The Race Card Saga Continues

1 Aug

 

Sen. Barack Obama made some bold charges along the campaign trail yesterday. In Union, Missouri, Obama flat out declared what he had only earlier implied – that John McCain is running a campaign in which he is pointing out that Obama has “got a funny name and he doesn’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills,” meaning of course that Obama is African-American.

The McCain camp responded with: “Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck,” said Rick Davis, the campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in a statement issued just now. “It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.”

Only a Matter of Time

The McCain camp knew it was only a matter of time before the Obama camp played the race card against McCain because they had the audacity to do it to the Clintons. If Obama camp would make that charge against a legendary two time president of their own party, they’d attack anyone with it.

From Politico:

“Say whatever you want about Bill Clinton,” Schmidt said, “but it’s deeply unfair to suggest his criticism of Obama was race-based. President Clinton was a force for unity in this country on this subject. Every American should be proud of his record as both a governor and president. But we knew it was coming in our direction because they did it against a President of the United State of their own party.” 

The Denial Followed by the Truth

The Obama camp initially attempted to deny that Obama’s remark was a reference to race. Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs told the AP yesterday:

“What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn’t get here after spending decades in Washington. There is nothing more to this than the fact that he was describing that he was new to the political scene. He was referring to the fact that he didn’t come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race.”

But today, the Obama camp abandoned that flawed approach (because no one bought it) and just admitted it was indeed a reference to race. Duh!

From ABC News:

Sen. Barack Obama’s chief strategist conceded that the Democratic presidential candidate was referring to his race when he said Republicans were trying to scare voters by suggesting Obama “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

From Political Punch:

Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod was asked by Chris Cuomo on Good Morning America just what Obama was driving at with his comments that “McCain and the Republicans” would make an issue out of the fact that “he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills.”

This is how Axelrod answered: “He’s not from central casting when it comes to presidents of the United States, he’s young, he’s new to Washington, yes, he’s African American.”

Watch HERE.

Calling Out McCain HUGE Mistake

Now, it’s no surprise to many PUMAs that the race card came out when an attack was staged against Obama. It’s what always magically seems to happen. What makes this a new and noteworthy event is that it’s the first time that Obama has had a direct and undeniable hand in leveling the charge.

Calling out McCain specifically was a mistake. There is no evidence that John McCain has ever said anything remotely racial as implied by Obama. While there is a lot of racist stuff out there, McCain has NOT been pushing any of it, in fact, he’s condemned it:

  • Back in February, McCain apologized for some questionable comments made by a local radio host.
  • In April, he condemned the North Carolina Republican Party’s ad featuring images of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
  • McCain has NOT made fun of Obama’s name, nor ever mentioned Obama’s middle name (probably the only republican who has not)

The one exception was back in March when McCain suspended a low-level campaign staffer for sending out to a small group of friends a link to a video that attempts to tie Obama not only to Wright but to the black power movement, rappers Public Enemy and Malcolm X. Again, that was not McCain himself, or anyone he dealt with on a regular basis. It was a very low-level staffer who McCain quickly suspended making it very clear to others in the McCain camp that racial stuff would not be tolerated at all.

McCain Victim of Racial Attacks

McCain’s tough approach to avoid any racial dirty tricks likely stems from his own suffering back in 2000, when the Bush camp- under the evil direction of Karl Rove- attacked McCain in South Carolina. The dirty tricks against McCain included lies about his adopted Bangladeshi daughter Bridget, who was alleged, by the goons of the Bush camp, to have been a McCain love-child with an African-American woman. In fact, Bridget was adopted from one of Mother Theresa’s orphanages which was thought to be common knowledge, but with racial rumormongering by Rove, it hurt McCain’s campaign in the South, not to mention what it did to his hurt his family personally.

Can’t Cry Wolf Again

Yes, Obama played the race card. Obama brought race into this leg of the campaign not John McCain. This mistake on Obama’s part will make it much harder for the Obama camp as a whole to throw around the race card accusation against others.

Hooray! Finally, we get back to issues and policies and leave race out of it I hope.

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