paris Hilton’s family donated a lot to his campaign, and did not like the bibmo Paris being included in a list of no-talent celebrities.

Right_of_Attila on August 2, 2008 at 10:48 AM

The only thing careful about Obama’s race bating is the way he carefully puts it into his speeches and public appearances in scripted ways. “I don’t look like other presidents” is just the latest in a long line of examples. He once said during a primary debate: “Let’s face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely,” Clearly referring to the fact that he was the only black candidate and implying that black candidates are unlikely to be running for office because America is a racist nation, but just enough nuance for him to deny it if questioned later. I would say that he is very careful about how he injects race into his campaign.

Dollayo on August 2, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Now, McCain camp certainly is painting him as a risk — and the “Brittany” ad does use his youthful, attractive look (different than presidents on paper money) to paint him as a risk — to equate him to Brittany Spears and Paris Hilton. (This, by the way, would be like Dems running an ad equating McCain with drooling Alzheimer patients.)

Your straw-grasping is sickening and hilarious at the same time.

DId Obama intentionally inject the race card? I think that’s debatable.

The only way that is debatable to me is if Obama didn’t say what he meant to say, which has not been his defence.

You really are reaching here, Tom.

hillbillyjim on August 2, 2008 at 11:00 AM

If we haven’t figured out by now that B. Hussein Obama is black (well, half-black anyway) then we’re utterly hopeless as a nation.

Mojave Mark on August 2, 2008 at 11:01 AM

I would say that he is very careful about how he injects race into his campaign.

Dollayo on August 2, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Nobody mentioned it yet, but McCain fired back pretty hard and fast. You’d have thought he was insulted.

But I seem to remember McCain had little problem calling those opposed to amnesty, “racists” and “nativists.”

JiangxiDad on August 2, 2008 at 11:04 AM

McAmnesty must not allow B.O. to play the race card as that is the only issue that he has to run on. The issues of high gas prices, the War, the do nothing Congress, and America’s future are all winners for McShame.

DannoJyd on August 2, 2008 at 11:07 AM

A lot of people thought we’d need a fence straddler to win.

I don’t think so, the Democrats embarrassment of riches is turning out to be just more embarrassment than riches.

We coulda hada real Conservative.

Speakup on August 2, 2008 at 11:10 AM

DannoJyd I am awed by the juvenile way you misstate McCain’s name – twice. That really drives whatever point you were making home. whooo ha.

HawaiiLwyr on August 2, 2008 at 11:11 AM

(This, by the way, would be like Dems running an ad equating McCain with drooling Alzheimer patients.)

Think about it… McCain is using two of the most immature, vapid “young” people out there and comparing Obama to them. that would be like finding the most senile old people out there and comparing them to McCain.

Tom_Shipley on August 2, 2008 at 11:14 AM

(This, by the way, would be like Dems running an ad equating McCain with drooling Alzheimer patients.)

Think about it… McCain is using two of the most immature, vapid “young” people out there and comparing Obama to them. that would be like finding the most senile old people out there and comparing them to McCain.

Tom_Shipley on August 2, 2008 at 11:14 AM

No, your comparison would be valid if you used comparing Obama to someone with a crippling mental disorder

hillbillyjim on August 2, 2008 at 11:18 AM

No, your comparison would be valid if you used the McCain as was comparing Obama to someone with a crippling mental disorder

better

hillbillyjim on August 2, 2008 at 11:23 AM

My bad. Make that Whiners.

DannoJyd on August 2, 2008 at 11:26 AM

You democrats and Obamacolytes really hate the “famous for being famous” thing, huh?

hillbillyjim on August 2, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Crap.

No, your comparison would be valid if you used the McCain ad was comparing Obama to someone with a crippling mental disorder

hillbillyjim on August 2, 2008 at 11:27 AM

One of the most interesting aspects of this whole brouhaha is the way that Obama was able to make such an incendiary allegation (calling someone a racist is undoubtedly the most insulting thing you can say about someone in contemporary America) and have the press think absolutely nothing of it (until McCain objected).

