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Race Card Charges and Campaign Discord Mark Dog Days of Summer

By Dan Balz
Who let the dogs out?

Was it Barack Obama, who not so subtly pointed to John McCain and seemingly accused him of trying to scare voters by drawing attention to the fact that Obama doesn't look like (read: he is African American) all the other presidents? Or was it McCain's campaign, which cried foul over Obama's statements with such vehemence that race became the story of the day on all the networks, in all the papers and on all the blogs?

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis and Obama chief strategist David Axelrod continued to argue the question of who played the race card on the Friday morning shows. Davis blamed Obama; Axelrod blamed Davis.

"We were reacting to what Barack Obama himself said about John McCain," Davis said on NBC's "Today Show." "And I think we were perfectly within our rights to protect our candidate and to point out that we're not going to lay down for these kinds of tactics. And I think that was fair. We'll let the chips fall where they may when it comes to how people perceive this, but we are not going to let anybody paint John McCain, who's fought his entire life for equal rights for everyone, to be able to be painted as racist. We've seen this happen before and we've not going to let it happen to us."

"He said it to a crowd in rural Missouri, 99 percent white," Axelrod said moments later on the same program, explaining the context of Obama's remarks. "There were all kinds of press there. Nobody reported it as a racial comment. Nobody certainly said what Rick Davis just said, that he called John McCain a racist. The only time this became an issue was when Rick Davis and their campaign decided to kick it up and make it a racial issue, and that's exactly what -- they've been running a negative campaign for weeks."

Four things are already clear from the controversy. First, Obama campaign officials, lacking any example of McCain ever pointing directly or indirectly at Obama's race as an issue in the campaign, have backpedaled rapidly away from any suggestion that their Republican opponent is using the very tactics Obama suggested on Wednesday.

Campaign manager David Plouffe was pressed hard during a conference call on Thursday for examples and could not point to any. An inquiry to the Obama campaign later in the day produced no immediate response and later no answer to a direct question asking for evidence to buttress Obama's suggestion that McCain would try to scare people into not voting for Obama because he's black.

Officials deny that Obama was suggesting that McCain is racist or running on a racially based message. But they believe the McCain campaign has embraced a low-road strategy and, hoping to contrast themselves with previous Democratic nominees, are prepared to respond to every attack.

Second, the sense of grievance over this issue within McCain's high command is deep and palpable. Those emotions led to the decision to have Davis call out Obama on Thursday with his extraordinarily provocative statement: "Barack Obama has played the race card and he played it from the bottom of the deck," he said. "It's divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."

Before all this happened, McCain advisers believed that the Obama campaign successfully pinned a racist label on Bill Clinton during the during primaries -- for comments that drew protests from some leading African American politicians -- and were determined not to let the same happen to McCain. Also, they take personally any suggestion from the Obama campaign that they are part of a campaign that would play the race card and are indignant about it.

Ironically, the McCain camp's celebrity ad comparing Obama to the vapid pair of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears drew some criticism as a subtle attempt to play the race card in the same way Republicans did against Harold Ford in the 2006 Senate race with the ad that concluded with an attractive young blonde woman saying, "Harold, call me." McCain advisers are as incensed over those suggestions as Obama advisers are over Davis's charge.

Third, the more that race is a topic of conversation, the more it could hurt Obama. Though he has been direct in warning about the use of scare tactics by his opponents, he is deeply aware that he is asking much of the electorate to cast a vote for someone with his biography and experience.

How he creates a comfort level with voters is a major challenge and one that he and his advisers believe cannot be done overnight. What he fears is that his opponents -- and here I do not refer directly to McCain -- will poison the environment with innuendo. He has struggled against outright falsehoods throughout the whole campaign. But simply making people feel comfortable with the truth of his candidacy is challenging.

Finally, the lack of respect between the two candidates continues to grow. Both began the general election with predictable statements about their desire to have a vigorous but respectful debate. Obama regularly pays tribute to McCain's service in Vietnam. McCain has spoken with admiration for Obama's obvious talents.

In reality, neither now seems to have a high opinion of the other. McCain's lack of respect has been evident for some time. He seems to view Obama as a pretender, who talks about change but has not been willing to cross his party or any important constituencies as a senator, which in McCain's view is necessary to truly change Washington. Obama certainly does honor McCain's service, but is dismayed over what he regards as continuous attacks from McCain.

That atmosphere made it all more inevitable that the kind of explosion that occurred this week would come at some point. Now it will be hard to go back.

No one expects the level of discord to stay at the level of the past few days, but there is every reason to believe that the remaining 95 days will see more such episodes. The stakes are too high, the conditions too ripe, and the campaigns too ready to go to the brink. Whether it could have been otherwise is a question only the campaigns themselves can answer.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 1, 2008; 1:23 PM ET
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Comments

MC Cain DID put OBAMA face on a bill! In the Seal ad.
Isn't this relevant !
As others have said PLEASE CORRECT AND REPORT!
No MSM outlet has yet. I have posted and e-mailed everywhere!

Break this story!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-shaw/reading-the-pictures-emdo_b_116451.html

Posted by: grahamvarnum | August 5, 2008 3:18 AM | Report abuse

8-10

Posted by: JakeD | August 4, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

The Pundits are wrong. Mccain isn't leading anything. Obama wants to give Americans $1,000. from the profits of oil companies and Mccain wants us to wait 7-10 years before a drop of oil is produced. Which one would you prefer the $1,000. Obama's offering or 7-10 years until Mccain produces oil, if he's lucky?

Posted by: Janice | August 4, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

The Pundits are wrong. Mccain isn't leading anything. Obama wants to give Americans $1,000. from the profits of oil companies and Mccain wants us to wait 7-10 years before a drop of oil is produced. Which one would you prefer the $1,000. Obama's offering or 7-10 years until Mccain produces oil, if he's lucky?

Posted by: Janice | August 4, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama played the race card, just as he has on many previous occasions from the start of his campaign.

Anyone that listens to or believes David Axelrod about anything is being naive and gullible. Axelrod is as slimy and dishonest as they come.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Four things are already clear from the controversy. First, Obama campaign officials, lacking any example of McCain ever pointing directly or indirectly at Obama's race as an issue in the campaign"

The dollar bill comment comes directly from a McCain attack:

http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/08/04/mccain-campaign-did-mock-obama-on-dollar-bill/

Posted by: pdxgeek | August 4, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Attached is a link to an ad that McCain's camp launched in June 2008. They clearly used race as a bait. The ad is pitiful. You decide who played the race card first.

http://www.jedreport.com/2008/08/setting-the-rec.html

My concern is that the media has failed to show this ad and have failed to comment or demand answers to McCain about this ad. We, the American people should demand the media to question McCain's camp about his ad. He has clearly played the race card first. What a shame. This old man is pitiful..and to think that he wants to be in charge of our country which is aready frucked up! My Gosh!

Posted by: Lucy | August 4, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Obama has done more to root out racism in america than anyone ever. Here is a list of prominent American Racists:

1, Bill Clinton
2, Hillary Clinton
3, John McCain
4, Everyone who doesn't trust him
5, Everyone who doesn't vote for him
6, Every Republican

Feel free to keep adding, we should make this a chain letter

Posted by: DCDave | August 4, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Are we going to allow another angry old man to take charge of the White House?...............
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/08/04/nasty-campaigns-by-angry-old-men/

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | August 4, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

According to David Gergen, who worked for presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush I and Clinton, said that McCain was referring to race in code. Gergen opines that anyone who has lived in the south recognizes the code words for "he's uppity" and "he needs to stay in his place." If you ask me, the McCain ad is a variation of the campaign ad that the Tennessee GOP ran against Harold Ford in 2004, although the McCain campaign denies this.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/03/gergen-mccain-is-using-co_n_116605.html

While we're on this subject, Kathy Hilton, mother of Paris Hilton is really PO'd about McCain demeaning her child's image for a childish campaign prop.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-hilton/mccains-celebrity-ad-friv_b_116593.html

BTW, did he get rights to use Paris Hilton or even Britney Spear's likeness for this purpose? Interesting if Paris, Britney or both of them decides to drop him a cease and desist order from their lawyers.

Just think, what do you think about a person donating to a person running for president and that person's campaign uses the funds for running stupid, demeaning campaign ads to demean another person? That's the problem with McCain and the Hiltons - Both Rick and Kathy Hilton donated to McCain's campaign before he ran that campaign.

What were the McCain people thinking to insult their own campaign donors? Not a smart thing to do to rich people who could turn on you in a blink.

Posted by: Bad Decision | August 4, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

"What about the dollar Bill Mccain put Obama face to in June/" Posted by: Tammy | August 4, 2008 2:43 AM

What about then, Obama being president, as asked by that ad? Being president. Is any ad question posed by McCain supposed to be racist. He adopted an Indonesian FGS. Give it a break.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 6:00 AM | Report abuse

'ol scumbag mcsame, screwing his country at every opportunity if it makes him a political point.

Posted by: onetruepatriot | August 2, 2008 2:14 PM

Mrs or Mr onetruepatriot, what have you done lately for your country besides spew foul mouthed garbage?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 5:55 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: PeteH

PeteH: throwing mud, repeating slander. Clintons have spent more time in the black community and in black churches than Barack Obama can ever hope to in his lifetime. Give me a break

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 5:51 AM | Report abuse

"Whether it could have been otherwise is a question only the campaigns themselves can answer."

I have personally found much more openess in interactions with people of color since the primary season was winding down.

Obama cannot have it both ways. He is running as the "presumptive" nominee, presumptive is that he is right now, although may not be after the convention. He made the first remark. This is national politics, not running for the Illnois State Legislature. Whatever he says and whatever McCain says is fair game for voters to see,analyse, srutinize.

It will be up to convention delegates and voters "to answer". JustSayNoDeal.com is watching this too.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 5:46 AM | Report abuse

What about the dollar Bill Mccain put Obama face to in June. Maybe thats what Obama was talking about. It wasn't mention on your blog at all. "Not even Kathy Hilton who called Mccain's ads a waste of his supporters money and time." Why would Mccain disrespect his supporters and inject their daughter into a political campaign. Thats very disrespectful now they have to hear their daughter called all kinds of names after giving Mccain $ 4,600. dollars in support of his candidacy. Mccain is an idiot and he shows no respect for people and he's arrogant and lacks judgement. He deserves Britney, Paris, and Obama an apology. Those poor girls have problems of their own.

Posted by: Tammy | August 4, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Mccain did play the race card. Obama is a man and if he wanted to compare him to a pop star why not Will Smith or Justin Timberlake. How can you compare a man to 2 women? What was the point of using 2 women. It was the scary black man with White Women again. Poor Britney and Paris, they got the raw deal out of Mccains desperate ads. The pundits have called them bimbo's, dumb blondes, and air heads. The real funny part is the Hilton's maxed out donations to Mccains campaign. "Now Kathy Hilton, said Mccains ads are a waste of his supporters money and a waste of time." To talk about presumptious, Mccain has some nerve taking the Hiltons money and throwing their daughter into a political campaign for the pundits and commentators to pick apart. Yea, Mccain really does has good judgement. No more than my big toe.

Posted by: Frank | August 4, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8sJ4IQGxEg&feature=related

Obama does and will continue to have his secrets. You need to learn to accept that he will never fully disclose his secrets.

For example:

1. Who paid for his trip to Pakistan in 1981;
2. Who is paying for his campaign;
3. Why he refused to register for Selective Service in July 1980;
4. Why he won't release his birth certificate (and not the extraction he did release);
5. Why he won't release his baptismal certificate;
6. Why he won't tell about his relationship with murderer homosexual Donald Young;
7. Why he won't tell what he did in Pakistan in 1981;
8. Why won't he release his college transcripts;
etc. etc.

WHAT A DISGRACE!!! This is really
getting

scary!?

Obama The Patriot - Removes American Flag From His Plane

The Patriot Room

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:11:07 AM by Bill

Dupray

Barack Obama recently finished a $500,000 total overhaul of his 757.

And as part of the new design, he decided to remove the American


flag from the tail...

What American running for President of the United States would

remove the symbol of his country? And worse, he replaced the
flag with it with a symbol of himself...? All American Presidential
nominees planes have carried the American Flag - Even John
Kerry.


Please forward this on if you're not ashamed of your country or it's
flag & think this is a disgrace!
Check it out....if you don;t believe me..................??

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/airplane.asp

Posted by: maggieb | August 4, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Wake up America
When Bush came into office eight years ago, I was working at one of the largest state office in the U.S.. One of the first thing on G.W. Bush's agenda was to remove Affirmative Action from the hiring process. When he did that, I heard my managers speaking, they said "Now we don't have to hire or promote anymore blacks". That year and the years to follow, African Americans in my unit did not receive any promotions and their was no new hires for blacks. Yes we need equal opportunity for all races when it comes to hiring, but first we need to tilt the scale to balance equally. Only then can we remove the need to enforce affirmative action.

On the predudice issue, everyone is predudice to some extent, some more than others. As for McCain, Yes he is very Predudice against Blacks and all other people of Color. He is also smart to take advise and adopt a black child to cover up his predudice persona in order to win black votes. But the truth is, it just makes us angry and we are not fooled by his feeble attemps and lies. Throughout the years, we have heard all of the lies, tricks, and simple minded attemps to fool simple minded people in order for a presidentual contender to become president. We are watching and we are no longer simple minded. We will never vote for a McCain. By the way I'm White.

Posted by: Press Release | August 3, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Wake up America
When Bush came into office eight years ago, I was working at one of the largest state office in the U.S.. One of the first thing on G.W. Bush's agenda was to remove Affirmative Action from the hiring process. When he did that, I heard my managers speaking, they said "Now we don't have to hire or promote anymore blacks". That year and the years to follow, African Americans in my unit did not receive any promotions and their was no new hires for blacks. Yes we need equal opportunity for all races when it comes to hiring, but first we need to tilt the scale to balance equally. Only then can we remove the need to enforce affirmative action.

On the predudice issue, everyone is predudice to some extent, some more than others. As for McCain, Yes he is very Predudice against Blacks and all other people of Color. He is also smart to take advise and adopt a black child to cover up his predudice persona in order to win black votes. But the truth is, it just makes us angry and we are not fooled by his feeble attemps and lies. Throughout the years, we have heard all of the lies, tricks, and simple minded attemps to fool simple minded people in order for a presidentual contender to become president. We are watching and we are no longer simple minded. We will never vote for a McCain.

Posted by: Press Release | August 3, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama was responding -- maybe if the question was preceded with Facts - the Rasmussen poll would be valid --

McCain put out an ad with Barack's face on the $100 bill BEFORE Barack said anything in response -- he is not injecting race into this -

The only thing Sen Obama is guilty of is injecting CLASS into a despicable political process - he need sone attack dogs -
Why doesn't the media do their job?

Here's the link to the ad- right there on John McCain's You Tube site (and the embed - not sure which works on this site)

Ran June 27th for the first time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDTJDv4hevU
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ALLISON

Posted by: alison | August 3, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

MainStreamMedia needs to dig down and examine the Corrupt Chicago ties; The Lies; The Socialist agenda; The ramifications of 20 years steeped in James Cone Theology. The Friends and Associates of Obama's Chosen Inner Circle who will have his ear and therefore the influence to shape White House policy (just like GW Bush's buddies did). MSM needs to stop making excuses for Obama. Get out of the tank. Get in there and thoroughly vet him.

Posted by: 85Yota | August 3, 2008 5:10 AM | Report abuse

McCain has gone way negative, something he said he would not do. More gutter politics that I for one am sick of.

But the real problem with McCain is that he will not bring change to this country. If he became President, he'd just continue Bush's policies. It's like in Russia. Medvedev is just a continuation of Putin, except that Putin, unlike Bush, was and continues to be extremely popular.

Posted by: cincyr | August 2, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Nobody plays the race card better than Obama. He is a racist and gets away with it. He will set back race relations 20 years after his 20 year Wright relationship. Had he been white with these racist followings he would not be a nominee. And certainly not in the Democrat Party. He should not be the nominee now.

Posted by: DEM now IND | August 2, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer, it isn't an issue of what he says so much as that everyday in colleges and universities around the world people say exactly what Obama does. No one denies he gives a good speech.

The problem is the lack of weighty things he's done. In the absence of accomplishment, how are we supposed to evaluate his ability to get done the things he claims he'll do?

You're willing to accept that he will not only do what he says he'll do (which is suspect given his changes on FISA, offshore drilling, and the strict Iraq timetable) but that he CAN do it. People aren't convinced. Democrats aren't convinced. Look at the polls.

Posted by: seen that | August 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't have to play the race card. His surrogates have already taken care of that. But the more desperate McCain gets, the more likely he is to go the way of Hillary, and that includes playing the race card.

Posted by: PeteH | August 2, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe Obama made the "face doesn't look like those on the dollar bill" comment b/c that's exactly the charge the McCain campaign made:"

You're right, he never tried to focus this on his race.

I mean, consider Obama's statement from this morning...

"I don't think it's accurate to say that my comments have nothing to do with race," Obama said.

Oh, it isn't accurate to say it had nothing to do with race? Damn.

Well, let me know what the view is like under the bus.

Posted by: Gekkobear | August 2, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

"No one expects the level of discord to stay at the level of the past few days..."?

Huh? This is a political campaign.

And it's about time someone called Obama and his campaign for the race-baiters they have been and are.

Through the wrongly named MSM, media darling has had free pass on his racism since he played the card on the Clintons.

He's like the smarta** on the playground, the one who's always taunting or daring, or lying about someone. When the aggrieved or fed-up challenge him, he cries bloody murder with his who-me? face.

Obama is a racial arsonist, a dangerous man. And if he's not careful, he'll start a fire he can't stop. In fact, he may already have.

But his sophomoric, I'm-the-perpetual-victim-focused, you-can't-criticize-me-or-you're-a-racist whine is spent. Though he will say and do anything, apparently, until someone with adult sensibilities has the testicularity to call his hand.

The man is a fraud. Arrogant, too. And, no, that is not, as someone recently suggested, the new racial code for "uppity n****r." It would not matter if he were pink, green, yellow or red, or if his name were Roy G. Biv, he's arrogant.

And every ounce a race-baiter.


Posted by: CKA in Red State USA | August 2, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it the law that you can only call republican white men presumptuous and arrogant? Isn't is the law that no one of any color, male or female, can appear in a commercial about a black candidate? (Black guy -Jeremiah Wright was considered racist and white woman -Paris and Britney - considered racist).
I guess the next law will be that only cute puppies can appear in commercial with black presidential candidate.

Oh, yeah. Harold Ford denied attending a PlayBoy Bunny party during SuperBowl weekend. When reporters found a picture of him AT THE PARTY, it became a campaign issue. The Ford Family has had lots of problems in Tennessee and Harold Ford getting caught in a lie was not about racism. White woman are allowed to appear in commercials, at least under the constitution that exists today.

Posted by: Karen | August 2, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The reason for such hateful stuff being spewed out here has nothing to do with whether Obama does or doesn't look like the presidents on our currency. It's because of what the polls suggest after Obama's "triumphal" campaign in Europe. Today, in the only two daily tracking polls, GallupTracking has the race a tie (44% to 44% ) and Rasmussen Tracking shows Obama ahead by only one percentage point (47%-46%). Anyone sophisticated about polling history would likely think McCain is in the lead given the Bradley Effect. (Do a Google Search.)

When you have been assuming for such a long time that you have an election in the bag, it becomes extremely painful to face facts such as these. I understand the whining but it sure isn't very attractive. Life is full of disappointments--get used to it.

