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Barack Obama, his campaign cronies, and the liberal media have been predicting racially-oriented attacks against Obama from the "Republican smear machine" for at least a year now. Actually, "predicting" is the wrong word. The Obamans didn't predict racist attacks, they STATED WITH CERTAINTY that the racist Republicans would try to scare Americans to death by playing the race card against Obama. In fact, they were so certain these attacks would occur that they have imagined them into being out of nothing. In the absence of any overt racism by Republicans, the Obamans go looking for the "subtext," the "veiled racism." Let me explain how this subtle form of racism happens.
If a Republican says "Obama is inexperienced," what the Republican really means is "Obama is black."
If a Republican says "Obama wants to lose the war in Iraq," what the Republican really means is "Obama is black."
If a Republican says "Obama's economic plan is a disaster," what the Republican really means is "Obama is black."
If a Republican says "Obama is all style and no substance," what the Republican really means is....well, you get the picture.
See how that works ? It's quite simple. Such lunacy used to be called paranoia, but no more. Now, such phony baloney is taken seriously by the news media, and some of the most imaginary of the media personalities (Keith Olbermann comes immediately to mind), believe completely in this imaginary Republican racism ("look Rachel ! McCain called Obama a CELEBRITY ! That's a code word !").
Even worse, Barack Obama apparently believes in this imaginary racism too. He as much as called John McCain's campaign racist by making the following statement:
“[McCain's] spending an awful lot of time talking about me. You notice that?” Obama asked a crowd of just over one thousand seated in a university gym. “I haven’t seen an ad yet where he talks about what he’s going to do. And the reason is because those folks know they don’t have any good answers, they know they’ve had their turn over the last eight years and made a mess of things. They know that you’re not real happy with them and so the only way they figure they’re going to win this election is if they make you scared of me,” Obama continued, repeating an attack from earlier in the day. “What they’re saying is ‘Well, we know we’re not very good but you can’t risk electing Obama. You know, he’s new, he doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency, he’s a got a funny name.’”
Let's be clear. John McCain has NEVER made a racial reference to Barack Obama. He has NEVER said anything remotely resembling the "he doesn't look like us" comment that Obama is attributing to him. Obama is offering up a complete fiction here.
Obama has played variations on the "I don't look like the other presidents" theme many times. He played the race card against the Clintons, though in fairness, there were a couple comments from Bill Clinton that could reasonably have been considered race-based, and a left wing blogger and Hillary supporter did start that Michelle Obama "whitey" rumor. Now Obama is playing the race card again against John McCain in the face of absolutely no evidence. When the McCain campaign correctly shot back at the Obama campaign for the phony racist charge, Obama's press secretary Bill Burton responded with the following coverup:
" Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they’re using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he’ll continue to talk about."
Say what ??? If Obama doesn't believe McCain is using race as an issue, then why did Obama ACCUSE McCain of using race as an issue ? Of course Obama was talking about race. Burton's illogical gibberish has become an Obama campaign staple, where the opposite of the truth is presented as the truth by the Obamans. Another recent example of this phenomenon is Obama's statement about offshore oil drilling, where Obama claims that drilling will "merely prolong the failed energy policies we have seen from Washington for 30 years." Again, say what ??? The failed policies of the past 30 years are to a large part based upon the fact that DOMESTIC OIL DRILLING HAS BEEN BANNED the entire time. Enabling offshore oil drilling would be a reversal of the failed policies of the past, not a continuance of them. Obama's statement about drilling is as fictional as his statements about Republican racism.
Obama owes McCain an apology for his race-based comments, not that I expect McCain will receive one. It seems to me that when race does enter this political campaign, it originates from Obama's side, not from the opposition.