The fact that they didn’t think anything of it, and that journalists (like Andrea Mitchell) and the Obama campaign see nothing wrong in pointing out that the media thought nothing of it, is a story in and of itself.

Infidoll on August 2, 2008 at 11:35 AM

HawaiiLwyr on August 2, 2008 at 11:11 AM

HawaiiLwyr, I am amazed that you have taken to the McShamesty kool-aid, but I guess you aren’t concerned as the ILLEGALS don’t swim as far as Hawaii. At least not yet.

For me, and millions like me, the ILLEGAL Alien problem is real. Even the murder of Americans by ILLEGAL foreign nationals doesn’t carry weight with the likes of McCain. It appears that it carrys no weight with you as well for reasons too juvenile for you to go into, and that is a real shame.

Perhaps you make your living by representing such people?

DannoJyd on August 2, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Another great post Ed filled with insightful comments from the HA community. Hat tip to all…

TheBigOldDog on August 2, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Think about it… McCain is using two of the most immature, vapid “young” people out there and comparing Obama to them. that would be like finding the most senile old people out there and comparing them to McCain.

Tom_Shipley on August 2, 2008 at 11:14 AM

But the difference is I would love to see this ad. Obama certainly can’t weather the celebrity ads.

Being old is something McCain is, can’t change it.

Being vapid and self-absorbed are qualities Spears, Paris and Barry chose to embrace because they are weak.

Chuck Schick on August 2, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Based on parentage, one can legitimately argue that he’s either black or white. If this were a black-skinned nation with Caucasians in the minority, he might well be trying to sell himself as a white politician.
As for funny names, Osgood Smuckenpantz, Ichabod Wussington and Herkimer von Uberdork might qualify – but Obama? No.

whitetop on August 2, 2008 at 11:44 AM

What is it with Obama and his race. Is it a bit like the proud 10 year old Cub scout with his first merit badge who is bursting to tell people and does so at every opportunity, even when it’s totally out of place? “Oh, and did I mention I’m black?”. We know your father was Kenyan. Give it a rest.

Paul-Cincy on August 2, 2008 at 11:58 AM

whitetop on August 2, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Botch McWaffleson – that’s a funny name, and he almost won the presidency four years ago.

forest on August 2, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Obama Says Republicans Will Use Race to Stoke Fear
By Caren Bohan
June 20, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.

“It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy,” Obama told a fundraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. “We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid.

“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

Gee, Tom, that seems pretty intentional to me.

funky chicken on August 2, 2008 at 12:00 PM

http://a.abcnews.com/Politics/wireStory?id=5215817

link

funky chicken on August 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM

funky chicken on August 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Great link there, Funky Chicken, as it provides more proof that B.O. planned on using race as his primary issue to get elected. No wonder he is so upset today.

DannoJyd on August 2, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Tom_Shipley on August 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Nice try.

mikeyboss on August 2, 2008 at 12:18 PM

DId Obama intentionally inject the race card? I think that’s debatable.

Tom_Shipley on August 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM

No, it really isn’t. Obama wasn’t standing before a group of voters and saying “I know I don’t look like other presidents, but please vote for me,” he was saying “John McCain is going to make racist attacks on me, please vote for me.” The former is the kind of reasonable, self-deprecating appeal that the Obama campaign (and most of the media) wants to pretend he made, the latter is the totally unsupported claim of racial victimization that he actually made.

I don’t have a problem with Obama making those kinds of charges (all’s fair in love and politics), I just think he should have the balls to admit to it.

Infidoll on August 2, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Awesome awesomeness by the McCain campaign to force this issue. They found the weak point of the Death Star and hit it.

rockmom on August 2, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Obama is caught on the horns of a dilemma: how to use his only real competency, the leveraging of liberal white guilt, if he can’t get the other side to mention his race? That Karma… she’s still such a dog’s mother, isn’t she?