Posted by: Ajay | August 2, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

'ol scumbag mcsame, screwing his country at every opportunity if it makes him a political point.

Posted by: onetruepatriot | August 2, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Race is obviously a factor in the presidential race, but Dr. Tantillo ('the marketing doctor') just did a recent post on his branding blog (blog.marketingdoctor.tv) suggesting a very different reason that Obama may not win: over-confidence/the inevitability factor.

"The American voter likes the underdog and my guess is that McCain is scoring branding points simply by not appearing inevitable and fighting on no matter what the odds."

Link to full post: http://blog.marketingdoctor.tv/2008/07/30/brand-advisory.aspx

Posted by: elo | August 2, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a personal affront to America, and to Christians and Jews the world over; he has stooped to utilizing the prophet Moses to further his campaign for power, this is absolutely unconscionable! Of course, if Senator Obama hits back, the media will decry Senator Obama as not living up to his message of change; otherwise, it is just John being John.

Senator Obama, you should treat McCain"s petulant, overt and totally shameless campaign with some real facts (remember John McCain and the Keating Five scandal). That fact aside, I would advise Obama to continue to run a classy and intelligent campaign, and let McCain spew his poison to the public; it"s extremely difficult to combat such, when the lap-dog media helps McCain spread this garbage instead of calling it trash and refusing it as total nonsense. I implore all Americans, Christians and Jews to rise up and vote against John McCain"s obtuse and vile use of Moses; this can only be seen as McCain trying to secure political power, self interests, and votes at all cost. Does McCain have no shame? All things of God are to be respected!

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-politics/20080801/McCain.Web.Ad/

Posted by: gmillner | August 2, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Cheney's Covert Energy Policies resulting in $4 a gallon for gas, The endless Presidential Vacation, Refusing an independent 9-11 investigation, Inability to get Osama Bin Laden, Taking a record breaking economic boom and making a record breaking Economic Bust, Firing Attorney's for Political Reasons, Torture, Weapons of Mass Destruction Fabrications, Katrina, Refusing to acknowledge Global Warming, China becomes America's largest Lender, Thousands of American Soldier's dead because of Lies, Al Qaeda still at large, Taliban still at large, Outing a CIA Operative for Political Reasons, Gas $4 a gallon, Veteran's Denied Benefits, Inflation, Market Manipulations, Recession, Record profits for Oil Companies, Job losses, Cronyism, Misinformation, Deceptions, Secrecy, Incompetence, Criminal Behavior, Greed, Avarice, Self-Righteousness, Hatred, Fear-mongering.

That's the legacy of George W Bush and his America of Thugs. McCain was supposed to be different. The Straight Talk Express, The Straight Shooter, The Campaign on Issues. Now we have commercials on Britney Spears and Moses. His sole energy proposal is to make the Oil Companies richer and fuel America's Oil Addiction. No new ideas...just the same old ones. Do we really need more of this? Is this really what we need, Old Ideas, Old Tactics, Old Lies?

The Choice is Clear
Obama 08

Posted by: SWMissouri | August 2, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

So, from skimming the comments, it seems the consensus of the anti-Obama contingent is that Obama is a lightweight who has no idea of what to do. Leaving aside the fact that he has in fact spelled out in some detail what his plans are, which any person who wishes to be informed could see for themselves by visiting his website...leaving that aside, the presumption of the anti-Obama contingent seems to be that in this regard McCain would be the superior choice.

So let's look at what McCain says he will do. You don't even need to go to a website to look that up, because he's on record hundreds of times stating that he's going to continue to do the same things Bush has been doing for the past 8 years. Things that, according the vast majority of people in the country, have put the country going in the "wrong direction".

I suspect this is why McCain has nothing good to say about himself and his "ideas" and instead chooses to spend his time and campaign funds exclusively focused on saying bad things about his opponent. Because unlike the fools that support him, McCain is well aware that the majority of the country doesn't agree with the disastrous policies of the past 8 years. McCain can't afford to focus on his own recycled "ideas" because if he does, those of us who recognize that the functional definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome will rule him out.

So, into the GOP bag of tricks they go rooting, because there's no way they can sell their ideas honestly. Instead we'll hear all about how "Obama's gonna raise your taxes!!" - never mind that it's not a concern for you unless you're in the top 5% of income...and no one on this board is. You patsies are probably still crowing about that glorious Bush "tax cut" you got, which you then turned around and handed off to Bush's cronies in the oil industry, many times over, over the past 8 years. Meanwhile, vapid celebrities like Paris and Britney realized a windfall of many thousands of dollars from those tax cuts...which McCain promises to continue. It allowed each of them to buy several more $40,000 designer handbags while your house is being foreclosed and your car remains parked in the driveway because you can't afford to drive it. It's important to have your priorities straight, I guess.

And don't kid yourselves about this "race card" stuff. It's been the primary trump card in the GOP deck for over 40 years, McCain has brought on board those responsible for the Ford "call me" ad and the Harvey Gantt "black hands" ad. I suppose he did it so he could counter the rabid anti-white bigotry that has for so long been a blight on this country. Anyone who doesn't already see that by the time the GOP convention rolls around they'll be shouting "don't vote for the N****R!!!" from the main stage is a pitiable naif. What else do they have? They've had a three-pronged campaign strategy for over 40 years now: fear of dusky types, we woulda won Vietnam if not for the pesky hippies, and government is bad. While they've largely succeeded in making the third one true through their own mismanagement, the first and second aren't working so well this time around...perhaps because it never occured to the morons that those of us under age 50 had nothing to do with Vietnam and are sick and tired of fighting every election over something that happened 40 years ago, and those of us under 50 have no memory of segregation and Jim Crow. You'd think it would have occured to them that some day, this would happen, but they don't seem to have quite woken up to the reality just yet. They're going to try to squeak through with the same old crap just one last time...and clearly, some of you are lapping it up.

Most of the country, though, has made it clear that they don't like having smoke blown up their a**es. You don't woo those folks by trying to convince them of what a pretty shade of purple the smoke is, so it's all just great; you win them by stopping with the smoke-blowing.

So keep it up, guys. Maybe you'll be able to convince the guy who just lost his house, the single mom with 2 kids who's lost her job, the guy who spends an hour on the bus getting to his job 15 minutes away because he can't afford to drive, all the people who can't see a doctor when they're sick because they can't get health insurance...maybe you'll pull a PT Barnum and convince all those people, this one last time, that none of that stuff is important, that their real problem is that some guy with darker skin may end up higher up the ladder than they are, that heroism in a wrong war of 40 years ago trumps youth and new ideas, and that more of the same is what they really want from government. Maybe...maybe it will be just enough to squeak through if you couple it with voter suppression and vote tampering. But with the economy circling the toilet as we speak, it seems a risky bet to me. Then again, I understand: it's all you've got. For some of the tragically foolish it will be enough. But I don't think that you are in the majority.

Posted by: Jennifer | August 2, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The question is this, why did mccain attacked the obama camp with negative ads? Because their camp have nothing positive worthy to show or to banner as headline! McCain is just a mold of the old cast that brought USA to a downward spiral. They portrayed Obama as a philandering spouse when they compared him to britney and company but look whose f_____g somebody else when he was still married? Haha! Better be carefull my dear, cause bad things you want to portray might backfire to you! Now if Obama is in the limelight of the media and became a celebrity himself, why blame him? Blame your white haired grumpy old man whose geographical and demographical (un)knowledge might caused him to bomb the white house itself if ever elected as president. How can you trust a person to lead you when he himself does not know where he is going.

Posted by: zandro | August 2, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"the sense of grievance over this issue within McCain's high command is deep and palpable."

Mr Balz, you are either a paid shill for the McCain campaign or a sucker who should not be covering class president election for the local high school. The McCain "high command," composed mostly of veterans of the Karl Rove school of campaigns, wringing their hands about being charged with racism? Please. This makes me vomit. I have seen 5 US presidential campaigns up close so far, and not once have the Republicans avoided to play on racial fears. That's what they do; hell, that's what they are: the modern Republican party has solidified white support, in rural, Southern and suburban environment, by making it pretty darn clear who, in their world view, were the "undesirables." And you write this with a straight face?

Posted by: Fonzie | August 2, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain went in front of the Urban League; what hostile forum has Obama spoken to?

Posted by: Dan | August 2, 2008 10:09 AM

Using your reasoning, every time Obama speaks in front of a predominately white business community, according to the way you think.

Your question was so stupid that you must have needed help from the McCain campaign to ask it?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

per usual, Dan Balz take comes straight out his ass.

Maybe Obama made the "face doesn't look like those on the dollar bill" comment b/c that's exactly the charge the McCain campaign made:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDTJDv4hevU&feature=related#

but I can't expect Balz to do his own research when it's so easy to just believe whatever crap Davis wants to spew in his ear.


You could round up 50 high school students and they would do a better job reporting on the election FOR PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES than the losers we are stuck with in our dead tree corpse.


I fully believe that Spuds McKenzie would be within 10 points of Obama b/c the WaPo and other clowns "reporting" on the campaign would make it so.


I have no idea if anyone is "playing the race card", all I know is the mere mention of it gets clowns like Balz's panties in such a bunch that you're bound to hear about it for the next week regardless of whether it's important to the American public or not.

Why do you hate America Mr. Balz?

Posted by: Mr. Blond | August 2, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Anon. 2:41 AM, I'd add -- why is it that McCain posters such as yourself run away from discussing policy?

LOL. So you mean Obama addresses policy?

Obama has given us nothing but vague speechs.

Change = what? A black guy in the White House?

Well, that seems to be all Obama is offering because until McCain's clearly stated wish to open the coasts of the US to offshore drilling and expandng nuclear power, Obama hasn't said much of anything about energy policy.

McCain went in front of the Urban League; what hostile forum has Obama spoken to?

Posted by: Dan | August 2, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: stewart | August 2, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Of course there was race involved. Is it that far of a stretch to see this? Why was Obama called "presumptuous" and "arrogant"? Why is McCain not viewed as arrogant? He gave speeches abroad (Canada, Mexico, and Columbia). He gives a Saturday radio address (ala Roosevelt).
Is Obama arrogant because he is black?

When you call a person of color arrogant, that comes dangerously close to calling him "uppity." As if this man does not know his place. There are certain elements of the population that think this. If you don't believe this, then you are naive beyond belief.

The McCain campaign is counting on the American people being stupid. But there is too much at stake this time. After eight years, the American people are a lot more informed than ever.

Posted by: joey | August 2, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

"Even the posts here make conservative mentality clear - we get name-calling rather than discussion of the issues. So let me explain to those of feeble mind."

Way to stay above it scott.

Posted by: oh | August 2, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, Obama was reeling from his loss to Hillary in New Hampshire and South Carolina was looming. Polls showed black voters almost evenly split between Obama and Hillary. Obama played the race card and got 85% of the black vote in SC and won the state. Ask yourself, why would those smart Clintons play the race card and go from a split to 15% of the black voters? Why would the Clintons play the race card and lose every black election district from there on out? Obama went on to get 85% or more of the black vote in the remaining primaries. He got very large proportions of the black vote in gerrymandered election districts hence getting a disportortionate number of delegates because of rules that favored majoritarianism.

Why would he play the race card again now?
Well:
1) He would solidify his black voter base and increase turnout.
2) He would dampen the growing black skepticism as seen by the demonstration of black men at the Obama rally yesterday.
3) He would make McCain look bad.
4) He would look the victim and gain sympathy
5) He would be applying political jujitsu
6) He would solidify the white liberal base.

Posted by: James | August 2, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Hillary probably looks pretty good to the Democrats now, doesn't she? Well we tried, but everyone got swept up in a weird rush to nominate style over substance. Do you think McCain would be able to bat Hillary around like a Kewpie doll? This is only the beginning. Americans hate arrogant politicians. That's why Hillary was respected, even if she wasn't adored. People would vote for her, even if they didn't like her, because they knew she was a hard worker, and that she would be able to fight the Republican attack machine.

To quote e.e.cummings, "How do like your bright-eyed boy now?"

Posted by: who's sorry now | August 2, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I think John McCain's "respectful, dignified campaign" is going quite well so far, don't you?

Just one thing: is John McCain aware that he's running for the office of President of the United States of America, and not president of some college fraternity?

Posted by: Mark F | August 2, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Even the posts here make conservative mentality clear - we get name-calling rather than discussion of the issues. So let me explain to those of feeble mind.

Making commercials about a black man coming after the white women is racist. Making commercials about a presumptuous uppity black man who doesn't know his place is racist.

If you folks don't like those fleas, don't lie down with those dogs.

Posted by: scott | August 2, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

There is something not quiet balanced about this column. You make it appear that this so called explosion between McCain and Obama was brought on by both sides trading charges and counter charges. You also imply that the infusion of race and discord between the two candidates was brought on by Obama's statement. You know that is patently not true. As you yourself admitted in this column, the discussion on race issues will hurt Obama more than McCain. So, why would Obama stoke this? This so called 'race card' is a code phrase hurled at non-whites. But the explicit and implicit 'white card' is never an issue. So, I suspect Mr. Bolz you don't even question your assumptions when you write about this. My question is that while you bend backwards to claim that others and not McCain were involved in some of the racial innuendos that were hurled at Obama, don't you think that the beneficiary of all this is McCain himself? And if so, couldn't you have examined at other possibilities why this issue had being stirred up this time? McCain has been showing disdain to Obama for a while. In addition, since he cannot get any traction with his confused campaign, he is reverting back to low balling it and hurling questionable accusations. Some media people, like you, are not taking him to task on any of this. As for the 'other' campaign (Clinton's), it was the electorate itself, like me, that passed judgment on Hillary and Bill's 'race' tinged campaign. And it was the raving and ranting of Bill Clinton himself that enabled others to call his statements racist--and it was. Now, McCain is referring to that episode and none of you media people wonder why the democratic campaign is being referred to. It's obvious this seeming camaraderie between a Republican challenger and fellow democrat challenger is based on the same element-- RACE, what else. Yeah! This is not to play a race card. It is evident for some of us (nonwhites) who live these experiences how it works.
So, this column has declared that there is an irroconcilable war that was begot by both candidates. And I disagree, this is McCain calculated tactic to make Obama the issue and he says 'he's having fun' while some of the press gleefully talks about this. Of course, he knows this is easy to do, instead of engaging the electorate with real and substantive issues and concerning that is facing our country.

Posted by: Tedegsa1 | August 2, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

There is something not quiet balanced about this column. You make it appear that this so called explosion between McCain and Obama is brought on by both sides trading charges and counter charges. You also imply that the infusion of race and discord was brought on by Obama's statement. You know that this is patently not true. As you yourself admit, the discussion of race issues will hurt Obama more than McCain. So, why would Obama stoke this? This so call 'race card' is a code hurled at non-whites. But the explicit and implicit 'white card' is never an issue. So,I suspect Mr. Bolz you don't even quesion your assumptions. My question is that while you bend backwards to claim that others and not McCain was is not involved in some of racial innuendo's that has hurled at Obama, don't you think that the benificiary of all this is McCain himself? And if so,could you exasmine at other possibilities why this is being stirred up? McCain has been showing disdain to Obama for a while. In addition, since he can not get any traction for his confused campaign, he is reverting back to low balling it and hurling questionnable accusations. Some media people like you are not taking him to task on any of this. As for the 'other' campaign (Clinton's), it was the electorate itself, like me, that passed judgment on Hillary and Bill's 'race' tinged campaign. Abd it was the raving and ranting of Bill Clinton that enable others to call his statements racist--and it was. Now, McCain is refering to that episode and none of you media people wonder why they are even refering to what happened to Clinton in this regard. It's obvious this seeming comraderie between a Republican challenger and fellow democrat challenger is based on 'RACE'--what else. Yeah! this is not to play a race card. It is evident for some of us (nonwhites) who live these experiences how it work.

So, this column has declared their is a war that was begot by both and I disagree. McCain wanted to make Obama the issue instead of discussing the country's concerns, and some media gleefully is talking about it. Let's return to the issues.

Finaly McCain is as bankrupt as George Bush has been, and he thinks he can get to the white through this tactic. If he does, it is the American people, once again, who will be the loosers. We need someone who can address the many problems we face in this nation, instead of talking about our differences--skin color, religion, etc. Nobody is owed the presidency both have to earn it. McCain's tenure in the Senate does give him any right to so disrespectful of Obama. Obama perhaps is an equally achieved person in his own right and he deserves the respect.

You Mr. Bolz, if you're talking about this issue, it would behoove you to be balanced and thoughtful about this.

Posted by: Tedegsa1 | August 2, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Anon. 2:41 AM, I'd add -- why is it that McCain posters such as yourself run away from discussing policy?

Is it because you don't know the policies, or because you are simply embarrassed by the policies and their likely impact on ordinary working Americans?

Posted by: JP2 | August 2, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Anon. 2:41 AM -- aside from repeating lies about his opponent, please refresh my memory --

What exactly is McCain's track record on economic and foreign policy?

Did McCain ever pay back the billions of dollars in taxpayer money that need to be handed out when he cut deals for his wife's business associate Charles Keating?

Why did he select one of the architects of the subprime crisis -- Phil Gramm to be his key economic adviser?

Why did McCain give Bush a blank check in 2002 to wage a war which has tied down the U.S. military -- which will add $2 trillion in debt -- and which has done nothing to increase our security?

The middle class is hurting after 8 years of Bush -- and McCain has been an active participant in many of those policies since making his peace with Bush in 2004.

McCain is running on Bush's economic platform, he's got some of Bush's financial backers, he was running on Bush's foreign policy platform -- until he started co-opting parts of Obama's vision -- and he has brought a Rove acolyte on board.

The past few weeks McCain has run a campaign of sleaze, smear, and self-degradation.

The man has no positive vision for this country and it shows.

He's even lying about his opponents tax-cuts (Obama's tax plan provides a greater benefit to 85-90 percent of Americans than McCain's does; McCain's provides a huge benefit for the top 5 percent. Plus McCain's plan adds bigger deficits).

So why should I vote for the guy?

Posted by: JP2 | August 2, 2008 3:31 AM | Report abuse

Joe - is that your best shot? Too bad.

your candidate is a shallow, lying, inexperienced race hustler.

Just how stupid do you feel to support him?

What a sad day it is when we have a small time, race hustling, terrorist connected, lying, snake oil salesman telling us the world has been waiting for HIM.

What a sad day it is when this chump would rather vist a gym and play basketball instead of visiting wounded vets. I guess that was to be expected - but it is still sad.

America did not miss that - and you America and military haters are in the minority (no pun intended) big time.

See you at the polls, losers.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

What a sad day it is to see John McCain's campaign being driven by the same mob that brought the criminals Bush, Cheney, Delay, Abramoff into our Whitehouse.

We are raised to the strains of "in America anyone can grow up to be president," and yet when a "someone" like Obama does vault to the top of the meritocracy and then into the sewer of American politics, the guy is astonishingly and variously tagged as an elitist, a light weight, a fairy tail, an unpatriotic self promoter.

Fact is, Obama is every bit as much an American hero as John McCain.

"Arrogant"?? "Presumptuous" ???
Sounds like "Uppity NIGGAH!" to me ....

Speaking of symbols, sometimes symbols are enough to transmute reality. Hence it is not arrogance or presumption for the democrat to observe that he has become such a symbol. It is, rather, a matter of cold political fact. But of course the American right wing has shown generation upon generation now, it's pathological indifference to facts. Take your pick of issues - the off shore oil panacea; the tax fear mongering; global warming; the corruption and exploitive cynicism of people like Abramoff, Grover Norquist, and Ralph Reed; the contempt for the constitution that these leaders repeatedly trumpet as true patriotism.

