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As I mentioned in my last post, some Democrats are seeing all kinds of imaginary racial codespeak in the words of John McCain and Sarah Palin. So I have to ask those same Democrats, are the following words from Barack Obama an example of that same racial codespeak ? And if not, why not ?
A couple minutes after congratulating McCain for toning down his rhetoric, Obama warned that people shouldn't be "hoodwinked" or "bamboozled" by McCain.
In the movie Malcom X, Denzel Washington delivers these words as a warning to black people about white politicians who seek to mislead them. Denzel says, "Every election year, these politicians are sent up here to pacify us. You’ve been hoodwinked. Bamboozled.” (link to video here)
"Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse. "During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama."
Boy, I thought McCain=Bush was a real stretch. Now they have McCain being the same as George Wallace. Stop the insanity. What is doubly strange here is that John McCain has previously expressed his admiration for John Lewis. I assume that no longer applies. McCain has called upon Barack Obama to denounce these racial comments coming from the Democrats. Let's see if Obama does it. He should. Of course, if we use the Democrat's standard of hypersensitive intolerance for alleged racial codespeak, Obama will also have to denounce himself, since Obama using "hoodwinked" and "bamboozled" is a far more overt nod to race-based pandering than anything McCain or Palin have said. Btw, Obama used the exact same "hoodwinked" and "bamboozled" rhetoric about the Clintons in South Carolina during the primaries.
So, what say you, Democrats ? Do we have one standard here, or a double standard ? Any condemnations of your fellow Democrats yet, including Barack Obama ? Or are we still playing 'let's pretend' ?