Seriously, it is such a shame that the first black man to be nominated for President had to be this empty suit, but it was inevitable that Dem inner-city politics would create just such a candidate. Any black Democrat who had actually accomplished anything could not run on those accomplishments nationally, because they probably would have been essentially based on race-identity. So we are stuck with a cypher, inflated by Soros and sustained by the media, signifying nothing.

drunyan8315 on August 2, 2008 at 12:22 PM

McCarthy was right!!!

Akzed on August 2, 2008 at 12:22 PM

drunyan8315 on August 2, 2008 at 12:22 PM

You’ve said this well, as have others. The trick is to get this notion into the simplest and shortest terms, and present it to voters. It’s devastating, because it’s true.

A long time ago, it was pointed out that Obama is a tragic figure.

JiangxiDad on August 2, 2008 at 12:25 PM

McCain is no Bill Clinton. He knows how to fight, and Obama and his team just learned that lesson.

Johnny Mac actually dropped high explosives on Communists many times. He could shoot my dog and I’d vote for him.

Akzed on August 2, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Infidoll on August 2, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Infidoll on August 2, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Excellent comments.

Missy on August 2, 2008 at 12:27 PM

To tell you the truth, a big part of the message of the celeb ad was to imply he’s a political debutante. Those weren’t male celebs in the ad for a good reason. It’s not about implying Obama is gay either.

Obama has an achilles heel that he (even more than John Kerry) is not a man’s man from the hood/suburbs/farm, or even central casting, no matter how much he tries to play one for the cameras to get elected. Over time, that will make people uncomfortable compared to McCain being a real man, if nothing else.

Presidential politics is about image, but more about feelings in voters of a core need for security in a dangerous world. Debutantes need not apply. That’s why the Obama campaign is coming back with their response that McCain is “juvenile.” The response was designed to reassure voters that Obama is “mature and deep” compared to McCain.

Obama uses that thoughtful wisdom and maturity to look up into the heavens for the camera and only play the messiah and race cards in certain circumstances when his lips are moving.

econavenger on August 2, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Obama wasn’t standing before a group of voters and saying “I know I don’t look like other presidents, but please vote for me,” he was saying “John McCain is going to make racist attacks on me, please vote for me.” The former is the kind of reasonable, self-deprecating appeal that the Obama campaign (and most of the media) wants to pretend he made, the latter is the totally unsupported claim of racial victimization that he actually made.
Infidoll on August 2, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Excellent observation.

Akzed on August 2, 2008 at 12:31 PM

(and spare me the McCarthy-was-right e-mails, I’m talking about making vicious allegations without evidence)

Ed

McCarthy was right.

(You didn’t mention “McCarthy was right” comments).

Jaibones on August 2, 2008 at 12:34 PM

The overwhelming effect of Obama’s repeated references to race is to support those who observed early on that being “black” (whatever that means) was his only obvious qualification to run for President. Many, many people cite his race as one of their primary reasons for supporting him, while no one claims that they’ll against him on that basis.

Obviously, not many people are inclined to declare themselves racist – other than white liberals and blacks – but I believe the evidence is in the polls. A white liberal with the same views and record as Obambi would never have gotten the nomination.

Clearly he is the only one interested in making race a major issue in this election. That will be a costly decision.

Jaibones on August 2, 2008 at 12:43 PM

(and spare me the McCarthy-was-right e-mails, I’m talking about making vicious allegations without evidence)

Ed

“I have here in my hand a list of two hundred and five campaign operatives that were known to the McCain campaign as racists and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the McCain campaign.”

Paul-Cincy on August 2, 2008 at 12:44 PM

McCain is no Bill Clinton. He knows how to fight, and Obama and his team just learned that lesson.

Eight years ago you would have stopped just short of calling then President Clinton the devil, and some had even made claims that the Clinton machine had even killed people. Almost a decade, and a failed primary bid later and the Clintons are mere mortals. I think this failed bid for the presidency has been the best thing that could have happened to Hillary, and I wonder how far the campaign of 2008 has gone to strengthen her presidential bid in 2012.