Let's face it the Republicans have so much criminality and hypocrisy to answer for. You chest thumping right wingers think Obama is avoiding the fight by not engaging in town halls? The fact is he's being kind.

When they get on the stage together in the fall, Obama is going to wipe the floor with John McCain's poor befuddled ass.

Posted by: todd | August 2, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Oprah and Bill Cosby are entertainment celebrities; why not use pictures of them?

Because they do not represent the shallow and vacuous mentality of the average Obama supporter.

The two stupid, vapid, spoiled little white girls do.

It was a brilliant campaign ad. Maybe a little subtle and nuanced for the average lefty to get - but then, isn't life?

Posted by: | August 2, 2008 1:22 AM
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This post was turned in as stupid and utterly offensive. You obviously need therapy to get over your sickness. Seek it elsewhere.

Posted by: Joe Thompson | August 2, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz - you wrote:

"Obama campaign officials, lacking any example of McCain ever pointing directly or indirectly at Obama's race as an issue in the campaign, have backpedaled rapidly away from any suggestion that their Republican opponent is using the very tactics Obama suggested..."

But Obama never mentioned race --not once, not ever.

He specifically DID reference McCain's recent ad superimposing his photo onto a $100 dollar bill:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDTJDv4hevU&feature=related#

Surely as an unbiased, serious journo. you know that... right...?

Posted by: FrankCam | August 2, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Oprah and Bill Cosby are entertainment celebrities; why not use pictures of them?

Because they do not represent the shallow and vacuous mentality of the average Obama supporter.

The two stupid, vapid, spoiled little white girls do.

It was a brilliant campaign ad. Maybe a little subtle and nuanced for the average lefty to get - but then, isn't life?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

First of all, Obama has one white parent, and one black parent, so how it is he's the "black" candidate eludes me. But...

The Republicans are geniuses at coming up with catch phrases that put Democrats on the defensive. "Big government" is the hands-down leader, an utterly meaningless phrase I've never heard anybody define even remotely adequately. I only know that most people who complain about this mysterious boogeyman "big government" are living like kings compared to most of the world and probably haven't had their lifestyle compromised two per cent by anything the government does.

But "race card"? Just once I wish a Democrat would say "Hell yes we're bringing race into it!" It might be THE longest-lived, most defining issue in American society. I say put it front and center, loud and proud.

Posted by: Mike D. | August 2, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama has been making one questionable move after another since he won the nomination - saying he was for the DC gun ban, then supporting the Supreme Court decision against it; espousing "a politics of conviction, not calculation and triangulation", then calculating and triangulating like no one's business in the general; the rock star European tour, taking a victory lap (just like in Eugene) before the victory's won; FISA (voted for it with no political pressure, so how can we be sure he would have voted against the Iraq war in the Senate?); and now this race BS. If he's making me, a one-time and maybe future active supporter, write against him like this, what's this doing to people who are undecided? I'm sorry, Barack - this is cocky and presumptuous, even beyond what would be expected from someone running to be president.

I really do get the feeling from the Obama campaign sometimes that if you donate or volunteer once they think you're theirs for life. At least half a dozen emails from them go into my junk folder every day, asking for money or other support. What they don't get is that Obama's the job applicant. It is not my job, as one of the 200,000,000 member board of directors known as the US electorate, to show him loyalty, unconditional or otherwise. It's my job to evaluate him and decide whether he's right for the job or not. He's not entitled to my unconditional support, my unconditional anything - it is VERY conditional. To me he's still the top of the short list, but every day he keeps trying to knock himself down off of it then turn to me and say, "Still love me!" Uh-uh.

I will vote for you, Barack. Whether I campaign for you depends on your future conduct - whether you win even more so. Don't blow this for the sake of your ego (to quote Dave Barry) "suit-wearing weasel".

Posted by: treetopflyer | August 2, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Bottom line from my perspective: McCain's campaign decided to go negative this week.

When Obama's campaign finally reacted to the ads, McCain himself showed that he was involved in this advertising scheme during the John King (CNN) interview.

When asked why they picked Spears and Hilton ( two vulgar and promiscuous blondes), McCain surrogates said it was humorous, a joke, not meant to be serious. BS.

Oprah and Bill Cosby are entertainment celebrities; why not use pictures of them?

McCain deserves whatever comes his way now, especially since their LIE that Obama played race from the bottom of the deck;.

After all, it was McCain's campaign who picked the pictures from the deck of all possible images in the "deck".


Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

The truth hurts sometimes. Senator Obama is exposing the reality of American dirty politics. McCain is using everything in his arsenal. You might not even realize some of the more subtle techniques. As the Fulani of Guinee say, " A drunken man never admits that he is drunk."
Guy Blaise

Posted by: Guy Blaise | August 2, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

People, get a grip. Lets see, gas is $4 a gallon, 59,000 people lost their jobs this month, We have a housing crisis, a financial crisis, and two wars going on and you all are wasting time on a he said/he said petty name calling? Lets hear how the candiates are going to solve these issues!

Posted by: Repub | August 2, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Oil and gas industry executives and employees donated $1.1 million to McCain last month--three-quarters of which came after his June 16 speech calling for an end to the ban--compared with $116,000 in March, $283,000 in April and $208,000 in May.

McCain's gambit to stock up his faltering fundraising struck a rich vein. As the Post continues:

"The timing was significant," said David Donnelly, the national campaigns director of the Public Campaign Action Fund, a nonpartisan campaign finance reform group that conducted the analysis of McCain's oil industry contributions. "This is a case study of how a candidate can change a policy position in the interest of raising money."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Oil and gas industry executives and employees donated $1.1 million to McCain last month--three-quarters of which came after his June 16 speech calling for an end to the ban--compared with $116,000 in March, $283,000 in April and $208,000 in May.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Oil and gas industry executives and employees donated $1.1 million to McCain last month--three-quarters of which came after his June 16 speech calling for an end to the ban--compared with $116,000 in March, $283,000 in April and $208,000 in May.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Dohbama is toastitos this Nov. American's are finally coming around. The onion skin is thin and transparent to those who look close enough. Soon the dohbamanauts will be the "27 percenters".

Posted by: Nobama 08 | August 2, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

The sad part about this campaign is that there would be no race issue in this campaign had Obama not affiliated himself and his family with an overtly racist church. After all, even his terrorist friend is white.

He could never bring race up preemptively if he had a resume to fall back upon.

Unfortunately, the only reason he is in the race is because of race and he is going to ride that horse until it is stone cold dead.

Other than playing the race based pity card, he is too weak to stand on his own.

Pretty pathetic.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

One of the best parts about ObamaWatch 2008 is betting on which committee he claims his is on. Or which legislation he lies about crafting.

Actually, since has has done little or nothing, the most amusing part is guessing what he will claim to do next.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Fredrick - GASP! Obama is HALF WHITE!!!!!

Now what?

Yes, he is already different. We have never had such an inexperienced street hustler make it this far. Jackson tried - but according to the GOP race monger Joe Biden (wait - I think he is a DEM!) Obama is "clean," Maybe Jesse should have showered more often.

Anyway....

We have yet to have a candidate with clear terrorist ties, either!

What a day for the leftist socialists. For once, maybe they can have a fellow traveler, a fellow hater in a position of power.

What great news.

I am confused, though - "by the color of your skin?" What about all the efforts from all the leftists and the media and the wet pantied little stupid white girls who are all breathlessly telling us this is not about race???????

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Barack: Don't Join McCain and Rove in the Pigpen

"When you hate your enemies as much as they hate you, in the end, you wind up destroying yourself." --excerpt from Richard Nixon's farewell speech on his last day as President of the United States.

I've read today that the Obama campaign has set up some sort of "site" to respond to the ad hominem attacks that the McCain campaign has been reduced to. Those attacks include but are not limited to the Britney/Paris and "Moses" advertisements.

Obama resisted engaging in a mud wrestling bout with the Clintons during the primary season. He triumphed over them.

Barack Obama is not a pig. Hillary demonstrated that she is during the primaries.

John McCain's campaign organization has accepted the reality that if the campaign were to be run as an issue-oriented one, their candidate had no ammunition, a logical conclusion.

So, for the first time in the Nation's history, a candidate for its highest office has been forced (by the objective foreign and domestic policy failures of his party) to embrace a political strategy that (1) humiliates two apolitical figures of pop culture--Britney and Paris and (2) attempts to equate a man with a Harvard Law School education, a seat as a Senator from Illinois, a triumph in the Democratic Party primary process process against one of the most formidable opponents imaginable--Hillary Rodman Clinton--to two MTV-era celebrities.

It's a strategy that is simultaneously contemptuous of the American public's intelligence and the overall concept of democracy.

By setting up this "site" referred to above, Obama's campaign adds a certain legitimacy to the McRove approach to politics, it valorizes vomit as an acceptable form of political discourse. Is there a way to refute the charges implicit in the Britney/Paris ad? Should that ad require refutation at all? Does refuting it have the paradoxical effect of adding credibility to it? I think it does.

If anything, I think the campaign, and perhaps the Candidate himself, should respond with humor:

"I really don't know what to say about it (the ad;) other than it demeans the electoral process, it demeans two people who have no political allegiances either way that I am aware of, and it demonstrates that John McCain and his organization are running on empty regarding the real issues affecting the American public. As a [politician/public figure], I apologize to these two innocent American citizens who have been callously subjected to mockery by my opponent. But, in the end, he mocks not Brittney Spears nor Paris Hilton with his vile advertisement..he mocks himself. And, quite frankly, I pity him for that"

Senator Obama: Please don't roll in the mud with Rove. Please don't give their garbage wider circulation by responding in a serious manner to it. Resist the (lunatic and dumb) partisans on your side who urge you to hate your opponent as much as he hates you. BE DIFFERENT---YOU ALREADY ARE, JUST BY THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN...AND HEED NIXON'S WORDS AS HE DELIVERED HIS OWN EULOGY.

Good luck, and don't let your advisers and supporters transform you into one of "them."

Posted by: FredrickBernanke | August 2, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

MCGoo - Remember Hillary? While her husband's goo was all over Monica's dress - she was blaming over half of America for indulging in a conspiracy. Remember the vast right wing conspiracy? Naturally, it is much less egregious to libel fellow country men than the inhabitants of a murderous, cave dwelling, female hating dictatorship - but I digress,,,,

But, of course, when a socialist indulges - the MSM looks the other way.

It could be that there where others in our government who were advising McCain of what they considered to be facts.

But that is a different story than the happy ending on the blue dress......

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

In 2001 following the Sept. 11 attacks, McCain appeared on David Letterman to comment on that as well as the anthrax attacks that he blamed on Iraq. "There is evidence to suggest that Iraq is behind the anthrax attacks" McCain told Letterman.

So, without any evidence whatsoever, and now today's news points to a government employee of the US, McCain was sabre rattling against a country that was completely innocent of it and subsequently supported a war against it.

Judgement to lead alright. The judgement to lead us into oblivion

Posted by: McGoo | August 2, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

My fellow Americans:
As your future President I want to thank my supporters, for your mindless support of me, despite my complete lack of any legislative achievement, my pastor's relations with Louis Farrakhan and Libyan dictator Muamar Quaddafi,my open and continuing friendship with an American terrorist, or my blatantly leftist voting record while I present myself as some sort of bi-partisan agent of change.
I also like how my supporters claim my youthful drug use and criminal behavior somehow qualifies me for the Presidency after 8 years of claiming Bush's youthful drinking disqualifies him. Your hypocrisy is a beacon of hope shining over a sea of political posing.
I would also like to thank the Kennedy's for coming out in support of me. There's a lot of glamour behind the Kennedy name, even though Joe Kennedy started the family fortune as a criminal bootlegger, JFK started the Vietnam War, his brother Robert illegally wiretapped Martin Luther King, Jr. And Teddy killed a female employee with whom he was having an extra marital affair and who was pregnant with his child. And I'm not going anywhere near the cousins, both literally and figuratively. And I'd like to thank Oprah Winfrey for her support. Her love of meaningless empty platitudes will be the force that propels me to the White House.
Americans should vote for me, not because of my lack of experience or achievement , but because I make people feel good. Voting for me causes some white folk to feel relieved of their imagined, racist guilt. I say things that sound meaningful, but don't really mean anything because Americans are tired of things having meaning. If things have meaning, then that means you have to think about them.
Americans are tired of thinking. It's time to shut down the brain, and open up the heart. So when you go to vote, remember don't think, just do. And do it for me.

Thank You.
Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

"For you Obama supporters who think that Obama is doing things differently, you really need to wake up and smell the coffee. You also need to look at his relative lack of experience compared to John McCain - it takes a lot more than speaking eloquently and looking good to be an effective leader - when the chips are down, I want someone in the office who is going to make a solid decision based on the information available, using their time and experience as a guide."

If Obama is elected, he'll be starting off with more experience than Abe Lincoln had when he became president. And most Americans would agree that Lincoln is on the list of "greats" when it comes to our country's presidents.

Posted by: silly | August 2, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

McCain is old, out-of-touch (he's never even surfed the Internet for godsakes), and the most over-emotional politician we've ever seen.

President? Puh-lease.

Do we really need another "play it from the gut" President? One with a nastier temper, who could easily get us into another needless war -- maybe Iran this time.

He should be put out to pasture. Somewhere nice where he can swing his cane and shout "get off my lawn!" and no one will say anything but they'll up his medication.

Posted by: Joe HUSSEIN Voter | August 2, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

"...lil hussein staying on message? what message is that? oh the one where he is the messiah."

I know it takes awhile for repubs to catch on, especially the deadenders, but uh, you're really doing the dems job for them. How do you think it plays when you say things like the "messiah, the annointed one", "celebrity", and then show him in front of a crowd of 200,000 waving american flags? Could give undecideds pause. But you go right ahead; I'm independent and you've made up my mind. There's no way in hades that I would vote for someone who hasn't had one ad where he talks about issues. By the way, your "li'l hussein" bull just turns people off, too. You can't make him foreign by clicking your heels together 3 times and repeating it. 4 times, maybe. I'm just sayin'.....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Anon 11:39 PM -- the "Messiah" ad campaign is being generated straight from the Liars Express.

It's paid for by contributions from big oil and various and sundry other GOP sugar-daddies.

The underwriters are banking on the votes of useful idiots so that Bush Republicans can continue to screw over the middle class and rob future generations blind.

That's the reality and those are facts.

Posted by: JP2 | August 1, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Here's a good summary of McCain's devolution:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2008/08/01/rove_mccain/

Posted by: barbara | August 1, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

its like the lil hussein people come on the board and pretend that reality does not exist.
lil hussein staying on message? what message is that? oh the one where he is the messiah.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

"Well,that didn't work" writes: "Guess what? [Obama]'s facing Republicans now." OOOH, watch it, Barack. You're not up against the spineless, stupid Clintons any more. Don't you know you've made it to the show? You're playing against - egad - Republicans! These guys are the real deal. They're the guys who know that we're up against 'cold blooded killers' (and decided to fight a trillion dollar war in the wrong place at the wrong time against the wrong enemy just to show how tough they were). The party of prosperity and free markets (and trade deficits, oil barons, nonexistent energy policy, mortgage crises, SUV's, bank meltdowns, unemployment, shrinking middle class, exploding underclass, sinking dollar, rising debt . . . need I say more?).
Oh yeah, Barack, be scared - be very scared. And if you think you're up against it now, just imagine what it'll be like once they've boned up on their third grade geography and figure out that CZECHOSLOVAKIA DOESN'T EXIST ANY MORE.

Posted by: Abbyjohn938 | August 1, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. Pawxatawnee. Sorry Phil. The groundhog, not the other guy.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

yep whined:
"Just what the country needs: a hyper sensitive president. I'll bet the dems are missing hillary now... ."

...yeah, 'bout like that ingrown toenail i had removed. No, we don't need a "hyper-sensitive" president; let's just stick with the overreactive, knee jerk, childish, temper-tantrum throwing jackazz we have. Uncle Fluffy would be 4 more years of just that. That's why he trash talks Obama; he's got nothin' else. Sorry bout the whole vietnam thing, but no, that don't make you presidential timber. And on a personal note, I would kinda like my president to be the smartest one in the room. Who do you want in the whitehouse, somebody who "don't know a lot about economics" (i heard his answer) and Pawatawnee Phil who called you a whiner? And, one last thing, why do you to presume to speak for "the dems"?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

mccain must be doing something right, the hollywierd crowd said they are losing respect for him.
like they ever respected him.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

The contrast is astounding...

Obama - consistently staying on message dealing with the issues. Keeping it positive.

McCain - his consistent message..."Obama bad". Little discussion of the issues. Taking it real negative. The same old Rove games that elected GW Bush.

No more of the same. I'll go with the riskier option and go with Obama. I see what I'd get with McCain, and I'm nnot interested. McCain is now just a grouch without a vision. He's lost his integrity and principles.

Posted by: JB | August 1, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz,

Please don't try to equate the two. Obama has not had a single negative, personal attack on John McSame. John McSame has not been able to refrain from any negative attacks. This stupidity of yours, trying to conflate the two, is outright moronic. If what Obama said had any racial connotations, it was not picked up by a SINGLE media group. The only people that wanted to inject race were the bigots in the McCain campaign who know that any discussion of race can't possibly help Obama. So next time, get your facts straight, and stop trying to cover for the dishonerable fraud known as John McSame.

Posted by: David | August 1, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

IMO Senator McCains past military service should be looked at..I have heard and read to many rumors thathe gave out more info than he admited to in his book.What he is a hero because he crashed a plane and was captured then gave out info to the NVA and made propaganda videos for them to runIs that what made him a hero.

Posted by: johnjohn | August 1, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but instead of basically endorsing McCain's crap - as these supposed Democratic journalists do - they must confront him on all his lies & smears. Daily, hourly, McCain lies & disztorts. Give him hell for this! What is wrong with these so-called journalists? They should not -ever- use that term to describe themselves. Try reality-TV writers; or truth-hiders; or "piss off honest people crappy writers". etc. I can't believe how abominable these writers are. No facts, no questioning, no truth. They simply repeat smearing Repub talking points. Sick. Sad people who deserve to be canned.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

"well that didn't work" -- you forgot about the Lugar-Obama nuclear non-proliferation initiative and the Coburn-Obama earmarks bill too.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

LOL!

McCain plays the race card now...to deflect the real issue: his upcoming 72 birthday!

It won't work.

McCain, you are toooooo old to be commander-in-chief.

It's our Time! Our generation!

Posted by: Clementine | August 1, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, John. That's right. Everything anyone says about Obama that isn't fawningly supportive is racism. He can't be criticized. He can't be questioned. He can't be mocked. Just what the country needs: a hyper sensitive president.

I'll bet the dems are missing hillary now.

Posted by: yep | August 1, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The nature of this country is such that you don't have to mention race to play the race card. Obama is black, and all you need to do is start shoveling out a bunch of negative attacks, no matter how ludicrous--he's arrogant, he's different, he's got a funny name, he's like Paris Hilton. He's bad. And when white people with a problem with black people hear that the black candidate is "bad" they'll accept it as true.

This is just what Obama said is happening--the Republicans are trying to scare the white electorate into voting for the "safe" (that is, white) candidate.

Posted by: John Yates | August 1, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain has "fought for equal rights for everyone"???? Reminds me of the rest of it: "some are more equal than others".

Let's keep in mind that the day after McCain reversed himself on offshore drilling, he received a sizeable donation from the oil industry.

