Sunday, October 12, 2008

Get Used To This

A Democratic Representative from Georgia, John Lewis, has compared John McCain and Sarah Palin to George Wallace. Governor George Wallace was a segregation proponent from Georgia. Rep Lewis, in comparing McCain and Palin to Wallace, is claiming that they are fanning the flames of hatred.

"What I am seeing reminds me of too much of another destructive period in American history," Lewis said in a statement released to FOX News. "Senator McCain and Governor Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse."

Rest of the story here:

The implication couldn’t be clearer, criticizing Barack Obama is racism.

The reality is that we better get used to this. I predicted early on that this would be the pattern. Towards the end if Obama was losing, or was under attack, his supporters will trot out the racism charge. It is an absolute gaurantee. He of course will stay above the fray, he has even come out and disagreed with Rep Lewis on this, but it’s out there.

In fact I will go even farther and say it is a planned strategy. Stand ins will cry racism and Obama will say “no, I don’t think he meant it that way”. Obama’s campaign knows, as well as I do, what the media is going to report. They won’t report the denial by Obama as much as they will report the charge of racism against McCain.

This happened after the last debate. Obama supporters raised a fuss over McCain’s “that one” remark. Somehow “that one” has now become a racist remark. The campaign let the issue stew awhile, let their supporters attack, let the media report on it. Then after a little while, Michelle Obama quitely went on Larry King and said she didn’t feel that McCain meant to be racist. This is a win-win for Obama. His supporters tar and feather McCain in the media, at the same time if they are attacked for raising a false call of racism, they can point to Michelle’s remarks on King.

The scary part is that if the phrase “that one” can be turned into charges of racism, what could McCain say that is ok?

This brings us back to my original point, we better get used to it. The reality is is that this is going to happen. The question is, will it help Obama? 20 – 30 years ago you would have to say yes. Today, I’m not so sure. These charges of racism are mostly a matter of speaking to the choir. They also could have the effect of turning off people that were already leery of Obama on the race issue. Fewer and fewer whites today are full of “white guilt”. I think a lot of whites are growing increasingly wearisome of the constant cries of racism. It’s possible that this may make some resentful. Time will tell.


Mustang said...

I'm growing very weary of claims by racists that anyone who disagrees with Obama is a racist.

I remain disgusted that 90% of blacks are voting for Obama because he is black. The word for this is, STUPID.

The fact is, the only American political party with a tradition of racism is the party of Barack Obama.

I guess we need yet another statement at the conclusion of political ads: I'm White, and I approved this Message.

Well, here's mine: I'm red, white, and blue, and I approved this comment.

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Chuck, I think that the nuts are coming out of the woodwork

Chuck said...

Thanks, Mustang. AS I said, I think this could actually turn people off.

DD2, they've been out for awhile, they're just getting stirred up.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I also don't buy into "the Bradley effect".

I'm sick of those implying that anyone who doesn't vote for Obama is doing so because of race.

Always On Watch said...

I'm sick and tired of this nonsense! Disagreeing with Obama is the seeds of hatred and division? Come on! This is an election. There is naturally a lot of division and even animosity, particularly when there is no incumbent.

MK said...

The election i think, has come down to this, you know those radical leftists you see screaming and raving when a conservative tries to speak at a university or college etc? They are what Obama represents. They will be the ones running the show. What a lot of people need to understand is that it's not that they disagree with you or are forced to listen to you, nothing to do with that, they don't care what you say. They've made up their minds about you and nothing you do, bar tow their ideological line unquestioningly, will change their minds.

Whether you vote for Obama or not is irrelevant, to them you are racists and they will not stop labeling you as racist. If he wins, they might not call you racist, but they sure will still think it and act accordingly.

The choice before Americans is this, don't vote for Obama and you'll get branded racists and just about everything else under the sun, but you'll be counted. If you allow yourselves to be brow-beaten and bullied into voting for him or letting him win to avoid the racism tag, then you will find out that there is worse than being simply called racist, you simply will not count as your country is re-shaped.

Joe said...

I'm not a fact I faught for Dr. MLK, Jr.'s cause back n my less conservative, more idealistic days.

But I have determined to use the phrase "that one" at every possible opportunity.

In fact, I think I'll use it now:

That one. THAT one. That ONE.

How insanely rediculous!

Chuck said...

Wordsmith, I actually do think there is a Bradley effect. What's more, I think it's funny because it's liberals wo are not voting for blacks. They're tolerant on the phone and willing to vote for a black candidate but are little racists when they get to the voting booth.

AOW, since the writing of this last night, we have a new one, John McCain said he was going to 'whip Barack Obama's ass'. A stupid thing to say that could set up false expectations but not racist. Ooops, turns out it is though because he used the word "whip". sigh

I love the reaction on the left to some of the vitriol at the McCain/Palin rallies. While I think it needs to be toned down, the left needs to stop being so damned hypocritical. Evidently your only supposed to talk like this, and worse, about sitting Republican Presidents.

Chuck said...

Joe, welcome and thanks for stopping by. Maybe McCain should have just gone for and instead of saying he was going to "whip Obama's ass" to he was going to "whip That One's ass". If he's going to piss them off, he may as well do it completely.

nancy said...

Wallace is a joke, these supposedly serious senators sound like harpies. The American People get it, they know Obama's like to cry out racism every time a legitimate argument is brought up. They are so transparent these people.

Chuck said...

Thanks, Nancy