DFCtomm on August 2, 2008 at 12:46 PM

The way for Obama to defuse McCain’s ads is to say, “Dang, he has got some really funny people working for him! Now about Health care…” He should shrug them off, the fact he can’t shows the thinness of his skin not the color.

Also r.e. the age vs inexperience issue, I always remember how Reagan used it against Mondale (despite his positions a veteran pol and well equipped to run for POTUS) “as far as the age question goes, I will not make the youth and inexperience of my opponent an issue.”

billhedrick on August 2, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Tom_Shipley on August 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Tom, your comments were too stupid to quote; sorry. But I love that you made these various points in one comment:

- If the talk is about race, that’s good for McCain.

- Obama thinks he is better looking than the guys on our currency.

- Obama brings up the issue of race.

- Obama doesn’t bring up the issue of race.

- McCain thinks Obama looks like Britney Spears.

- OK, I’ll quote you once: “Look, when says McCain is a risk, he is speaking to his inexperience.” Great point, Tom. What does it mean?

Jaibones on August 2, 2008 at 12:51 PM

This week’s strategic gaffes by Obama does show that McCain was right to be such a bluenose about the use of Obama’s middle name and some other GOP ads around the country, because of the media environment the campaign was going to have to operate it.

Chiding Cunningham at that Ohio rally for simply stating Barack’s middle name outraged a lot of conservatives, but it was a way for McCain to take away possible future positions of attack from the Obama campaign that the McCain people could be fairly confident that the media would parrot. The Times’ articles and editorials of the past few days proves that point, but the problem for the Obama people is that they are chomping at the bit so much to play the race card against McCain that they’ve moved the goal posts to the opposing team’s 5-yard-line, where the facts behind their claims are loopy to all but the most partisan Obama backers.

Bush also understood this dynamic in his race against Gore in 2000 — after watching the media slaughter his dad in the 1992 race, he knew that keeping quiet and being very selective in his attacks might not make hard core supporters happy, but it denied the big media the fuel they needed for their pro-Gore smears (and, four years later, that also helped lead to CBS digging up the National Guard story again and trying to use it, because of the limited targets GWB offered up on non-policy issues). McCain has the added problem of race-baiting to deal with, and has to respond to any of those charges. But as long as the campaign doesn’t give Obama or the media any ammunition create a “McCain is racist” kerfuffle, the Democrats will look more and more foolish trying to create that story line on their own.

jon1979 on August 2, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Hilton and Spears are ever so briefly shown in the ad in question. The ad goes right on to compare McCain and Obama’s stands on energy. It’s a classic compare and contrast. The celebrity charge only hurts ’cause it’s true.

Now I get to tell my students, when we all return to middle school later this month, that you don’t have to have accomplished anything to run for president. What a country! All BHO did was write two (vulgar) books… about himself and serve a grand total of 143 days in the Senate before running for POTUS.

Mojave Mark on August 2, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Have the super delegates also been threatened as racists if they did not support Obama or was money the only tactic used?

http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/07/29/did-obama-steal-the-primary-or-did-he-buy-it/

Pat in NC on August 2, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Many Clintonites insist that there was heavy intimidation and race-card playing in the early caucuses by the Obama camp against Clinton supporters and undecideds who came to the caucuses. They believe the proof is that Obama won almost no primaries other than states that have a large black population. It was not just organizational superiority. Obama’s people knew they could play on liberal white guilt in those caucuses where the vote was not secret. And when they shifted to the primaries they threw the race card at Bill Clinton. It blows my mind that the Party of Tolerance allowed this to happen, and that they were successfully able to paint America’s First Black President as a racist in a matter of weeks.

This is the dirtiest and most shamelessly cynical campaign for President that this country has ever seen.

rockmom on August 2, 2008 at 2:17 PM

McCain is no Bill Clinton. He knows how to fight, and Obama and his team just learned that lesson

Now, now I take issue with that

Bill Clinton knows well how to fight. Unfortunately Clinton was cornered on race, because racial etiquette defines his party. Obama, who lives and breathes race, threw the racial ammo at Clinton knowing the DEM oarty would never call a black Presidential candidate for throwing race bombs.