Posted by: boomer babe for Obama | August 1, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain has proven he is the LOWEST FORM OF LIFE. The senile desperate FOOL, a PUPPET OF AIPAC, has resorted to the most DESPERATE moves to save his butt.

A "man of honor", right! The senile fool has proven he doesn't give a crap about this country. If he did, he would be discussing our real problems at this most crucial time in history when we are at the juncture of turning into a THIRLD WORLD COUNTRY, because the SCUMS who are pulling his strings have BANKRUPTED US.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous poster who has no name: For the record, McCain's adopted daughter is not black. She is Indian (from Bangladesh). Indian's are not black. Ask them they will tell you. India is in Asia not Africa.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | August 1, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

TimMidgett: That youtube video ad is about Obama's shallowness and Obama supporters are taking it out of context. But think what you like, Obama supporters are in denial anyway. Somebody earlier posted that Obama and McCain are tied in the polls today. Obama must be running scared and hurling everything at McCain including the kitchen sink. These desperate posts from Obama supporters are amusing and confirm my suspicion.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

The McCain camp has been playing the race card every time they use the words "arrogant" or "presumptuous" to describe Obama. Shame on that uppity black man for not knowing his place, is what they're really trying to plant in the minds of the voters.

McCain was running slanderous ads about Obama while Obama was still overseas, ads that have been shown to be outright lies.

McCain has hired the same neocon hitmen who were used by Bush to trash his opponents. These folks don't want anybody taking a good look at their true agenda.

Posted by: bam | August 1, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

This is a quote from a McCain interview when he was running against Bush in the primaries 8 years ago:

McCain: "Yeah. There were some pretty vile and hurtful things said during the South Carolina primary. It's a really nasty side of politics. We tried to ignore it and I think we shielded her from it. It's just unfortunate that that sort of thing still exists As you know she's Bengali, and very dark skinned. A lot of phone calls were made by people who said we should be very ashamed about her, about the color of her skin. Thousands and thousands of calls from people to voters saying "You know the McCains have a black baby" I believe that there is a special place in hell for people like those."

Read it again: "As you know she's Bengali, and very dark skinned."

Now read this again: Thousands and thousands of calls from people to voters saying "You know the McCains have a black baby" I believe that there is a special place in hell for people like those."

So here you have McCain saying there is a "special place in Hell" for people who call his daughter black.


Posted by: halcyon1 | August 1, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

When Obama brought up obliquely his race by referring to our currency, he had a point. Many have already voted against Obama in the primaries because of his race. The exit polls in PA, WV, and KY show that about 20 percent ruled out voting for Obama because of his race. We know that the Republican swift-boaters will do exactly what Obama warned about: paint him as different, not one of us, possibly a Muslim, and yes, a black racist. All one has to do is to look at some of the posts here. One barks, "Obama is a fake , a fraud , a racist Black Liberation street activist, a Marxist that hates America, that wants America weakened with an angry Marxist wife. Those are the facts" The Internet is full of this vile slander.

So Obama has a right to deflect this type of attack. He, however, was not accusing McCain himself of being a racist. He's just a regular old flip-floping, mudslinging politician, who promised not long ago to take the high road in this election.

Posted by: Dave | August 1, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign thought that they could get John McCain to step back and bow his head - just like what happened when they spanked Bill Clinton. They're used to environments where if PC is alleged everyone melts and cringes. Guess what? They're facing Republicans now. Look at all the whining about "OOOOOh, they was so MEAN"! This is what Democrats propose for the leader of a nation under attack by cold blooded killers who don't hesitate to kill women and children? A passive aggressive "suit" with no legislative record and an ego the size of the Grand Canyon.

Update: Sorry, I forgot about the commemorative stamp bill he championed.

Posted by: well, that didn't work | August 1, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama only made a comment about his own appearance. Simple as that. Obama is not a racist,and hasn't played the race card. This is a man with white and African blood coursing through his veins. Stop all of this madness.

McCain on the other hand is the only candidate that screamed out racist words as a senator of the United States of America:

Who can ever forget his anti-Asian rant:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/hongop.shtml

Posted by: clarity | August 1, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that Republicans aren't now playing the race card are living in lala land. But then again America voted for George Bush already making America the most mind numbing, silliest lala land of them all!

Posted by: Woody | August 1, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Change This:

"Obama is a fake , a fraud , a racist Black Liberation street activist, a Marxist that hates America, that wants America weakened with an angry Marxist wife.

Those are facts."

No those are all OPINIONS leveled without any supporting evidence.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Will JakeD, Change This, or TonyB - any, either, or all, please answer just one of the questions posed by my previous post? Inquiring minds would surely like to know.B

Posted by: bldlcc | August 1, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

It's not an accident that one day after McCain was caught lying about Obama's canceled visit to Landstuhl that his campaign pivots by throwing out a canard about "the race card".

The focus on the issue is -- for lack of a more generous term -- pretty stupid.

For a candidate in campaign which lobbed verbal grenades two weeks and has tried steering clear from substantive policy, I can't really fault the McCain Team. It's dirty and dishonest, but these are after all Bush Republicans.

One thing is for certain: The public interest is not served by this kind of petty "did he, or didn't he" discussion about an issue that has nothing to do with policy or substance. Maybe it's a good way to drive some traffic to the website. If that's the prerogative, more power to the reporter covering this manufactured controversy.

Posted by: JP2 | August 1, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama did not make a slip when he made, several times, comments that implied McCain had, or would, made racist comments. It was a sleazy underhand attempt to paint McCain as a racist. Nothing Obama says is off-the-cuff, this was deliberate dirty politics. Fortunately the McCain camp quickly called foul, and the ploy was exposed for all to see. No wonder McCain is gaining in the polls, the more we see of Obama the less we like.

Posted by: TonyB | August 1, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a fake , a fraud , a racist Black Liberation street activist, a Marxist that hates America, that wants America weakened with an angry Marxist wife.

Those are facts.

Posted by: Change This | August 1, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain campaign ad, 30 June 2008:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPARec32KMI

Sen. Obama, the other day:

"...he doesn't look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills...."

What he said would happen is something that, literally, has already happened. That's not playing the race card. That's telling the truth.

Posted by: Tim Midgett | August 1, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm delighted that McCain is challenging Obama's "bottom of the deck" race card. I'm offended by Obama's implication that I can be scared away from him because of his color. I would vote for a black man in an instant, if it were the right one. Emphatically, Obama is not. The more I observe this man's opportunistic politics of convenience, and his barely concealed snooty elitism, the more I dislike him and the less I think him worthy of high office. He's a liberal in centrist drag; an opportunist pretending to be a healer. He is about the last thing this nation needs.

Posted by: Paul B. | August 1, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The Rove approach of smear and attack have been successful in the past two elections so we can expect it to continue. It is sad that McCain would stoop to being a bully in a nation that has seen so many tragedies due to bullies in our schools. What kind of role model is this man? He should be running on his ideas and trying to convince us that he is different than Bush instead of mudslinging. And shame on the media for putting these mudslinging stories as the stories of the day from the campaign trail. Talk about rewarding bad behavior!!

Posted by: CDgainesville | August 1, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Plain and simple:

If that were the case, Obama would not have even half of the support that he has, including me. I find that it says enough of our character, to not support such behavior. What an insult to accuse otherwise.

Posted by: Obama2008 | August 1, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

To JakeD and like ilk, for what is it worth: Please tell me who created this 'Race Card' you so disingeniously use as a cloak of righteous justification for your myopic contretemps by attacking anyone daring to have the guts to point out the obvious? Who placed it in the deck to be played in the first place? Who dehumanized vast segments of the world's populations for pecuniary and political gain? Who takes for granted the benefits of skin-based priveledge, lapping up all of it's violently enforced perquisites without skipping a beat? (It's my right. I'm white. God told me to rule the world. I'm entitled. Blah, Blah, Blah, etc., etc, etc!) Affirmative Action? The Peter Principle? Rule by Confederacy of Dunces? You guys invented and perfected the concepts. Seems to me that since 1492 and before you all have diligently made your beds; and, sound like perennial losers and whiners to shed such 'Crocodile Tears' when the Frankenstein you created begins to take issue with you. Race card? Please. Some nerve! B

Posted by: bldlcc | August 1, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

come on VW CAT:

u r quick 2 tout ur genetics. But how can u ignore the slavery and bloodshed that ur folk CAPITALIZED ON while the AFRIKANS and NON-EUROPEANS SUFFERED 2 Advance UR ECONOMIC STABILITY? DUHHHHH!!!!!! I Guess U r as leacherian as the rest of the world complains!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Neither candidate is great. I can't believe that's the best the DNC and GOP can offer. The latest poll has them tied. Obama should be way ahead of McCain, but instead he's losing ground. I thought Obama had this great campaign staff. I think Obama's flip-flopping on FISA, gun control, the death penalty, NAFTA, going against his pledge to accept public campaign funding, and his timeline-no timeline-timeline on Iraq, are starting to catch up to Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Jacksonville June 20:

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid. 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?"

This is exactly what it means to "play the race card." Who this they? It is clear he means McCain. Obama is beneath contempt.

Posted by: alance | August 1, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

blackmanwakeup wrote:
Obama is a EUROPEAN MAN

what of it?
Well, I am a european woman. I am half french. My mom is from France.
So, am I any less an American then anyone else. Especially since the white population in this country comes from europe.
duh.

Posted by: vwcat | August 1, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with Blaz. For one, McCain used Obama's face on a 100 dollar bill in a little noticed video on youtube.
for another, Obama has used this riff in the primaries as well to warn people of the smears and emails that paint him as some exotic other.
And, everyone knows 'they' is the 527s, the republican state parties and whatever else may come.
Face it Balz, you are way off on this one and if he was playing a race card why didn't McCain's henchmen cry foul long before yesterday. It's not like it was the first time Obama said this.
It's a set up by Rove's henchmen working for grandpa McCain and they are twisting and like a good lapdog,you roll over.

Posted by: vwcat | August 1, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a EUROPEAN MAN with a BLACK FATHER. WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: BLACKMANWAKEUP | August 1, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Scheduler: Obama compared himself to Paris Hilton in 2004, shortly after he was elected to the US Senate. Obama also mentioned that comparison at a cookout in Iowa. This was reported on June 30,2008 by CNN. Since most on CNN favor Obama the story (which is true) didn't get much play. Obama said in Jacksonville in June that the Republican Party would say he was different and then Obama said they (GOP) will say I'm black. Obama was the first to use the race card. McCain was offended by Obama's warning people that McCain would say that Obama "was different." You can read between the lines. By the way, McCain has an adopted black daughter. So I doubt he would use the race card and he hasn't. Obama is playing the "victim" again, but this time it won't work. Most of the General Electorate just won't be as gullible as half the Democratic voters, the DNC and the Superdelegates.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz -- I really don't care about your "take" on the news. I just want you to report the news. You are not being published on the op-ed page, so I believe that you are being presumptious in giving your opinion. In short, what exactly did Senator Obama say? What exactly did Senator McCain or his campaign workers say? Where did they say it? When did they say it? I am intelligent enough to decide for myself what I believe based on the facts, so I really don't need your opinion. Has journalism changed that much since I studied it now about 50 years ago? If I had written this article for my journalism classes, I would have received a failing grade.

Posted by: a concerned citizen | August 1, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Who better than OBAMA to Bring about a NEW WORLD ORDER? CHANGE? Let's get it started!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm tired of the media asking their guest why where talking about race or Britney Spears when the voters care about economic issues like gas, and healthcare. The answer is because thats what they want to talk about. The story line and question are already set up before the show even begun. so stop making it seem as though your story line that lacks any substance to voters are mandatory. I think if you have to ask your guest why are you talking about anything other than what voters want to hear than they didn't do there homework or made a mistake going for the story instead of substance.

Posted by: Carol | August 1, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA JR is 20 Characters divided by the 3= 6.66. VOTE 4 HIME IF U CHOOSE. IT AIN'T NOTHING BUT A GANSTER PARTY.

Posted by: BLACKMAN | August 1, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have a president who's popular around the world than a president who can't use a computer.

Posted by: davestickler | August 1, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Nobody "won" the week. Don't you dummies get it? The United States is falling way behind other countries because of the idiotic media that is worse than in communist countries and the idiot "leaders" who are so individualistic that they can't reach any rational consensus. We as a people are feeding on the carcas of a dead culture with phony GOP politicians like McCain keeping people down from becoming conscious of the possibility of change. Every attack on Obama is not an attack on his personality so much as the possibility that Americans would think to control their lives or rebut the prevailing market ideology that is bankrupting the country. We lost the week, we lost the year, we lost the last decade and there is no one to help us out of this mess thanks to the conservative dingbats who control the media and who have hateful values.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | August 1, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain's camp knew what they were doing when they stepped into the box. They did what Bill Clinton did not, used the race card by using the "Entertainment" label given to blacks by those who have problems with the intellect, pedigree or accomplishments of blacks. So what do you do? Use the lowest common denominator, add some white trash and you have Britney Spears, Paris Hilton who are nothing but brainless entertainers, and you can kill two birds with a stone.

Comparing Obama to two blond bimbos, (who actually are exactly alike McCains wife)will piss him off, he'll get called the "N" word without usage, and if he plays the race card it will haunt him.

Obama was a bit smarter and said what we all say, he made a TRUE statement in that he does not look like the US presidents on money, he's younger, accomplished, world-traveled, and yes, he is black but as a member of the campaign, he never uses the race card.

However the race card is played in this country everyday, by every network, journalist, politician, and anyone who has any political pull to taint opinion. Like folk in the McCain camp have said, most folk do not dissect news and they listen to sound bites, it's those folk we need to vote for McCain, in other words, the uninformed white working class of America is dumb and if we cater to them we will get our point across.

The racist folk of our nation do that too well. Clinton was the first, she gave her ammunition to McCain and they will use it whenever they see an opening.

The writer of this article, shows the bias as all other biased writers showing exactly how they think and write on race.

Actually the media falls for the race card, because in my eye, McCains group spoke out of guilt, pushing the issue, mainstream media should have jumped on this by inquiring how, but did they? No.

If writers like yourself do not understand how you show your racism, know you get added to the list of those who have not passed into the new area of journalists we will need after Obama is elected, those who will report truth, not yellow-trash-filled, hate-based journalism.

Posted by: Scheduler | August 1, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama NEVER accused McCain of using racism against him. Where in the world are people getting that idea from????

Obama never even mentioned race! He just said he was different. So now we can't even use the word "different" with out being accused of playing the race card?

McCain's campaign seems so desperate. I thought the Britney/Paris ad was the lowest he could go, but comparing Obama to Moses is just blasphemous.

Posted by: Chad | August 1, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm very happy that Mccain has finally gained media attention after Whinning all week about Obamas successfull trip abroad. Especially the fact that Mccain made this break through without any substance or evidence at all. Mccain clearly won the week according to John the host of Race to the White House where Rachel Maddow was paired off with 4 conservatives to argue how and Why Mccain won the week. Mccain won the week with his Britney Spears and Paris Hiltion ads inwhich Mccains' ex staff members and supporters said it was distasteful and lacked substance. Mccain won the week, due to his race card that he accused Obama of using not to mention that Obama spoke in greater detail several times before. I heard all week how Mccains ads were comical, lacked substance, commentators and the pundits criticized it but still Mccain won the week because he got the media to talk about what the Mccain campaign wanted to talk about. So, Mccain is accusing Obama of god like personal attacks and calling him a celebrity as if Obama thinks its all about him but Mccain wins when he diverts the conversation to be all about him which was a bunch of nothing. So why bother criticizing the candidates of having no substance if Mccain could win a week on no substance. My question is, if Mccain can take risks of attacking Obama on fairytale ads that are false and distorts his image and still win the media over,( even though I thought the candidate that really wins is the one who speaks about real issues voters are concerned about), would Obama win the week if he made true accurate ads of why Mccain shouldn't lead due to his 52 flip flops on issues, and his repeated gaffes and mistakes on serious issues like the War in Iraq and Afganistan, Taxes, and Immigration reform? I think Mccain lost this week because he lowered his standards for political expedency being that he said he would run a respectful campaign. Lying about your opponent is the opposite of being respectful. The truth is Mccain cant compete fair with Obama because Obama is a much better candidate, a better speaker, he draws larger energized crowds. He can deliver a speech better and go into details about foreign policies or his economic policies without making a gaffe. Mccain on the other hand can't remember what he said during a interview on Monday during a interview on Wensday. These are the real differences with the candidates and Mccain don't want to talk about that neither does the media. The media has given Mccain an excuse over and over again. When will the media, pundits, commentators realize that Mccain with all of his experience may not be ready at 72 years old to lead our country. This is a serious issue especially after having 8 years with Bush. I think the media should take this election more seriously and not sink to the low standards of a desperate campaign.

Posted by: April | August 1, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

The logical next step of John McCain's ads is that Americans are dummies who are clowns on the world's stage. We cant be trusted to lead anything because we aren't serious. Any person who would run ads like McCains cant be a world leader worth his salt. Its why we are losing our value and credibility. We are a nation of dead ideas that cant deal with even the color of other people's skins without getting childish and racist. I think John has exposed a real true color of America today which is that its afraid of people of color and afraid to discuss issues on the merits. John McCain means a giant step backwards beyond even Bush to the dark ages of predjudice and backwards thinking. Get ready for more nations than China to pass us like we are stopped if John gets elected.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | August 1, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his campaign have nothing new for the American people. It must be more or Bush. Hence, McCain and his Campaign must resort to racist scare tactics.

The McCain ad of a few days ago is ugle, arrogant, and over the top.

Posted by: Alen Alex | August 1, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey Professor Wright, who is doing double-talk? Certainly couldn't be Obama after he criticizes the Republican's policies and then calls for tax cuts and praises Reaganomics. Certainly couldn't be Obama, who criticized the telecom spy bill and then voted in favor of it. Certainly couldn't be Obama, who said he didn't vote for the Iraq war, yet voted in favor of funding it. Certainly couldn't be Obama, who says he wants to protect Israel, yet wants to strike up friendly relations with Iran's Ahmadinejad. That is the guy you are saying is giving "real answers". Hello...Professor Wright....??

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing funny about McCain using stereotypes to try and smear his opponent. For all we know McCain is a wacko who will do anything to be president. Is this the type of man we want next to the button -- a doctor strangelove?

Posted by: Paul Nolan | August 1, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are the ones who ran the racist ad against Harold Ford in the first place, so...They're capable of injecting racism into political campaigns.

John McCain says these recent attacks are humorous and fun. Contrary to what Bush may have had him believe, McCain is not auditioning to be a clown.

Obama 2008, because he takes it seriously.

Posted by: Aaron | August 1, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Do American conservatives fear leadership? Would they have abandoned Moses if they had been in the desert? Whats the point of the McCain Moses ad? I guess McCain thinks we should walk for 40 years in the desert of war and death following no leadership rather than make a country? Get it -- GOP doesnt believe in leadership, its believes in stupid stewardship, what is the next GOP golden cow? The idol for the GOP is the shrine of the rich man's house or big corporate tent. I don't get it McCain -- are you just ignorant or is it your staff?

