I have to say, despite the fact that I know the next few weeks worth of nonsense and smears coming from the GOP and the McCain are going to drive me insane, this seems to me to be rather unsubstantiated and unfair:
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.
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.
I read her comments in their entirety, watched the video, and while it was nasty and from my perspective, bullshit, there didn’t seem to me to be any racial component. That was the same sort of bilge they throw at any Democrat- divisive and a sign of desperation, yes, but racial subtext? I am not seeing it.
Again, this is the sort of thing they would be saying no matter who the Democratic candidate was- “they want to coddle terrorists, they have shady ties to unsavory sorts, they do not love America like we do,” etc. It wasn’t racist when they said that crap about John Kerry, so just because Obama happens to be black does not make it automatically racially loaded.
I have been wrong about things before, but I am just not hearing the dogwhistle here. Yes, Sarah Palin is an asshole, and those remarks were obnoxious, stupid, and factually inaccurate, but I have a really hard time thinking they are racially loaded remarks. The real test is whether or not you think they would be saying the same things about Joe Biden, Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, John Edwards, or any of the other candidates from the Democratic primary.
We all know they would be saying the same damned things, so it is hard to code this as racial subtext. It is just politics as usual for the GOP in October.
*** Update ***
The real danger here is if a bunch of Obama supporters start screaming racism over this nonsense and the AP and the McCain campaign with an assist from liberals manage to turn Obama into a racially aggrieved Sharptonesque angry black man thirty days out. Don’t play the fool, folks. If Obama is smart and he gets asked about this, he will say that of course it was not racist. It was just a BS attack on his patriotism and the same old GOP politics.
*** Update #2 ***
Someone more energetic than me go tell all the righties with their knickers in a twist that the Obama campaign has not called anyone racist. It was the AP. And while you all may not realize it, “teh left” hates the Ron Fournier AP as much as you all do. I know this is difficult to comprehend, but it was an AP writer who asserted this, not Obama or his campaign. Their response is the following:
Unless I have missed it, that was their response, combined with the following comment:
Governor Palin’s comments, while offensive, are not surprising, given the McCain campaign’s statement this morning that they would be launching Swift boat-like attacks in hopes of deflecting attention from the nation’s economic ills. In fact, the very newspaper story Governor Palin cited in hurling her shameless attack made clear that Senator Obama is not close to Bill Ayers, much less “pals,” and that he has strongly condemned the despicable acts Ayers committed 40 years ago, when Obama was eight. What’s clear is that John McCain and Sarah Palin would rather spend their time tearing down Barack Obama than laying out a plan to build up our economy.
So stop pretending the Obama campaign is calling you racist. They are not.