Clinton had it made to the point he and Hillary faced a black opponent. Before that, Clinton could sic his best weapon on the enemy. That weapon was the blacks of his own party, so protected by political correctness they were nearly bulletproof.

I give McCain credit for being a player. He is a seasoned politican and a fully formed adult unlike Obama and his crew.

That is the danger of being in a protected minority. You do not have a good perspective of the real world

entagor on August 2, 2008 at 2:47 PM

But there is an undercurrent of “this would be the first black president” and there probably are some voters out there who view that as somewhat of a risk.

If there is an “undercurrent” of that, it’s not because of McCain or the Republicans. It’s simply in some voter’s minds, as either a positive or a negative. I think most see that aspect of it as a positive, because I think most people in both parties would like to see that happen someday.

The “risk” is that Obama is a lying, socialist, empty suit, who’s a rookie at that. But I guess we shouldn’t let that deter us from voting for the guy, ’cause, you know, he’s a rock star.

capitalist piglet on August 2, 2008 at 4:07 PM

America is truly at an economic and moral crossroad, having already started into Stage Two of the sad road to socialism. Whether or not we plow through all three stages remains to be seen. It takes great moral courage to prevent this but politicians tend to be neither moral or courageous.

Thus it is up to what actions are moral, legal and necessary to see us, our families and friends safely through the tempest. But as a ray of hope, it is here where Americans in times past have always shown themselves most noble.

Entelechy on August 2, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Even though Hillary asked that her name not be put in nomination at the convention I think they should. She would very likely win. Every day Obama shows what an empty suit he was (and still is). His only answer to total lack of experience is to play “race”. Nobody else has, only him.

duff65 on August 2, 2008 at 4:32 PM

McCain has successfully removed a rather formidable arrow from Obama’s quivver. This “they are going to attack me because I am black” line was a standard part of his campaign in the primaries. He stuck with it because it worked.

Kudos to McCain for pointing out exactly what that statement means and the implications of it. Shame on Obama for being so careless in spreading his lies.

gridlock2 on August 2, 2008 at 4:40 PM

First, Obama campaign officials, lacking any example of McCain ever pointing directly or indirectly at Obama’s race as an issue in the campaign, have backpedaled rapidly away from any suggestion that their Republican opponent is using the very tactics Obama suggested on Wednesday.

I’m sure the Obama camp thought themselves immune to any form of questioning from the media, esp. on the race issue. They’re probably busy this weekend cleaning their underwear out. That and making Obama write 100 times, ” I will not mention race again during this campaign… “

4shoes on August 2, 2008 at 4:42 PM

WaPo: Obama … not careful

OBLAHBLAH hasn’t had to be careful, because he’s sold everyone on the single word…”CHANGE

Do some background research on him, and he’s nothing less than emulating extreme leftist Saul Alinsky, but in OBLAHBLAH’s case, he’s on steroids. Alinsky was a Chicago organizer,that had strong ties with the Communist party U.S.A.. Sound familiar?

Here are Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals

Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.

Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.

Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”

Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.

Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”

Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.

Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”

Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”

byteshredder on August 2, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Obama made an enormous mistake here, and it will cost him dearly. He should have waited for a prominent McCain supporter to say Something Racial, and then pounced

Instead, he made Stuff up, and has already retracted what he said only a few days ago.

Another Rookie Mistake by someone who is turning out to be the Worst Campaigner in quite a while

Tom Shipley–you embarrass yourself with every post. You are the poster boy for facile half-wit talking points, so keep it up: we need a laugh, and you are good for laughing at

Janos Hunyadi on August 2, 2008 at 5:44 PM

I disagree that the problem is that Obama is the first serious black candidate for POTUS: Considering his refusal to meet our wounded troops alone or meet McCain in a town hall meeting format with the ‘Great Unwashed’ asking the question, I think it’s that he’s the first yellow candidate for POTUS (and I ain’t talking about the skin color of my Chinese wife).

michaelo on August 2, 2008 at 6:13 PM

So,Obama’s not happy the way his campaign is
going,and even Obama sets up McCain with the
race card,and like any Democrat debacle,it
has blown up in the their campaign faces!