Posted by: Paul Nolan | August 1, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a racist hater baiter who wants to have Americans live in the 50s again like Leave it to Beaver. How about his expensive shoes, cheating on his first wife? Association with business lobbyists and catholic haters? He is the one.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | August 1, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

This is nonsense. It is very well known of Obama's intention behind informing people of specific behaviors, not limited to Fox Ignorant, Lying, Hatred, Prejudice Breeding News. Obama's got too much class to sink to the low road of using race. He is not, however, naiive to think that every voter out there will treat and/or view him like they would have had there been "two McCains" on opposite sides of the stick. That is wise. I admire him for boldly confronting this obstacle instead of ignoring it or pretending that it isn't there to SOME extent. At the least he can rest assured that he has exposed the people to be aware of specific behaviors against him. Perhaps he wouldn't feel the need to talk about that "issue" if certain behaviors weren't dished out in the first place, just something to think about. What these specific opposers could do is cut the crap. Obama's not egging to bring race as a negative issue to attempt to "score" points. They want to perform some reverse psychology and make race an issue, to attempt to paint Obama as some extremely negative excuse of a runner. Bullcrap. I see right through that. I expect Obama to continue to take the high road.

I do recall tactics elsewhere that McCain does not do much to voice against; therefore, I wonder if McCain is silently in on that type of "score" method. They wish this were about race, to take down another honorable man.

I have plenty of reasons why Obama, with who and how he is, has no reason to attempt to "play the race card." Regardless of how people selfishly label him (as if they have such right), he's both "black" AND "white."

WaPo, stop instigating for the weak in mind. This is bull and you know it.

Posted by: Obama2008 | August 1, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain = GOP hate = no one other than white males can be president

Posted by: Paul Nolan | August 1, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey I resent that comparison of Mrs McCain to Amy Winehouse. Amy may have her problems, but she got where she is on her own talents. Cindy inherited hers. And bought the rest at the plastic surgeon.

McCain has lost all credibility and any sense of honor by diminishing the Presidential Race (not meant to be playing the race card by this phrase, btw) in taking such a low road with his advertising. He deserves to be pilloried by everyone who once respected him. He has allowed himself to be MANIPULATED by right wing tools from the Bush/Cheney organizations into using these baseless and disgusting tactics simply to get more press.

Shame on you John McCain. I hope you lose this election in a landslide.

Posted by: DCExpat in Durham | August 1, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Race is all that McCain has. It makes no sense for a minority to "play" the race card unless he or she wants to loose. You idiots in the press are beyond belief. Celebrity and race are the cards of McCain, and the innoculation that Barack was seeking is nothing. Shucks, I am white, does that make me better? Thats McCains only advantage in the popular eye. It sure as heck isnt his god awful policies. Its reverse race baiting, backdoor entry to the predjudice issue that American dum a-- voters seem to love.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | August 1, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I have noticed McCain's ads never feature his voiceover saying, "I'm John McCain and I approve this message." Just; Paid for by the McCain Campaign. Am I missing it?

Can't wait for the 4 debates:
"Senator McCain, as the most important decision a president can make is take his country to war, would you start preemptive war based on the intelligence we had about Iraq again? And, if not, why did you vote in favor of it?"

"Why did you oppose the Bush tax cuts? What changed?"

"Your ad claimed Senator Obama did not visit troops because the media was not going to be allowed in. This has been proven false and yet you continue to stand by that statement. Why?"

"You have said you would pursue Osama Bin Laden to the gates of Hell if need be, yet you now claim you would not pursue him in Pakistan. Is that a political decision made at the expense of justice for your fellow Americans who lost their lives on 9/11?"

"

Posted by: positive force | August 1, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

It is truly OBVIOUS that John McCain needs a NEW set of advisers! OsiSpeaks.com

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | August 1, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for holding both campaigns equally responsible, Mr. Balz. As an undecided voter, I am having a hard time knowing what is fact and what is fiction because the press seems very biased in Senator Obama's favor. Based on the quote you provide, it seems clear Sen. Obama was saying the McCain campaign was using race against Obama, when they haven't ever done that. So on this issue, I think Obama made a wrong and hurtful suggestion. I hope you will continue to hold both candidates responsible, not just in terms of campaign tit for tat, but also in terms of policy positions.

Posted by: Jim | August 1, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

" We've seen this happen before and we've not going to let it happen to us."

... he's right ... the Obama Campaign did it to Hillary ... too bad she didn't hit back as hard as McCain!
McCain '08
Hillary 2012!!!

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | August 1, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

CR:

don't lie. if you want to report what was said to help educate others then fine, but don't misrepresent the truth because people will no longer take your words as truthful.

Obama did not flip-flop. He said he is willing to compromise with Republican leadership by supporting LIMITED additional offshore drilling IF Republicans agree to an energy policy that includes fuel-efficient autos and the development of alternate energy sources.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | August 1, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse


To compare Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton is to compare Mrs McCain to Amy Wine house.

Posted by: Faye | August 1, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse


"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Barack Obama attracting 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 43%. When "leaners" are included, it's Obama 47% and McCain 46%"

Tick Tock, Barry O.

Posted by: thall | August 1, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand all this fuss about racism in the Presidential run. If you look at the rich tapestry that is the American Presidency, and how well it reflects the ethnic and racial diversity of the country, its plain to see that any allusion to racism is completely unfounded!!

Posted by: Geonerd | August 1, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

This is Just another one of John McCains distraction tactics.

This was not the first time that Barack Obama warned his audience to be prepared for the silly negative things that John

McCain and some of the republican party members would say during this campaign,for example: comparing Obama to Britney Spears

and Paris Hilton. John McCain knew he messed up. Even some of the Republican party members warned against the negative comment

that John McCain has made involving insults towards other people that have nothing to do with this campaign and not to mention

he participated in insulting these women instead of showing compassion and offering good sound wisdom and direction to the two

women who needs to be encouraged, what a great opportunity this would have been for a presidential nomimee. So in order to

politic and distract he chose to degrade these women as if times have'nt been hard enough for both them, now who is the elitist

here? OH, and course theres the great week that Obama had overseas. John McCain certainly doesn't want us to talk about that.

So he had to react fast by drawing the race card in attempts to blame Obama again for his very own error. My question is,

Why did'nt John McCain comment on this before when Obama has said it at least two other times and referenced in the past by

actually saying "by the way did they mention that I am black". hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I say, Johns Gaffe, Obamas Victory


Posted by: faye | August 1, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I hope you're getting good pay for what you're doing...

you know who you are...
I know who you are and what you're doing...

the American people are no longer where you think we are... : )

Posted by: nerakami | August 1, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

for those with "eyes", let them "see"...

if you don't know what is happening, let me tell you...
they pushed the auto-play button, sending subliminal images and messages to command us how to think, who to choose.....

something must have been wrong with us to have chosen George Bush... TWICE !
brainwashed, some say.
Indoctrinated by beliefs that grooved patterns into our thoughts and behavior.
losing our sense of what is right.. our ability to discern the truth.
They're begun to herd in the mindless sheep.....

but a wind is stirring, and many are waking from their sleep and slumber...
thinking, analyzing, discovering what matters to them
freedom from conditioned ways of thinking,
freedom to choose what is right for me and my countrymen
freedom to express my own expectations for this country
for my child and grandchild to come...

yes, the one is here
and it is me...
because, now I can see

Posted by: nerakami | August 1, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Obama. Meet John McCain, a real hero and someone who has been fighting for his beliefs from a North Vietnam POW camp to the Senate floor. You just keep running away from the debates. You get in the ring with John and you'll be blubbering like a little schoolgirl in about 20 minutes. That ain't Hils over there, baby.

America, land of the free, the strong, the brave, and some Democrats too.

Posted by: that ain't hillary over there | August 1, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

sojourner: I agree, Obama is using everyone. He has fooled the young into thinking that his 'change' message is real. He has fooled the black folks into thinking that he cares about them as americans instead of just monolithic voters to turn to only when you are in desperate need to win an election. He has fooled the intellectuals with his Harvard Law degree and by having an equally educated wife. He fooled the people of Indiana with his state voting record. He fooled the democratic party at the last DNC convention by speaking so eloquently, knowing that black people don't really speak Elizabethan english they speak Ebonics. He has fooled our foreign allies with his multi-national upbringing.

He's the worst kind of politician. He's educated and opinionated and seeks out smart people to get his facts straight.

Worst is, every time he's asked a question about the war or the economy or energy policy or foreign policy, he gives real answers instead of political double-talk.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | August 1, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Cr we know you have a small johnson that is actually larger than your brain.

Posted by: Mr. U | August 1, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Cr we know you have a small johnson that is actually larger than your brain.

Posted by: Mr. U | August 1, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

mcCain needs too wise up. Obama is staging both sides of the discussion on race.


First The black man with the banner who interupted Obama speech today was staged.

It was done to give Obama a chance to counter wuestions that most whites have about Obama, ie a giveaway of jobs and money to blacks. Replay the what the man said and Obama's response.

Obmaa has at least 90% of the black vote so blacks don't care what he says or does.

The so called heckler raised the question ie how much money are you going to give blacks so Obama could say it is not a balck man's issue and the camera's were running.

McCain's camp needs to counter this staging of race questions and scenarios.
.........................


Obama is staging whites in his photo ops and whites are noticing that.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | August 1, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see the old playbook out again:

"Obama is a racist.
he played the race card against the Clintons and everyone who doesn't bow down to him"
etc etc

textbook Rove.
Clinton is an elitist
Kerry a traitor
Obama a racist
ignorance is good
white is the new black
war is peace

expect the next series of adds to:
a)subtly demonstrate that Obamas education makes him unfit to govern
b) point out all the nasty people in the world who would prefer Obama to McCain
c) show lots of "young McCain soldier and warrior" footage contrasted with images of an effete Obama.

for any student of political & media science your election process is a wonderful thing

as a liberal humanist it makes me sick to the stomach

ahh well - swings and roundabouts

Posted by: An Aussie Observer | August 1, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama comes across as elitist, a talented toastmaster who did seem to throw the race card in during the primaries then accuse the Clinton's of doing so.

McCain comes across as a bitter old man who would bomb a suspected adversary into the stone age, get his own way and nuts to anyone who disagrees. He is also a patrician who would watch the middle class starve and tell them they are doing well.

Not much of a choice but I'll take my chances on a younger man who is somewhat idealistic and not quite as sleazy as the old guy.

Posted by: Mike | August 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama says he will "remake the world".
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0708/12028.html

Posted by: CR | August 1, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama NOW supports offshore oil drilling. A HUGE flip flop! What say you now Messiah Obama supporters?
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080801/ap_on_el_pr/obama;_ylt=AumKCa5l4dnTFPv4I7FKhyRh24cA

Posted by: CR | August 1, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

If you think this (Fool) is going to make a difference you are wrong. This organization is nothing more than another meaningless, sell-out hate group. Barrack's campaign is bullet proof and all you Racist Loser's that think all African American's are the same will have to Bow Down to a Black President!! For you that have time to waste criticizing Blacks and others on a Blog you obviously are quite the Looser yourself...Otherwise you would be out making things happen. For the Gentleman that spoke out ...I am sad to see you took of a whole day from Burger King to make an attempt to get time on national Television...Nevertheless, I ain't mad at you...that's your right...You other Loser's that are speaking out of term on this Blog, I wish I could meet some of you COWARDS as you wouldn't have the B*lls to say these things in person (COWARD) and definitely don't have much to show for your ignorance...JUST BE QUIET AND BOW DOWN TO YOUR NEXT AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT or SHUT UP!!!!!!!!! If you want to say anymore just step out and state your opinion to a real Brother and see what happens!! BOW DOWN!!

Posted by: FL Bammas | August 1, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, from McCain's new commercial, we see that Obama is just like Moses and saved the Jews from Egypt.

http://wonkette.com/401637/john-mccains-epic-new-ad-loves-barack-obama

Posted by: JAkeD and Dianne72 | August 1, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I wish Barak were darker complected.

Posted by: John | August 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Very sad. Senator McCain-- I thought you were a better person than this!

Posted by: DR_JES | August 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse


OOPS

HERE IS THE BEST ARTICLE OF THE YEAR ON OBAMA

NY TIMES

OBAMA - STAR POWER, MINOR ROLE

ALL ABOUT HIS KISSING UP AND EGO MANIAC POLITICAL AMBITIONS

NOT DIFFERENT


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/09/us/politics/09obama.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=OBAMA%20STAR%20POWER%20MINOR&st=cse&oref=slogin


Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

CF:
"JHTC, oh, but I have had the experience of people making assumptions about how I think, JHTC, becasue you've spent several posts telling me how white liberals think."

Yes, but I've qualified it by noting that it's been my experience.

"Yeah, and I did notice how you used my typo to gay bait me, too! Aren't you classy?!"

I couldn't possibly gay bait you because I didn't realize you were a guy.

"And let's get this out one more time: think what you like, that ain't my problem. My problem is you posting BS on this blog about people like me."

I couldn't possibly be posting BS about people like you since you claim to be a non-racist white liberal. I'm talking about those other liberals.

Posted by: JTHC | August 1, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign (and Obama himself) have been race baiting and playing the race card from the very beginning of the Democratic primaries. Kudos to the McCain campaign (and McCain himself) for having the guts to challenge Obama's shameless and pitiful attempts to paint everyone that is against him as racist and to portray himself as the poor black victim. He is a victim of himself ... and at last, John McCain and the Republicans are going to expose Obama for what he is --unqualified, inexperienced, arrogant, presumptuous and NOT ready to lead this country.

So, I will send a check to John McCain and the RNC to help fund the running of more ads that show Obama as the attention seeking, celebrity air head and holier than thou "One" that he is.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse


Obama played the race card WAAAAAY back in Iowa - when he trotted Oprah out. She used to go to his church - did everyone know that?

Oh yeah

Preach-O'Bama


He played it then to let everyone know where he was coming from - what he was going to use


OBAMA DIDN'T JUST USE THE RACE CARD

HE'S USING BLACK FOLKS


In one of the debates two black leaders walked up on stage - shaking hands with everyone. Obama looked stunned when they didn't linger on his hand and smile into his face. He actually looked STUNNED.

Because he has always BANKED on using the black like me voters.


Why do you think he ran so unqualified? He knew he was. He met with Daschle and spoke with Kerry. All the DC White Boys Club leaders. Not the black leaders - the white ones. He asked them what they thought (this is from a NY Times article - here is the link


They said - go for it. Who cares if your resume is written on a cocktail napkin? We'll give you some committee assignments and write you some bills and you can sign on. We'll trash and ambush Hillary on Super Tuesday - we'll even get Patsy Howard Dean to change the rules for you. We'll get you there. And we'll ensure the black vote for eternity to the Democrat Party - and we'll do everything FOR YOU. That's the part Obama liked best. The part about doing everything FOR HIM. Like Rezko and the Rev Wright in Chicago. HIS TICKETS.

Obama is a USER AND A DONE NOTHING.

HIS LATEST USE? YOUNG FOLKS WHO THOUGHT HE WAS DIFFERENT JUST BECAUSE HE SAID SO.

BLACK LIKE ME VOTERS WHO VOTED AGAINST BILL CLINTON. BILL CLINTON WHO HAS NEVER BEEN A RACIST IN HIS LIFE AND HAS WORKED FOR EVERY UNDERDOG IN THIS COUNTRY.


OBAMA IS A LYING UNSCRUPULOUS NOBODY

A DOLITTLE AS POSSIBLE

USER


EMPEROR OBAMA NEEDS TO KNOW THAT SMALL TOWN BITTER WHITE FOLKS ARE CLINGING TO THEIR HIGHER STANDARDS

AND THAT WE THE SMALL TOWN BITTER WHITE FOLK ELECT OUR LEADERS IN THIS COUNTRY

NOT THE SUPER THUGS

NOT THE DEMOCRAT BOYS CLUB AMBUSHERS


WE DO


AND WE SAY


NOVEMBER = NOBAMA


WE WORK HARD


COCKTAIL NAPKIN RESUME = NO JOBBIE


BELIEVE IT

Posted by: sojourner | August 1, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I am cool, who let those dogs out, brother and sister, right arm ?

I saw McCain wearing cowboy boots just like his hero the Dummy in Chief. Some people would in fact like to see those cowboy boots off or their soveriegn soil.

Oh no, will the leaches of the McCain's minions attack me personally and continually for pointing out obvious truths ? Perhaps it is not the truth to them which I would retort, google "cognitive dissidence" and "Delusions of Granduer". Pardon me while I give my cowboy boots to chew on, she loves chewing on bullies too, pathetic.

Posted by: Mark W. | August 1, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Scumbag rascal groupie fans of NObama like Jonathan Chait have suddenly discovered that the right wing bruits are not so nice.

Hmm, did n't these Nobama koolaid drinking rascals, and the NObama campaign itself malign Clinton in any which way the could, any language they could, including the pimp word on Chelsea?

Now the NObama slime is suddenly worried that right winger always malign Dem nominees, Kerry all the way back to Duke, including CLinton in the middle?

Gee, the attacks which Chait is bemoaning on nominees including CLinton, are the very same attacks that the NObama slime used on CLinton. They called her Shrillary, called her politics of old, compared Bill to Nixon, and used any other nasty epithet that came to their mind.

I say, these dung worms deserve everything that they beget from the right wing Nazis. If NObama is racially trashed, so what, they used plenty of race and sex cards against Clinton. If NObama is unfairly attacked and media does n't call McCain on that, so what, the media prostitutes were in bed with Nobama for a year through out the primaries.


Posted by: intcamd1 | August 1, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

JHTC, oh, but I have had the experience of people making assumptions about how I think, JHTC, becasue you've spent several posts telling me how white liberals think. So, you're not only full of it, you're a hypocrite. Yeah, and I did notice how you used my typo to gay bait me, too! Aren't you classy?!

And I'm... uh... very well acquainted with the fact of the Civil Rights Era, thank you very much. But you are mixing your groups up to hide the fact that you are wrong. We were talking about liberals and conservatives. Those weren't conservative Republicans doing the right thing in the '60's: this was the work of an extinct species called the liberal and moderate republican (arrayed against conservative democrats and republicans). So, sorry, but liberals still deserve most of the credit for the legislative accomplishments of the period, whatever their party affiliation. You're the one who brought up Republicans as opposed to conservatives.

And let's get this out one more time: think what you like, that ain't my problem. My problem is you posting BS on this blog about people like me.

Posted by: CF | August 1, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

If was not indended to be a racial, why was he not shown with say Hally Berry, he was shown with two women that are consided rather trashy. I am 63 years old and everytime some wants to put a Black person in the place they find a way to say they are just like someone that no one has any respect for.

Regardless to what they intended, Mccain lied. He said he was going to be about the issue. I have not seen anything about they issue, other lets drill in the ocean and screw what the millions of people that live close it think. Do they really think we don't know that by the time they will have anything to show for it is 15 or 20 years away.

Posted by: mariposa | August 1, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Republicans Won After Civil War Was Over--Can Modern Republicans .

..Republicans Won After Civil War Was Over--Can Modern Republicans Win Without 9/11?

http://texasliberal.wordpress.com/2008/01/16/republicans-won-after-civil-war-was-over-can-modern-republicans-win-without-911/

Posted by: AlexP1 | August 1, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

"Apparently I'm more of an expert on white liberals than you are, JHTC, because you aren't one. After all, isn't that your modus operendi: go around pretending that you have some valuable insight into the African American experience because you are one? Well, it cuts both ways."

I'm not African American, but good job putting forth another unsupported assumption.

"Consider another possibility: maybe those liberals who you claim are surprised you are a conservative are actually surprised that you are suck a dick about it"

Haha, that's a great expression. Haven't heard it before, but maybe you have more intimate experience in that arena.

"BTW, history flash: many of the liberals, black and white, who helped out in the Civil Rights Era are still very much alive, thank you very much. Likely untrue of the Republicans who ended slavery."

