Saturday, June 21, 2008

Obama plays the race card

In Florida:
"They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?
The fact that Obama is young and inexperienced -- prior to 2005, he was an Illinois state legislator -- is fair game. But have the Republicans ever made an issue of Obama's race? No, nor are they ever likely to do so.

Obama's trying to play the victim, and if he keeps it up, he will generate a backlash. Americans are going to have a hard time believing a Harvard Law graduate who owns a $1.65 million home is a victim.

UPDATE: Ed Morrisey:
The ironic part of this argument is that it ignores the tactics his fellow Democrats used in the primary. . . . It was, after all, staffers on the Hillary Clinton campaign that sent the photo of Obama in African garb to the Drudge Report. It was Bill Clinton who suggested that Obama’s victory in South Carolina was no more significant than Jesse Jackson’s in 1988.
When Democrats do it, nobody notices.


  1. While you are correct that McCain has not made race an issue and so does not deserve Obama's accusation that he has, Republicans at large are not so innocent. Every day I hear comments by conservative acquaintances that they just can't bear the thought of having a Black president with an African name. Barak Obama's remarks spring from what so many of us know: the insidious disease of racism is still rampant in our country.

  2. McCain wouldn't dare make an issue of his race blatantly and out loud, but large portions of the Republican (and the Democratic) party will happily do so in his place. Obama isn't claiming that this is necessarily happening to him BY McCain, right NOW, but that in the next 5 months, this will be one of the issues everybody against him will be hinting at. And he's right.