The Obama team,has been pushing this race card
since the primaries,and Obama was playing it
against HilRod,when the infamous besmirchment
of African Americans,a la “Fairy Tale” remark
by der Slickmiester!

Note to all Liberals,please play your race games,
and besmirchment attempts confined to your own party,
and lets try and have a clean campaign,even tho it’s
innate behavior among Liberals to play dirty!!!

canopfor on August 2, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Explain to me how he sounds any more intelligent than W?

Cindy Munford on August 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM

He’s a Democrat. As far as the media and half the population is concerned, it’s automatic. Democrat = Smart and Good. Republican = Dumb or Evil.

They’re not even trying to hide their bias anymore.

capitalist piglet on August 2, 2008 at 6:32 PM

remember McCain had little problem calling those opposed to amnesty, “racists” and “nativists”.

White guilt/Original sin: topic for conversations and discussions, but not on the ballot. Politicians have been frosting everything with white guilt for decades. It has gone stale and deserves to be omitted. It’s only a big deal if you can produce a final candidate that did not pander with PC. Those who didn’t got left by the wayside this year. But the implications wore too thin and are now abrasive. All of that race baiting only hurts the person who keeps it going. McCain isn’t going to use the same plays though his dream sleeps up his sleeve. Whatever bitter lessons he has learned at this point will affect its subsequent emergence.

Energy, low taxes, jobs, Middle East victory and our border security are the red button issues. Right now, we are correct to focus political attention on our energy crisis because the price of gas will determine the voter response.

Border security will keep popping up its ugly head each time an illegal alien murders or mutilates citizens regardless of what La Leche and La Raza say, regardless of what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says.

To secure the USA, start by defeating the DNC. Make Nancy Pelosi eat crow and relinquish the gavel. It’s going to be one of the coldest winters on record. Drill Now.

Come November, show up and vote!
RULE OF LAW IN THE USA.

maverick muse on August 2, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Someone explain to me when SATIRE is not protected Speech. Then Someone explain to me how Obama can excuse Ludacris- he is a talented artist but insist that an American Citizen be fired for Again SATIRE. What are Obama’s standards for making his judgements on “Speech in any Form” I hope he doesn’t have two standards. NO, he isn’t careful, and when should a sitting U.S. Senator, call for an American Citizen to be Fired over Speech. Isn’t there something in the 1st Amendment about our Free Speech? Obama is a U.S Senator that makes him the part of the Government. I won’t list all the people who can say whatever or Rap whatever they want, everyone knows Obama’s gonna be understanding because you know Ludacris is an Artist, and The Rite Rev Wright is like an Uncle to him. I thought Obama was all for Americans working? Does he think he gets to decide, which ones get to work?

http://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2008/08/02/obama-compares-massacre-of-30-students-to-verbal-violence-of-imus/

Dr Evil on August 2, 2008 at 7:31 PM

@ 7:31 Obama lacks compassion for 30 murdered Virginia Tech students. Rather than sharing a simple rhetorical expression of “deepest sympathy”, he says there’s nothing to do but jump on the racist bandwagon honking his horn about sports.

that’s obama’s chip on the shoulder

maverick muse on August 2, 2008 at 7:44 PM

Obama can not feign indignation at Ludacris by denouncing the b*tch retort on Hillary and neglecting to denounce Ludacris’ verbal abuse threatening McCain and Bush.

We all see what a bastard Obama is, aligning with the likes of Ludacris to literally attack those who won’t kiss his *ss.

maverick muse on August 2, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Tom_Shipley on August 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM

For crying out loud, TS. The issue is not about Obama’s looks– although Obama keeps framing his remarks on that point.