Here's another history flash: A larger percentage of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Acts than did Democrats. It wasn't until later that the southern Democrats jumped parties. But then again, all that's irrelevant because I don't care about which side was more righteous way back when--I analyze politics looking forward.

It's strange that in your earlier post you say I don't owe anyone any loyalty for those past deeds, but you keep bringing it up like I should.

Posted by: JTHC | August 1, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Such is the state of politics these days. Both candidates have stated their positions, but what seems to sell is whether or not Barack Obama is too arrogant and John McCain is senile. Or their wives are ugly and/or bimbos. Or what clever, nasty names you can call either one. Or that "race card", a thousand times over. Grow up, people! This is NOT the "Gong Show". It is the future you are playing silly games with, and right now the future does not look all that great. We're going to need some serious thoughts about fixing the country's problems, and juvenile schoolyard antics aren't it.

Posted by: rmpatera | August 1, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

...Just because the "republicans" were on the "Union" side of the Civil War....over 100 years ago....does not mean that they are not on the side of "slavery"...they had their own mission.....

www.civilwarhome.com/potpourr.htm

Posted by: ALexP1 | August 1, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Um, this is the real JTHC, not the guy addressing me below.

You're right that I haven't met "most liberals," but most liberals I've met hold this particular stereotype. Is it racism? I would think so. It's presuming certain things about me simply because of the color of my skin. And it's worse than some simple idiocies like "black person -> likes fried chicken" because it's a presumption about sameness of thought and beliefs and opinions. It's stripping me of my individuality and assuming that people of my race must all think the same. Maybe that doesn't seem very offensive to you, but maybe that's because you haven't had that experience.

Posted by: JTHC | August 1, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Apparently I'm more of an expert on white liberals than you are, JHTC, because you aren't one. After all, isn't that your modus operendi: go around pretending that you have some valuable insight into the African American experience because you are one? Well, it cuts both ways.

Consider another possibility: maybe those liberals who you claim are surprised you are a conservative are actually surprised that you are suck a dick about it, and have such an obvious chip on your shoulder.

Lol, I certainly never claimed to have a monopoly on truth, and if anything I said offended you, then you are a delicate flower indeed.

BTW, history flash: many of the liberals, black and white, who helped out in the Civil Rights Era are still very much alive, thank you very much. Likely untrue of the Republicans who ended slavery.

Posted by: CF | August 1, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

it's remarkable how msmers, including Balz, have accepted Mccain's charge that Obama played a "race card" without considering what Obama actually said. Obama said, humorously, and before a relaxed all white audience, that republicans (not mccain, not his campaign) would portray him as a 'risky' candidate, noting, among other things, that he looks different from presidents memorialized on one dollar bills. as a starting point, Obama was speaking figuratively and in humor: there is but one president on one dollar bills, and Obama looks different from him not only in his skin color and facial features but also, importantly, in his age. Mccain has savaged Obama for his inexperience, which criticism relies heavily upon Obama's relative youth (and youthful appearance). Even assuming arguendo that Obama meant to refer only to his 'race' in distinguishing his looks from those of presidents whom we have commemorated on dollar bills, however, it should not be discounted that he is neither 'black' nor 'white' but is a hybrid and in truth he can only be deemed black, to the exclusion of also being white, if one subscribes to the "one drop" rule, developed in slavery, which posited that if you have any african ancestry, you are for all purposes an african. Surely Mccain did not intend to dignify the 'one drop' rule when he accused Obama of playing the race card. in mid summer, the msm is so starved for news about the campaign that it will sedulously report anything mccain has to say in derogation of obama's candidacy. it's time the msm, and its readership, asked why that should be and how it can be reconciled with responsible journalism.

Posted by: Bemused | August 1, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama should have taken the high road. He should have immediately apologized for implying that the McCain camp was going to use race in a divisive manner, when he has no evidence of this. He could have pointed out that, in a campaign with millions of words uttered, some dumb things are occasionally said. People would have respected this. He certainly has enough valid issues to criticise McCain over. We have had almost eight years of a president who refuses to take responsibility for his mistakes. Obama should know better.

Posted by: Harry D | August 1, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama's Presidential Attributes:

Articulate, athletic, charismatic, charming, computer literate, even-tempered, good humored, handsome, honest, honorable, humble, intelligent moral, professional, self-assured, sophisticated, tall, unimpeachable integrity, well educated, witty, young.

Posted by: RichardM | August 1, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

amoronovich:

Amen, thank you. I hate how elections are treated like some glorified team sport instead of a simple process by which we pick a civil servant. A pox on anyone who buys into this silly idea that "my side is right and glorious and your side is evil and debauched." Crypto-muslim versus McSame? Jesus, why can't people put the fanboyism away and accept that neither is an antichrist come to kill America?

Posted by: JTHC | August 1, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Unless you have actually met "most liberals," let alone peered into their minds, painting with such a borad brush is no better than the racism you claim they suffer from (also we aren't talking about discreet groups; there are many African American liberals obviously). Let's also dig a little deeper into the terms, shall we? Yes, people who assume anything based on your pigmentation are stereotyping you. All people do this every day in matters big and small. But is that racism? Let me suggest that racism is a societal ill, in which phenotypical characteristics are used to differentiate between people, resulting in disparities in treatment. Somebody being surprised by your opinions is not a racist. Somebody surprised that a blond, blue-eyed person is Jewish is stereotyping Jews, but they aren't necessarily anti-Semitic. By loosely throwing around these terms, and setting up a moral equivalence between any act that involves noticing an ethinicty, you make any analysis of racism difficult. Stereotyping isn't cool, and I always try to point that out when I see it, but by making something relatively minor into the standard of racism, you leave no room for analyzing, oh I don't know, broken inner city institutions, disparities in health care access, ethnic profiling, etc ad nauseum.

Posted by: JTHC | August 1, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

A c'mon you guys, neither Obama nor McCain are anything like the kinds of jerks their campaign people are. They are creeps though.

But there you go, you picked one of these creeps to hang your hopes on, so you listen to all the vile nonsense coming out of your chosen side and believe it all to be true, while nothing the other side says about your creep even remotely resembles reality.

It's like you're taking this crap personally, like they're saying it about you. Don't you have your own identity, your sense of self? Don't you exist without this creep's shadow?

putzes, all of you.

Posted by: amoronivich | August 1, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

hey people

it's a race, an election, a contest - whatever

barak whiney poo obama and john slimy mccain are just two peas in a pod and actually, neither one is going to back down so just sit back and watch the show

everyday it's - wa wa he said that, and wa wa he said that - who cares

they are both flip flopping liars who pander and change like chamelions(?) whenever it suits their purpose

who ever picks the best vp gets my vote, I will not blindly follow anyone anywhere

Posted by: lucci8 | August 1, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain made th decision out of desperation to turn the campaign to ugly smears.

If the Washington Post isn't honest enough with their readers to recognize that McCain chose the low road, don't trust anything they report on the election.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | August 1, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

lil hussein said it but its racist if mccain points it out?
try again lefty.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"I do wish you'd consider the great contributions made by these horrible liberals to your participation as a full citizen of this great democracy."

I don't see how the current batch of "liberals" had anything to do with my participation as a full citizen of this democracy, nor do I feel that I should refrain from calling it as I see it. Your argument is about as ridiculous as the notion that blacks should always vote Republican since the GOP freed them from slavery.

"Not saying that you owe anyone your loyalty or your vote, that wasn't why they did it, but you should know this before you spout crap like liberals are more racist than conservatives. It's not true,"

Great, another liberal (guessing you're white?) who presumes to hold a monopoly on the truth. What do you know about my experiences? I'm telling you what I've seen and what I think about it, and you're trying to contradict me without facts, logic, or experience. That's just plain awesome--why don't you pull out some more fantasies from your grab-bag of wisdom?

"Hey, it's your right, but you sure seem like an ignorant fool to join forces with the same people that never cared about you, nor your parents before you."

So you care about me? I call BS. You care to the extent that I and "my kind" are held in continual obeisance to the great white liberal. Otherwise, why do you care whether I think liberals are more racist than conservatives? I'll still vote for Ds when they're the better choice, but the notions you put forth are downright offensive.

Posted by: JTHC | August 1, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

To the paper that prints Dana Milbank, this is expected.

As citizens who care about this country, we have to do our own research around our media.

Especially the failing Washington Post.

Crooks and Liars is noting that McCain played the race card from the bottom of the deck first with this web ad depicting Obama on a dollar bill.

This was the ad Obama was referring to earlier this week.

Since the Post missed it, here's the link if they print this comment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPARec32KMI

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2008/08/01/mccain-ad-did-make-fun-of-obamas-appearance/

McCain is having fun playing us all for fools.

Posted by: kravitz | August 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Balz is wrong. Obama isn't backpedalling from his dollar bills remark at all. Nor should he.

Posted by: Patrick | August 1, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

ive always had disdain for the term 'race card. to me there is no such thing as a 'race card', race itself is the card. Race was created by people in power as a means to deny, deprive, oppress, reject, and abuse fill in the blank. So when people of the previously denied races, started receiving the things they had once been denied and started making noise about the injustices of the system based on race, do you know what was then 'created' by those people in power? The RACE CARD. People in power designed this catchy phrase to make people of the denied races feel guilty for calling foul of the injustices that are/were created on basis of race.

Everything is a RACE issue in America because that is the way our society was created. From the very beginnings of American History there was the Native Americans versus the Colonist. From the Slavemasters to the Slaves

If people who are offended by someone 'pulling the race card' then get rid of 'race' and the biases and deplorable conditions throughout the world that have been caused by the social construct of race.

Posted by: smartyspice | August 1, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why do the fanatics always shout in these comment columns? Too many CAPS and too many !!!!! exclamation points. You can almost see the saliva spewing. Most annoying, to be sure. In the months I have been reading political comments, I've come to notice that most of them are republicans. Maybe that's why I'm beginning to lean left.

Posted by: on the fence but leaning left | August 1, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Peter:

What "difference" do you think Senator Obama was referring to then re: other Presidents on dollar bills if NOT his race?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought that Billary was power hungry. I didn't realize that Darth Obamatous is even worse. Need to definitely keep Bozo Barry away from the Whitehouse. We need to keep his Mr. Borackjangles act away from the Oval Office.

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: bdstauffer | August 1, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"JTHC, what in the wide world are you talking about? Are you saying that you suffered bigotry from conservatives yet they wanna hear your pov about your suffering?"

I've seen racism from both sides, but (IME)the conservatives are less likely to presume that I must be a liberal simply because of my skin color. In areas where I do have liberal views, I've rarely had a conservative say that I only think that way because of my race, whereas that's the operating presumption of most liberals.

Posted by: JTHC | August 1, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"Obama, with NO experience, is affirmative action at its worst!"

- No, GW Bush is affirmative action at its worst

Posted by: Jason | August 1, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I think the problem with Dan Balz' column is...Dan Balz. He has been consistently bashing Obama while giving McCain a free pass in the phony guise of wanting to seem "balanced." Could we please have some truth in labeling here? Why don't you just join the McCain campaign, Dan?

Posted by: candomarty | August 1, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign has painstaikingly walked a tightrope to keep race out of the campaign. So who injects race, the exact person that is accusing the oposition of doing so.

Its a move by Obama to counter any critique of him or his policies and counter with any critique as being racial. Its a very simple and obvious ploy and only those that are totally politically naive will buy into it. However many of his supporters fall into the above category.

Its good to see that the McCain campaign finally has some imagination and is using humor as well to depict Obama for what he is an ego maniac that apparently has been reading his own press and starting to believe he is something more than an inexperienced novice community organizer from Chicago with little to no experience in the Senate who was hand selected by his party and did not win the democratic primary without the support of 90% of blacks and Super delegates that caved. By all rights Clinton won the primary and she must be biting her lip everytime she has to show support for Obama whom I believe she personally detests

Posted by: ziggy1 | August 1, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Lets get the record straight.

For the last week or more Senator McCain has been doing negative attacks on Senator Obama, accusing him of inexperience, lack of patriotism, arrogance, etc. etc. The last attack included two white, female personalities know best for sexual innuendo and dumb blonde attitude.

As he has done before, called the gambit for what it is; cheap scare attack.

Unfortunately, Senator McCain chose to dirty the waters even more and claimed that Senator Obama was playing the race card.

Truth is that Senator McCain is preying us with race prejudice innuendo. All the innocent looking words like inexperience, un-patriotic, arrogant, presumptuous, etc. are race prejudice plays when false and when directed to black man for no other purpose than to incite fear.

That is the real story. I do wish that media folks would write about it as serious and divisive matter rather than just another gambit in the political game called "elect me President of the United States."

Posted by: Peter | August 1, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Its not always clear whether comments are coming from the candiate or over anxious supporters. But the allegations of racism against the Clintons certainly show the sensitivities of the Obama Campaign. Obviously Obama does want to have it both ways. People should vote for him because they share his race or feel a sense of virtue in electing someone of his race. But no criticism that could remotely be connected with his race should be tolerated. Of course, it was no different on sex with Hillary Clinton.

For the moment Obama is in a marketing campaign in an attempt to establish victory before the campaign has started. Its not surprising that John McCain is trying to slow him down with some adds. To see them as racist is a stretch at best.

Posted by: dnjake | August 1, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

If you don't know that Obama has been playing race card all along, ever since the South Carolina primary, you are either not paying attention or you are stupid.

But American people are not stupid. Soon they will start paying attention (after the Olympic.) Come November, the "Obama disaster" will come true.

After that, we centrist Democrats will pick up the pieces and rebuild a Democratic Party of the people, by the poeple and for the people.

Posted by: GY | August 1, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

According to "Newsflash"..."How pathetic Barry is. After what Bush and the GOP have done to this country, this empty suit is only tied with McCain. What does that say about the One?"

Mr. "NEWSFLASH", the question should be what does that say about America?

Also how is a Harvard educated lawyer, elected as President of the Harvard Law Review, 6-year state senator, 1-year u.s. senator become an "empty suit"? Stop the hate!

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, okay, what's the phone number for your local NSA? Or do you work there and plan on using the supercomputers to find your suspect? Lol, no good deed goes unpunished around here, does it? Have a nice day.

Posted by: CF | August 1, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama played the race card to win the nomination in the Democrat party! He ALWAYS managed to bring in HIS race while managing to call anyone else not supporting him a racist or playing the race card!

Does ANYONE really beleve that if Obama had been a white man with NO experience and listened to HATE about Black Americans for 20 YEARS and called the racist minister his "mentor and "uncle" would BE the Democrat (or Republican) nominee for President?

Obama, with NO experience, is affirmative action at its worst!

Posted by: DEM now IND | August 1, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

You have every right to your own opinions on whatever topic you like, JTHC, and I'll be the first to defend that right, but I do wish you'd consider the great contributions made by these horrible liberals to your participation as a full citizen of this great democracy. Not saying that you owe anyone your loyalty or your vote, that wasn't why they did it, but you should know this before you spout crap like liberals are more racist than conservatives. It's not true, though it does have this weird counterintuitive "truthiness" to it (India Ink is from Burma!) that makes small minds think it might be true, or ought to be.

Hearing your garbage is like watching factory workers rage about liberals while enjoying their weekends, 8 hour days, overtime pay, safety from dangerous working conditions, etc. Hey, it's your right, but you sure seem like an ignorant fool to join forces with the same people that never cared about you, nor your parents before you.

As for my own opinion? I like seeing African Americans be just as politically incoherent as any other group of Americans. It means they've made great progress.

Posted by: STFU, JTHC | August 1, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

JTHC, what in the wide world are you talking about? Are you saying that you suffered bigotry from conservatives yet they wanna hear your pov about your suffering?

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

And it's Manly, btw.

Family nickname.

Posted by: Manly, the Cowhand | August 1, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Davis is a loud, fast-talking liar trying to convince you not to believe the obvious, that is, that Obama was talking about numerous scare tactics, not race. A question may have been in order asking Obama what he meant, but not a declarative statement telling Obama what he meant.

I have grown to dislike McCain for his pathetic tactics, and lack of cogent, thoughtful, informative campaign. His nit-picking whining is boring.

While Obama may seem confident, that isn't bad. Show me a successful man/woman who isn't. McCain is just jealous of the adultation, and angry that he isn't easily receiving that to which he feels entitled.

Posted by: michael4 | August 1, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Manley, but the problems is there IS NO "proper legal apparatus in place."
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Given our, American history, do you really think the NSA is unqualified to take on some bovine hacker wannabe?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse


PRINCETON, NJ -- According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from July 29-31, John McCain and Barack Obama are now tied at 44% in the preferences of national registered voters.
This is not much different from the results reported in Gallup Poll Daily tracking on Thursday, when the two were nearly tied with 45% for Obama and 44% for McCain. However, it is a substantial turnaround from earlier this week when Obama held a statistically significant lead coming off his high-profile trip to Europe, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.

Obama and McCain were closely matched in each of the three nights of interviewing included in today's result, with neither candidate ahead by more than three percentage points. This suggests that the recent surge in voter support for Obama has truly subsided.

The contrast between Obama's recent advantage over McCain (ranging from six to nine points) and today's result is particularly notable because this is McCain's strongest showing in over a month. The last time Gallup found the race exactly tied was in late June. By contrast, in the weeks just prior to Obama's overseas trip, he had led the race by an average of four points.

How pathetic Barry is. After what Bush and the GOP have done to this country, this empty suit is only tied with McCain. What does that say about the One?

Posted by: NEWSFLASH | August 1, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Barrack Hussein Obama is an outright racist - The DEMOCRUDS will suffer a brutal defeat in November.

McCain in 2008

Posted by: mike | August 1, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone ever heard George "Bubba" Bush speak? He tries really hard to sound articulate, but you can tell he has no idea what he's talking about. It's as if at almost any moment he'll slip back into redneck-ese. I look forward to the release of anything that he has ever said either on camera or off.

Posted by: Steve R. | August 1, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Since I brought up Sen. Kerry earlier, I would be remiss to not mention he will be "debating" Sen. Lieberman Sunday on "Meet the Press".

Does anyone else out there miss Tim Russert right about now?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

You say:

"He has struggled against outright falsehoods throughout the whole campaign. But simply making people feel comfortable with the truth of his candidacy is challenging."

Hilarious. The first and largest falsehood is that he is qualified for office. The man is 46 years old and has never held a substantive job in his life.

Posted by: John Marshall | August 1, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama's disgraceful tactics is at work once again, playing the race baiting game. He did it to Clinton, and now he is doing it to McCain. Completely disgusting, but it works nevertheless. Denigrating people's integrity was Karl Rove's #1 weapon, Obama has learned very well the lessons of 2000

Posted by: logicaldoubtofhumansanity | August 1, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I've always heard the apocryphal stories that when white people get together they're openly racist and will trade jokes, etc., but since I'm not white I'll never know if that's true or not.

What I do know is that when I'm in the company of liberals, all they see is my non-whiteness and automatically presume that my viewpoints are aligned with theirs. It kind of blows their minds when I reveal that I'm a conservative. "But, but..." But what, my color doesn't align with your bigoted presumptions of how minorities should think?

So yeah, there are racists on both sides, but I'm way more wary of the "benign" liberals who think all blacks/hispanics/asians think the same.

Posted by: JTHC | August 1, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Manley, but the problems is there IS NO "proper legal apparatus in place." This is not the place to stand on principle a la "I am Spartacus!" You stand a good chance of being ripped off by people who will leave no trace of their identity. That's the last I have to say on the subject, do what y'all want.

