Nation columnist on Obama: Why does John Howard hate brown people?

He’s got a pretty vicious rant and an important action alert about Howard’s prescience on multiculturalism and all the horribly racist thoughts his left-wing political opponents are sure he’s thinking.

Yeah, I predicted it. Didn’t you?

Is Howard, arguably the truest believer in the Iraq War this side of Dick Cheney, so supportive of the Bush administration that he is ready to attack anyone who challenges the president? No, that’s not the case. In fact, Howard has in recent days gone out of his way to tell Australians that he did not intend to “generically” criticize American Democrats; rather, he clarified, he was specifically attacking Obama. “I don’t apologise for criticising Senator Obama’s observation because I thought what he said was wrong,” explained Howard.

But Howard, a savvy student of US politics, is unquestionably aware that many prominent Democrats — including figures such as John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, who are far better known in Australia than Obama — have criticized both the war in Iraq, which Howard continues to support unquestioningly, and the general approach of the Bush Administration to the so-called “war on terror.”

So why the full-force assault on Obama, who has gained more global attention because he might be the first black presient of the United States than because of his stance on the Iraq War?

Consider that last paragraph your exit question. Any answers? Any idea why John Howard, in an interview on Saturday night, would have zeroed in on a guy who made worldwide headlines earlier that same day by announcing his candidacy for the presidency? Let me know what you come up with in the comments.