The McCain ads were pointing out that the pop tarts to who Obama is likened are simply famous for being famous. They have no commanding credentials. They are flash-in-the-pan lightweights, acceptable for paparazzi and non-critically thinking followers.

Being an entertainment figure satisfies the ego of the insecure. It is not a qualification for a demanding, serious candidate whose decisions affect a nation.

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2008 at 8:36 PM

From the beginning, Axelrod framed the issue of this election and Obama’s candidacy into being one of race, and the media hopped on the bandwagon. By making any objection to Obama, his “vision,” or his “policies” one of being racist, the Dem contender put any of his opponents on the defensive and diverted adult discussion away from the issues, points where Obama is demonstrably weaker in facts and experience.

His pattern of weak credentials began with his being a state legislator through his election to the US Senate. He most certainly is not presidential caliber.

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Obama called Ludacris an artist, that means Ludacris makes Art. So is this Art, link below? NHH in context was SATIRE maybe not very good SATIRE but SATIRE. This is what? Imus has stated he is pro McCain maybe it is different when someone doesn’t share your uh political idealogy. Obama is for selective free speech, only for his supporters?

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=52f_1217434061&p=1

Dr Evil on August 2, 2008 at 9:20 PM

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2008 at 8:36 PM

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Spot on!

coldwarrior on August 2, 2008 at 9:25 PM

By making any objection to Obama, his “vision,” or his “policies” one of being racist, the Dem contender put any of his opponents on the defensive …
onlineanalyst on August 2, 2008 at 8:48 PM

That was a gift for McCain. Obama’s racially protected status is not unnoticed by the great unwashed (a.k.a. non black voters)

As Obama and the MSM stoke the flames the public has one forum to express resentment and that is the voting booth.

Obama lived a sheltered life, from radical parent, to ivy league apologist professors, to activist organizer, to bomb throwing buddies, to America hating Farrakhan loving preacher, to self loather press he always had an amiable audience.

He probably thinks he sounds like a moderate and he does to the Saul Alinsky crowd.

Marx understood the best way to stoke a revolution was to build resentment in the masses against the privileged class.

Obama foolisly assumed he was one of the masses but chose to define himself as one of the privileged class. That was the mistake of not making his bid color blind

Arugula anyone?

entagor on August 3, 2008 at 1:08 AM

I think the Cheerleading MSM is the one harming Obama, they have turned him into “The American Idol” Canidate. Why ratings it isn’t as much about bias as it is a self serving motivation. The thing about the Media that Camp Obama seems to have forgotten they love to build up a “phenom” just so they can tear it down. I don’t know if Obama can withstand the eventual downturn and the over expsosure. People who handle celeberitys are aware that over exposure can cause people to lose interest.

John McCain said, they were having fun, that is another difference in the campaigns. The Obama camp has no sense of humor, this is all deadly serious. Maybe that will be the next McCain Political Add, Obama vs Sanjaya. Sanjaya wasn’t as talented as he was an oddity, he drew attention to himself with his hairdos :) Obama look at me, I’m not white! Who cares? I don’t. Obama needs to fire his 300 advisors and get new ones.

The Superficial are attracted to Obama as a rule, they don’t stand in Voter lines for long periods of time but the folks who went for Hillary in the Primary, have no problem standing in line to Vote.

Dr Evil on August 3, 2008 at 8:31 AM

A lot of people thought we’d need a fence straddler to win.

I don’t think so, the Democrats embarrassment of riches is turning out to be just more embarrassment than riches.

We coulda hada real Conservative.

Speakup on August 2, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Q.F.T.

fossten on August 3, 2008 at 10:14 AM

OT somewhat. The talking heads w/ Stephanopoulos this morning were talking race as I walked by the tv. A couple highlights:

– Barack injected race into the campaign to make people more comfortable.

– Showing Obama as Moses sends the message that Obama is “uppity”, per Gergen and Gergen knows because Gergen is from the South.

Gergen obviously isn’t paying attention if he thinks Obama was Moses in the ad and not the Seal of God parting the ocean.

Dusty on August 3, 2008 at 10:51 AM