Posted by: Collateral Fromage | August 1, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Look, I appreciate all the new-found concern for my well-being -- my point was made about "Anonymous" posters asking for MY info -- don't worry about it, folks.

Back on the topic of Dog Days of Summer: There's a REVOLT going on in Congress, right now:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0808/GOP_talkathon_Part_III_No_shirt_no_tie_No_problem.html?showall

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"If a Martian landed on Earth and asked for directions to the nearest racist, would you point the Martian to a group of Conservatives or Liberals?"

Easy, the liberals. Conservatives seem interested in what I'm thinking; liberals want to pity me for all the bigotry I've suffered at the hands of the white man. Conservatives appreciate my views; liberals think I'm a "traitor" to my race. Funny, but it's always the white liberals who are most vehement that my views are not authentic or that they don't represent the views of my race.

Posted by: JTHC | August 1, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Anybody reading your info can get on the horn right now and tell Pizza Hut to deliver you 20 pizzas, and that's obviously a relatively benign attack. It can get much worse.

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And should we let this intimidate us?

Yes, you're right, this damage can be done.

With the proper legal apparatus in place, though, a defense is possible, as is order.

But I won't live my life according to the dictates of a cretin, a slave to a fool, why would anyone, after the shock of harassment wears off?

And sometimes law enforcement uses a troll, too, why I hear Dick Cheney was asking questions about that very subject.

Apparently, someone sent him an email saying, ominously, and anonymously: "

"Prepare for investigation."

Posted by: Manly, the Cowhand | August 1, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Hi My Fellow Americans!

Youz allz know that I am a white cracka from jacka with heifer whom I call my "old c$nt". Please don't vote for my black intelligent and articulate opponent, Mr. Obama. You know it's a shame that Affirmative Action has allowed that negra to get a good Harvard School education. I just simply can't compete with him on any of the issues. So I am going to throw Cindy's brewy sink at him....I want him done. I am going to do all I can to get those hillary supporters to vote for me. I am going to do all I can to get those scared rednecks to vote for me. Be scared my fellow white Americans...be scared...there is a black man running for President and if he is on our dollar bill, we'll have to start using debit cards.

I am John McCain and I approve this message.

Posted by: John McCain | August 1, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

>>>>there are people willing to use racism against Obama.

Perhaps because Obama played the Race Card throughout the primary - and to date.

Guess what? it REALLY DID take a president to implement Dr. King's goals. But when Hillary said that - Obamabots screamed "racist"!

Robert Kennedy REALLY WAS assassinated in June DURING the Dem primary - referencing no one suggested Kennedy get out of the race. But according to Obamabots - Hillary wanted Obama ASSASSINATED!!

Polling data indicated the white working class wasn't voting for Obama. But when Hillary cited the polling data - she was deemed a racist!!

This is the level of mentality among Obamabots - who are willing to engage in faux outrage over nothingness.
Obama was silent as the Clintons were labeled as racists - and we'll remember in November.

Dems for McCain - no Hussein!

Posted by: Robert | August 1, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

So now that McSame has played the Latino race card what is going to happen. McSame's campaign is becoming pathetic and predictable. What's worse is there are so many stupid people out there that want to believe his crap. I hope we as a nation can wake up and go beyond the Republican agenda and the type that are hell bent on seeing another Bush elected.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | August 1, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

This is just the sort of article that does a disservice to the electorate. Our economy is in crisis, we are at war in two countries, people are losing their homes, privacy rights have been eviscerated, rules of evidence cause members of the U.S. Senate to laugh up their sleeves, and here you are talking about trivia.
Are you even capable of feeling a journalistic sense of duty to your readers? This display of incompetence would be judged too puerile for a high school newspaper.

Posted by: RobBarry | August 1, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Preliminary polling data shows no big shift for McCain. His best numbers have been around 45 percent nationally -- usually though he's hovering just above 40 percent. Two to three point movement during a week is just noise at this point.

Truth be told I'm surprised McCain's numbers are even that high.

Then again, several million Americans did vote for Bush twice.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you Rick Davis!

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted by: The Franchise | August 1, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain just got released from the rehab. Another aging wanna be barbie with enough botox on her face to stall a corvette engine. She dropped her morals and values off at the dumpster, the day she galloped on her rodeo pony with enough drugs in her system to start her own pharmacy and threw Poor Mrs. Cripple McCain first wife under the bus so she could suck McCain's wee wee....What a harlet. So much for women sticking together. You better watch out for the Bafoon Cindy McCain, aka "old C#unt!" She is on the loose stealing folks money with her fake a$$ charities.

Posted by: Cindy McCain | August 1, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

ignore the troll

otherwise they win

Posted by: hey idiots | August 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I hear you, Jake, but I'm serious about this. Read the article coming out in this weekend's NYTimes Magazine about trolls and their tricks (it's already available at the web site). Eye opening stuff. These people can screw with you in ways that the cops can't do much about. Anybody reading your info can get on the horn right now and tell Pizza Hut to deliver you 20 pizzas, and that's obviously a relatively benign attack. It can get much worse. Seriously, take it down, ID theft is not something to risk lightly. Sorry to lecture, you're an adult and you'll do what you want, but at least you should understand the very real risks involved.

Now, back to fighting! JakeD, you're a racist ignoramous!

Posted by: Collateral Fromage | August 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Attn: Jake D.

You and your small town police department are totally powerless against internet trolls.
See this coming Sunday's New York Times Article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/magazine/03trolls-t.html?hp

These folks delight in ruining lives. The FBI does not want to deal with them. And the local cops dont have a clue about cyber crime.

I totally disagree with your politics, but posting your address was a huge mistake.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

There's little difference in Ludacris' lyrics and Rev. Wright's hatemongering from the pulpit.
And Obama listens to both of them.

Dems for McCain - no Hussein!

Posted by: zazzle | August 1, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Dianne 72....I see you're still trying to lick the dung of Mrs. Michelle Obama's shoe. I know it must hurt your feelings to see that you can't compare or compete with such an intelligent, proud, articulate beautiful black woman. Someone just wrote a rather long post about you people...specifically women like you. Tootles...I hope you can measure up at least a wee little bit to Michelle Obama in the future...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Preliminary polling data is shifting in a big way to McCain--the pivotal issue is oil. Americans are upset with $4.00 and going higher gas prices--Pelosi only solution is to close up shop and go home. I am monitoring several talk shows in key states throughout the country and they are hopping mad that democrats have gone home without opening up offshore drilling as well as ANWAR.
Democrats are really screwing themselves....Tuesday morning polling data will have McCain out in front of Obama. Every news cycle that goes by that starts out with dems closing down Congress and not allowing drilling is another nail in democrat coffin.

Oh yeah, By using the race card Obama has done nothing but hurt his campaign---he's sinking in the polls---

Posted by: charko825 | August 1, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Jake D; You are a moron.
Why did you post your street address?

I just Googled you.
I saw a picture of your house.
It looks like a tractor or something is parked in your driveway on the left hand side of your driveway, facing your house.
I took a tour of your neighborhood.
Your real phone number came up.

If I were you, I would IMMEDIATELY change your phone number.
And I would keep close tabs on you credit card and banking info.

The info you posted, (WAPO can remove your post) but anyone using wayback.com (can easily reconstruct the posting, since wayback.com keeps permanent records of all webpages.

Internet trolls use wayback.com to hunt for phone numbers etc.

Posted by: Robert Blanchard North Smithfield RI | August 1, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Rahiq Syed....I too was very shocked when I arrived to the U.S. five years ago. Especially after 9/11 and your people just without one thought processed hijacked a bunch of planes, and flew them right into the World Trade Center and the Pentegon. I wonder if those poor arabs ever got their 100 wives that were waiting for them. It's a shame that they went straight to hell. Then the news journalist showed us how Sadam Hussien took your young children from you coward fathers and made them suicide bombers and you cowards didn't have enough b$lls to save your wives and children. It was pitiful that you treat your women so terribly and all in the name of dying and being able to aquire 100 women. Not gold or diamonds but 100 women.

Then I noticed how the white folks (not all of them, I might add) were so angry towards blacks. They seemed so afraid of them. They blame everything on the black people and they seem really shocked and jealous of the large number of college educated blacks that are in the U.S. The women sleep with their sisters baby daddy which happens to be their momma's sister husband who sleep with their momma under the oak tree where the tire wheel hangs for a swing. They show up on Jerry Springer with no front teeth and stink like h$ll. They mostly never made it past, 8 grade because they were molested by one of their mother's boyfriends that she recently met at the bar while their mother was doing meth or heroine. The children often seem dirty and hungry and cry because they are labeled as PWT. I often feel bad for them. It's a shame how the women dream about sleeping with men of color because they say their men can't really plesae them. So I can kinda relate to their fears. However, they just seem to direct them toward the wrong group of people. Because it's their white brothers and sisters that has rejected and denouced them. Such a same. We must pray for them.

Posted by: Fing Fong Foo | August 1, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, Dianne72 : )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

>>>>5 out of 7 name-call without offering factual support for their view. Typical for Obama supporters.

Very true. And few Obamabots even know Obama's positions on the issues including his voting for Bush's energy bill that gave HUGE tax breaks to the oil companies!!
McCain and Hillary voted against it.

Obama was first out of the box to denounce Hillary's proposal to help the poor and middle class by suspending the gas tax for a month or two.
Obama called it a gimmick - while oil company CEOs bundled for him!!

Now - Obama wants to give us $1000 each to help with gas prices.
LOL

Dems for McCain! - no Hussein.


Posted by: JoseyJ | August 1, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Alarmed collateral fromage:

Thanks, but I'm too old to be scared of anything or anyone (it helps that I'm on the Police Board too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Dianne72 | August 1, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who posts their real info on a blog is taking a big risk, y'all. Seriously, there's sick people out there who will target you for your expressed opinions or just for fun. JakeD, I despise your politics and all, but please ask the administrator to remove that. I know you're retired and all, and I don't want to stereotype you as elderly and out of touch with the dangers of the internet, but putting this out there is extremely foolhardy.

I can't help it, I'm a liberal, which means I care about people. Play it safe.

Posted by: Alarmed collateral fromage | August 1, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

>>>>>Ironically, the McCain camp's celebrity ad comparing Obama to the vapid pair of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears drew some criticism as a subtle attempt to play the race card in the same way Republicans did against Harold Ford in the 2006 Senate race

Dan - that's quite a stretch. But you probably needed something negative about McCain to "balance" your article.
Anyone paying a little attention to the election knows that Obama perceives himself as a celebrity.

Obama compared himself with Paris Hilton longggg before McCain's ad...

"Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame," then Senator-elect Obama said at a Gridiron dinner in December, 2004. "I've already had an hour and a half. I mean, I'm so overexposed, I'm making Paris Hilton look like a recluse."

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/07/30/the-paris-hilton-comparisons

Posted by: JoseyJ | August 1, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Dear Steve R.,

Don't you belong out on a ledge somewhere?

Posted by: PeaPod | August 1, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Please (re)read the FOUR CLEAR THINGS in the article, above, and let me know what you think is "whining" in pointing out the truth.
==============================================
"Second, the sense of grievance over this issue within McCain's high command is deep and palpable."

Let me paraphrase that for you:

"Wahhh!!! Obama's calling me a racist! Just like he did with Hillary! I want my ba-ba!"

It's McCains's own fault for running that ridiculous ad in the first place, and since he's so proud of it, he shouldn't be playing the "whiner" card when his opponent calls him out over it.

Posted by: Steve R. | August 1, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Please (re)read the FOUR CLEAR THINGS in the article, above, and let me know what you think is "whining" in pointing out the truth.
==============================================
"Second, the sense of grievance over this issue within McCain's high command is deep and palpable."

Let me paraphrase that for you:

"Wahhh!!! Obama's calling me a racist! Just like he did with Hillary! I want my ba-ba!"

It's McCains's own fault for running that ridiculous ad in the first place, and since he's so proud of it, he shouldn't be playing the "whiner" card when his opponent calls him out over it.

"

Posted by: Steve R. | August 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow Zenhead seems really angry. Are you related to Mr. McAngry Man himself? Let's flaten all of the tires on the Straight Talk Express Bus. It's obvious that it's not going anywhere...What a drag...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

LOL. JakeD is a loser. Posting his "REAL" name and address. LOL!

Posted by: Barack Obama | August 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Keep fighting dems. This is WHAT THEY DO when they don't want to bring light to their DISASTEROUS leadership the past 8 years. On EVERY SINGLE FRONT they've been a disaster. NAME ONE THING THE REPUBLICANS have done the past 8 years. ONE.

Posted by: Patrick | August 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Great McCain ad -- and so true about THE ONE.

http://www.breitbart.tv/html/143513.html

Remember when? - Obama rolled out Oprah to tell Blacks to vote for THE ONE - the Black one.

Remember when? - Obama distributed a 4 page memo detailing HOW to cast the Clintons as racists?

Obama played the Race Card all through the primary and we'll remember in November.
Dems for McCain!

Posted by: JoseyJ | August 1, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party - Whatever CRAP we can throw out so they (the country) doesn't pay attention to the absolute mess we've made of the US for the past 8 years. The list is too long to mention. ARE YOU BETTER OFF?

Posted by: Patrick | August 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous (ironically):

My name is Jake Dort and I live at 5181 San Aquario Drive in San Diego, CA, 92109.

Now, post YOUR real name and address.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

So when Republicans asked, printed on Merchandise, if Obama wins the presidency, will we still call it the "WHITE" house?
Nah, that's not racist. Nawwwwwwwwww!

Posted by: Patrick | August 1, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I see where the Huffington Post has a great article on old man McCain's $520 he spends on each pair of shoes. Now I see why he dumped his first wife for Cindy girl and her money.

Posted by: Emelda McCain | August 1, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Captbilly, you speak for me and many others, of all races and creeds, that have had it with the scorched earth way we select our Presidents. I think we are damaging our long-term prospects by this endless dividing of Americans into political tribes that rarely address one another. Rove and his minions are not the first to practise the dark arts, and there have certainly been many examples of both sides of the aisle using fear and hatred and accusations of disloyalty, but the problems we confront are only getting more serious now that the ugliness seems to have peaked. I too was hoping that McCain was serious about having a respectful debate, and I guess I'm disappointed, not least because there's a lot of ideas associated with Republicans that I agree with. Unfortunately McCain seems determined to bring the whole temple of the GOP down around him by running not on ideas but on misinformation about his opponent.

Posted by: Collateral Fromage | August 1, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Umm is clearly a Communist. Umm has pics of Josef Stalin on his bedside.

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I can't wait for the October release of the Michelle Obama tape

I also understand a new set of "Dead Sea Scrolls" will be coming out in October, saying Mr. Obama is the Anti-Christ.

And finally, the mystery of Stonehenge will be solved in October. It was built to warn us about Obama.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama camp admits playing Race Card!!
after denying it all day yesterday...

http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=5495348

NObama!
Dems for McCain

Posted by: zazzle | August 1, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed by what Senator Obama has accomplished. I have been in this country for 5 years and when I arrived I was struck at how poor and uneducated most blacks are. I could never figure out why most had children out of wedlock, sold drugs, and were in jail. I suppose it is the slave metality from generations ago but at some point they will have to take responsibility. I think that is the reason Senator Obama appeals to so many whites because he isn't 100% black. He has a black face but the mentality of a white person. That makes the vote palatable and they can feel good about themselves. I doubt many of these white voters would go for an Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson - just too black and they are for more representative of the black American - not Barack Obama.

Posted by: Rahiq Syed | August 1, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

FYI "The Truth" (riiite), it's already been stated that McCain's "economic plan" will create a much bigger deficit than Obama's. Do your research. Do you guys really think he won't raise taxes? Bush #1 said that also and guess what, he raised em! And we all know what happened to him after that.

Your "all companies will leave America when Obama is elected" scare tactic will not work on me. I personally don't think anyone making $10 million a year needs a tax break like McCain says. But that's just me. Republicans want everyone to fend for themselves. Guess what, life doesn't work that way. Like McCain wanting us to pay what the market will bear in healthcare.

(Also, I'm a happily employed software engineer who is currently on vacation, FYI.)

Like McCain, I don't know much about the subject of economics. Nonetheless, the vast majority of economists said this 'gas tax holiday' thing won't work. And it was also a ploy that McCain backed down from when it was clear that America wasn't falling for it.

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: I said it was a mistake for Obama not to distinguish between McCain and those who are making the scary black guy arguments for him that he is more than happy to benefit from. that left him open to the Rove inspired race card charge.

and do you mean the tax break that would have gone disproportionately to the rich folks who drive Hummers and don't care how far, and less to the poor who take the bus? and would have encouraged more driving just when even O'Reilly says we need a president with the courage to tell us to conserve, not whine that it's not his job to tell american's how to use their cars (O'Reilly and Bush really said those things). if you are going to use taxpayer's money to give folks a break, then give everyone the same amount as a direct subsidy (like we actually did). the gas tax holiday was a cheap stunt, and Obama called him on it, just like he called him on the lies in the troop visit ad.

Posted by: JoeT | August 1, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama Aide Concedes 'Dollar Bill' Remark Referred to His Race
Obama Strategist Calls McCain's Attack Ad Insulting; McCain Camp Defends It
By MARK MOONEY
Aug. 1, 2008

RSS Sen. Barack Obama's chief strategist conceded that the Democratic presidential candidate was referring to his race when he said Republicans were trying to scare voters by suggesting Obama "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

A key strategist for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., says the candidate's reference to faces on the dollar bill was indeed an acknowledgement of race and its role in the presidential campaign.
(ABCNews Photo Illustration)The comment had triggered a charge Thursday from Sen. John McCain's campaign manager that Obama had "played the race card... from the bottom of the deck."


Playing the Race Card
Obama's camp initially denied the remark was a reference to Obama's race.

Obama is poised to become the first black man to be the presidential nominee of a major political party when he claims the Democratic nomination on Aug. 28 -- the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

He was referring to the fact that he didn't come into the race with the history of others," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday. "It is not about race."

But Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, acknowledged on "Good Morning America" Friday that the candidate was referring, at least in part, to his ethnic background.

When pressed to explain the comment, Axelrod told "GMA" it meant, "He's not from central casting when it comes to candidates for president of the United States. He's new to Washington. Yes, he's African-American."

That seemingly obvious reference sparked the first real fireworks between the two camps as backers of both candidates accused the other of trying to subtly inject race into the presidential contest.

Posted by: Its about RACE stupid | August 1, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

ATTN: Jake "D"

Please be a man, and post your real name to your racist rants.

Ooops I forgot, the KLAN always hid behind a mask.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

If a Martian landed on Earth and asked for directions to the nearest

racist, would you point the Martian to a group of Conservatives or Liberals?

We all know the answer to that question, don't we.

Posted by: Robert Blanchard North Smithfield RI | August 1, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The Truth:

I am retired -- so I have plenty of time to waste here and golfing -- are you related to "Truthteller" who claimed yesterday that Alexander Hamiliton was half-black?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama is hoist by his own petard. During the primaries, his campaign and surrogates (Clyburn etc) all but crucified the Clintons over race. It was a tactic they planned to use with great effect with McCain.

The McCain campaign is brilliant to have avoided the same fate. They even caught the Obama campaign in an out-and-out, very public lie. It's excellent to watch the Obama weasels backpedal furiously!

Bully for McCain!


Posted by: leo | August 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama can be red, white, green or purple... he's got my vote and the majority of the intelligent americans. He has more substance, brains, honor and guts than that senile old goat will ever have. Desperate man using desperate measures to distract people from the real issues, not this time you Repuglican hate mongering idiots.

Posted by: Ryan | August 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Robert Blanchard North Smithfield RI:

During the Cold War, conservatives supported South Korea, West Germany, South Vietnam, Poland, and Afghanistan. Liberals, like John Kerry, wanted to appease the Soviet Union. Happens to both sides, unfortunately.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad McCain is calling him on this. Obama has been playing this game too long to the point where the word has lost its meaning. Meanwhile, Obama is the one who sat in a church for 20 years that spewed hatred. Where's the "Unity" candidate?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I still do not get it. As a dumb white guy in his 60's, our country is hurting from these last 7+ years. The economy is crap, the 401(k) are going middle east, the energy system we used to use is antiquated, our health system has tanked, the environment is going to eradicate ours and many other species, jobs will be looking for scraps in the garbage cans, etc.

And we are worried about this news article as front page news because?

Posted by: jerry rubin | August 1, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutely clear to me that Obama has gained
even more skilled at manipulation than when he ran against Senator Clinton. In Senator Clinton's case, since they were
both competing for the same voters in the Democrat and
Democrat leaning independent voters, she backed off when
he threw out the race card.
I am convinced he knows EXACTLY HOW TO DO THIS.
I've seen in done in more than one situation, where an
African-American or other racial or ethnic groups, say:
"Are you saying that because of racial reasons?" when
there is no direct evidence of what Obama claimed: that the
"they" he suggested were trying to make American voters
"afraid of me because I'm not like all those other Presidents
on our currency ..." were the McCain people. Or, perhaps
even Senator McCain.
I've asked Senator McCain to confront this b.s. Ask
directly, of Obama: are you accusing me of suggesting
people should be afraid of you because of your race?
Are you suggesting I am suggesting that the differences
about who has been on currency prior to this campaign
are racial differences?
Or, are you suggesting that my campaign is doing that?
In fact, what the heck ARE you suggesting? Tell me:
what is it that you are suggesting is being said about you?
That you are grossly inexperienced? That you are a
manipulator of the first order? That I have used your
middle name, which clearly isn't a typical Irish name.
Are you embarrassed by your middle name? Cause I
don't care what your middle name is?
Are you trying to throw up smoke screens to cover your
failure to pass any legislation since you came to the U.S.
Senate? That you've never held hearings for your committee
but rather, have campaigned solidly for the last year of
your Senate career, when, instead, you could have done
some committee work?
I want McCain to stop him dead in his tracks. And no,
I hope they DO NOT like each other, because Obama is
the far more subtle, but pernicious foe here. I LIKE McCain's
suggestions that Obama is popular because he's popular.
He and his generation are FULL OF celebritology character-
istics. They are consumed by celebritology! And we need
to see Obama accept a debate from McCain.
Senator McCain received a contact from me on this
line, in this vein. The Clinton's backed off. I don't want
Senator McCain to back off at all. In my business dealings,
I've thrown down this gauntlet, when these accusations
were made ... and assisted managers in demanding that
the specifics of the case be cited, rather than innuendo.
Obama is the biggest phony to come onto the American
political landscape in decades.
I hope McCain kicks his behind with straight up, straight
talk demands: put up or shut up, Barack!!!

Posted by: Zenhead | August 1, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Robert Blanchard North Smithfield RI

*******

and that is why LBJ had to force down the civil rights act down the throat of a Democrat-led Congress because all the Souther Democrats were against the Civil Rights Act.

Wait, pointing that out is RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH MY GAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Racist Obama and his Wu-Tang Clan | August 1, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Umm:

Perhaps if YOUR GUY had agreed with Senators McCain and Clinton to take $0.184 cents off every gallon of gasoline you purchased this summer, that would have helped some?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 4:10 PM
********

Umm. . . maybe after Barak taxes to death all American companies that actually make money in this country and they all move abroad you will have even more ample time to post of blogs . . .if you actually have a job where you can parasite all day and check up on the WaPo all day.

Posted by: The Truth | August 1, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it. Most conservatives are bigots.

In the revolutionary war, conservatives supported the British

In the civil war, conservatives supported the South

In WWII conservatives wanted the US to appease Hitler.

During the Civil rights movement conservatives wanted White Power Only.

Conservatives: ALWAYS on the WRONG SIDE of History.

Posted by: Robert Blanchard North Smithfield RI | August 1, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Hi,

I'm Barack Obama, and I want your vote because I'm an oreo and my opponent is a cracka, and we all know an oreo tastes better than a ritz cracka.

But dont tell that cracka opponent of mine I said this, because then he'll say I'm being racist.

I might not look like anyone on a US treasury bill, and they might try to scare you with my funny name, but dammit, everyone who doesnt vote for me is a xenophobic-nazi.

Thank you and God Bless.

Posted by: Barak Obama | August 1, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

JoeT:

Because this was the first time Obama tied McCain directly to the false charge. As I said, yesterday, I'm glad McCain hit back.

Umm:

Perhaps if YOUR GUY had agreed with Senators McCain and Clinton to take $0.184 cents off every gallon of gasoline you purchased this summer, that would have helped some?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

There are plenty of real negatives in Barack Obama's background that do not require the use of rumor and innuendo. Pointing out these weaknesses is not a "low road strategy", nor is it racism.

Posted by: C.Nelson | August 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I think that it's a great day in American when an intelligent, educated, articulate guy like Obama can proudly declare that he is black while running for the highest office in the nation! I am with you Mr. Obama...Say it Loud, You're Black and You're Proud!! Anyone racist biggot that has a problem with it can pack up their bags and ship on out of America....because the rest of us white folks are proud to have the opportunity to have such a fine African American with such brillance and intellect govern our country. The Apalachians doesnt speak for all the white folks in America!

Posted by: White Man for Obama | August 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I see what you were getting at JakeD, the "white guilt" argument. How very cynical of you. I've never really understood the notion of using "white guilt" as a political tool. I wonder why Jesse Jackson didn't do it; he could have won the nomination back then.

But like I've said, all these kinds of 'race statements' are pointless regardless of who says it.

"Why can Obama do this and McCain can't do that...blah blah blah".

How is all this gonna help me put food on the table and spend less money driving to work?

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse


Loyal Democrat (until this year):
"He swept through the primaries using nothing more than empty rhetoric and racial identiy politics. "

Actually Obama doesn't deserve his position. His "wright baggage" didn't hit the news until after the first 11 primaries, otherwise Clinton would have won. After the first 11 it was nip and tuck in the primary voting.

Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

let's all calm down. of course Obama's statement was about race, he made the same statement more than a month ago, and similar ones before that, and explicitly mentioned his race. the real question is why McCain's camp didn't get all high and mighty then. could it be that they hadn't hired the Rove folks til a couple days ago, and they decided they could float this silly reverse race card charge? of course Obama's folks now have to conceed that they don't have any actual footage of McCain doing what Obama said. Obama should have been a bit more careful and said that McCain is content to have others do it for him and pretend he doesn't subscribe to it. but make no mistake, Obama is correct, and it's not playing the race card to point out that we should be on the lookout for those who want to paint him as the scary black guy who might really secretly subscribe to the scary black separatist anti american black liberation theology and is married to the black panther america hating wife, and why exactly does he hang around with Ludicris. just watch Hannity and you will see it in living color, so to speak. but I do have to conceed that the McCain folks might not have meant the Spears ad to invoke the white girls bogeyman. maybe.

Posted by: JoeT | August 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"Why is it ok for Obama to point out that he's black, but it's not ok for McCain to point out that Obama is black? Seems like a double standard to me.

Posted by: PatrickG | August 1, 2008 3:42 PM"

It's a shame how the media is covering this. Look, if you watch the video the audience is 98% white, rural, conservative and everyone laughed at that line. If Obama says he's black it doesn't mean that he's saying that McCain says it's a bad thing. It's just a fact. At the same time, of course it's OK for McCain to say that Obama is black. He's said so in the past in the context of it being great that there is a black man running for president. It's the context and intention of the comments that matter and the exact thing the media is not paying attention to. In print Obama's statements sound kind of crude but if you watch the video--like I said--all those white people were laughing along with him.

Posted by: phi | August 1, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Evidence of McCain racism:
The ad false accusing Obama of skipping visiting troops to workout instead: the clip they show is him playing basketball with the troops. MSM mocked the ad saying the McCain camp got it wrong; it showed him with the troops. But he is PLAYING BASKETBALL. That was purposely done. Remember the movie Airplane where Robert Hays character is showing native Africans how to play basketball? It's of the same ilk. The McCain camp knew EXACTLY what footage to put in that ad. Remember there was a picture of Obama working out at the hotel that day. They did not use it.
McCain first played the race card.

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | August 1, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

jpd....seems to me that you're still t'ed over Hillary loosing the primary...just a thought.

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse


JakeD:

You can find the big dog by looking for what the little dogs are barking at. :)


Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Nah Nope, I think that it would be pretty tough to take 5 years of the kind of torture and abuse that was handed to John McCain by his Vietnamese captors and not feel some ill will toward them. And in reference to the "G-word", unless I'm mistaken, it was a word reserved solely for his captors and not the people of Vietnam altogether. Does that make it right? Probably not, but I can certainly understand the sentiment.

Posted by: PatrickG | August 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The most obvious thing about Senator Obama is his gigantic arrogance. He swept through the primaries using nothing more than empty rhetoric and racial identiy politics. The man has no real experience or qualifications and is out of touch with ordinary Americans. Now, he is attempting a subtle ploy to paint Senator McCain as a racist. Shame on you Senator Obama. We don't want this kind of politics.

Posted by: Loyal Democrat (until this year) | August 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The Obama/Axelrod marketing campaign have been playing this race card since the beginning of the primary season. Read this article which details their tactics:

http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=aa0cd21b-0ff2-4329-88a1-69c6c268b304

Posted by: jpd | August 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Patrick "....why it's not okay that McCain call Obama black?"

Because why is it okay that McCain can call himself and "old goat with a slowly disabling mental state" but Obama would get in trouble if he called McCain those same names. See the logic? LMAO

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

So PatricG, the majority of people in the WHOLE WORLD are wrong that things aren't bad in Iraq? Thing's aren't as bad as we believe huh? 50K+ civilians and 4000+ American soldiers dead isn't so bad? Millions of Iraqi refuges not so bad? Billions of dollars spent monthly with trillion dollar deficits aren't so bad huh? Unnecessary war is just fine with you?

What planet are you from?

So since nothing is as it seems and you apparently have more insight into these things than us regular Americas, please tell us how it REALLY is.

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a racist. Here's the proof:

http://nahnopenotquite.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/proof-mccain-is-a-racist/

The big question is why isn't the media - including the Washington Post - making an issue out of this? He routinely used the "g-word" to describe his Vietnamese captors. Forgivable? Read the post. It's not. He's a racist.

But even if you think it isn't racist, it is certainly relevant to the current debate. Where is the journalistic integrity? Do they parse this story so carefully that it only counts if McCain is a bigot against blacks?

Why does the media protect John McCain?

Posted by: Nah Nope | August 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

A few hours ago John McCain, the same man who just months ago promised to run a "respectful campaign," said he is "proud" of his latest attack ad.

That's the one attacking your enthusiasm, comparing me to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, and making false claims about my energy plan.

Now, we're facing some serious challenges in this country -- our economy is struggling, energy costs are skyrocketing, and families don't have health care.

Given the seriousness of these issues, you'd think we'd be having a serious debate. But instead, John McCain is running an expensive, negative campaign against us. Each day brings a desperate new set of attacks.

And they're not just attacking me. They're attacking you.

They're mocking the desire of millions of Americans to step up and take ownership of the political process.

They're trying to convince you that your enthusiasm won't amount to anything -- that the people you persuade, the phone calls you make, the donations you give, the doors you knock on are all an illusion. They believe that in this election the same old smears and negative attacks will prevail again.

They're wrong.


Thank you,

Barack

Posted by: Ward 6 For Now | August 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain started the dollar bill references with an official ad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPARec32KMI

Posted by: Fester | August 1, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Umm:

We will have to agree to disagree then. I don't know what else I could say to convince you Obama was doing exactly that -- trying to get the "sympathy" white vote by falsely claiming McCain was using race his against him -- luckily, for Obama, dualing was outlawed long ago.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Why is it ok for Obama to point out that he's black, but it's not ok for McCain to point out that Obama is black? Seems like a double standard to me.

Posted by: PatrickG | August 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

If someone calls ME a racist, my sense of grievance would be deep and palpable too. That does not necessarily translate to "whining". Nice try, though ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Question: Why is it ok for Obama to play the race card, but it's not ok for McCain to call him on it when he does? Why is it ok for Obama to act all offended when he thinks he's been attacked by McCain, but it's not ok for McCain to do the same when Obama attacks him?

Why was it ok for the media to focus 80% of the political news stories on glorifying Obama when there is actually a law that is supposed to insure fair and equal coverage?

Posted by: PatrickG | August 1, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Steve R.:

Please (re)read the FOUR CLEAR THINGS in the article, above, and let me know what you think is "whining" in pointing out the truth.
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Second, the sense of grievance over this issue within McCain's high command is deep and palpable
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Allow me to paraphrase it for you:

"Wahhh!!! Obama's getting all the press!"

"Wahhh!!! Obama gets to speak in front of hundreds of thousands of people while I have to ride in a golf cart with a guy who's older than me, but somehow looks younger!"

"Wahhh!!! Obama's making fun of how ridiculous my ad is!"

"Wahhh!!! Obama's calling me a racist! Just like he did to Hillary! Wahhh! I want my ba-ba!"

Hope that clears things up for you.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Like I said JakeD, based on what I've read the definition of 'playing the race card' is, I don't think that's what he did.

Did he make the statement to confuse his audience or stoke racial fears? AKA, 'play the race card'? I personally do not think that's what happened.

Most people in America aren't comfortable talking about the racial prejudices so anyone who mentions it is said to have "played the race card", and that is just a shield immediately used to discredit anyone that apparently has the audacity to say hey "there are some prejudices going on here".

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Um - yep. That's exactly what I mean. The problem here is that people can't seem to look past the ends of their noses and look at the long term bigger picture. If you can do that, you'll see that what's going on in the Middle East is not as horrible as most American sheeple are being led to believe.

As for Rummy - he was let go because at that point the ignorant Americans needed a head to roll, and Rumsfeld became the sacrifical lamb - do you really think Rumsfeld cared? He certainly didn't need the salary he was making so by letting him go, they basically allowed him to retire.

NOTHING is as it seems and people need to wake the heck up and realize that there is always an ulterior motive to every news story, (not matter which agency it's from) and it has been spun dizzy before it's ever released to the public.

Posted by: PatricG | August 1, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Oops! Sorry, I missed the ":" past the "!" Never mind.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Now you've got a "fake Billw" too? Congrats!

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain IS racist!:

I prefer not to get into detail on the racist bit.

Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I will not vote for anyone who cannot be criticized.
Just because Mccain put him in an add with Britney and Paris well -so what He was trying to say that Obama is nothing but a Rock star (Which I think is true)But then Obama who was insulted brings up Race...Why would anyone vote for a jerk like that.

Posted by: mimi362 | August 1, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Which is WHY the Obama campaign is backpeddling and saying "no, it was referring to race" in the first place ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Umm:

Since you and I both agree he was referring to his race, then I would think you would also agree that Obama accusing McCain of campaigning against him based on his race -- i.e. trying to "scare folks" into not voting for him -- is, in every sense of the phrase, playing the race card. Please let me know what I am missing.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

This so dumb, but McCain had the first face on the dollar bill reference. Check it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPARec32KMI

Posted by: WTF | August 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse


jahlen:

The obvious point in the ad is that just because you have prime celebrity status doesn't mean you're the poster boy for propriety and correctness.

Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

PatrickG, do yo mean like the time and experience Cheney and Rumsfeld had when they started the unnecessary war in Iraq?

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Well JakeD, I was helping you to understand the seemingly inconsistent statement. I hope you now do.

To answer your other question directly, when I saw and heard the speech I did think he was referring to race. When his campaign said it wasn't so, I didn't believe them. Apparently they backpedaled and said he did mean his race.

But my point is, so what? So he referred to his race. And? What? Is that a race card play for the bottom of the deck? I do not think it is based on the definitions of 'playing the race card'.

America has never elected a non-white non-christian non-male. And racial scare tactics have been used and are being used in innuendo in politics and in business.

I personally didn't think Obama was implying that McCain is racist as the McCain camp is saying. And I certainly don't think either man is a racist.

Based on pure policy I won't vote for McCain. To me the racial debate is a distraction.

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Billw.....spin it anyway you'd like to but it's called hypocrisy. Just like you happen to be in the military and don't take McCain's statement to an affirmative Action question

"The best equal opportunity employer in America is the United States military,"

I happen to be black and can relate to what Mr. Barak Obama said and I don't take his statment that he doesn't look like the rest of Presidents on the dollar bill to be a true and factual statement and not a racist one!

Spin it anyway you want to...but you are a hypocrite, cut and dry....That's the republican way...spin and spin until you spin the American people into a fearful freenzy...

Posted by: McCain IS racist! | August 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

It would appear that McCain's campaign has stopped the momentum of the Obama campaign and things are starting to shift the other way in favor of John McCain.

Something that it would appear many of you don't understand is that there is a world of difference between what these men say as part of the campaign, and who they really are. Right now they are BOTH saying what they believe will help them to receive votes in November - it's the same old politics being practiced by both of them.

For you Obama supporters who think that Obama is doing things differently, you really need to wake up and smell the coffee. You also need to look at his relative lack of experience compared to John McCain - it takes a lot more than speaking eloquently and looking good to be an effective leader - when the chips are down, I want someone in the office who is going to make a solid decision based on the information available, using their time and experience as a guide.

John McCain may not look the best, he may not be as smooth of a talker, and he might not tell the voters all they want to hear, but at the end of the day, I truly believe he will be the best man to have at the helm.

Posted by: PatrickG | August 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

So, the economy is tanking, unemployment is shooting up, home prices are plummeting and foreclosures are at an all time high, and what is McCain talking about? An imaginary race-card and a comparison of Obama to Britney Spears. Incredible. Even more incredible, over 40% of the voters are buying this crap. If H.L. Mencken were alive he would be laughing; the Boobus Americanus is still going strong.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | August 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans do not need to overtly play the race card. Given that it was played years ago with Nixon's "southern strategy", it's already well established that they are the party whose message is more likely to appeal to that segment of the white population for which race is definitely an issue.

Occassionally, the Republican constituency needs a reminder, hence the anti Harold Ford ads. They were run not only for the benefit of that statewide race, but also for the rest of the country.

By juxtaposing Obama's image with two blonde white women, McCain's handlers were quite obviously reminding voters of "call me" girlie from the Ford ads. To claim otherwise is ridiculous. Please remember that no message in a political ad happens by mistake.

McCain, having virtually nothing new to propose is falling back on the Rovian method of destroying your opponent's strong points with distortions, especially when those strong points make the opposing candidate look weak. That's what happened with Kerry and his war record, which compared quite well againt W's "service" to his country. Now it's happening with Obama and the fact that he has the ability to inspire people from the bully pulpit. McCain is about as inspirational as a tepid glass of water, primarily because he has accomplished so little in the 40 years since his "heroism".

Posted by: jahlen | August 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse


I don't usually respond to "no-names", but I will here.

"Well WE see it "I don't look like all of the Presidents on the dollar bill" as a TRUE statment, not a racist statment. But this is how WE see it...."

Of COURSE it would be a true statement.
That's not the point, this is:
Obama brought up the race issue by saying McCain would bring it up and even predicted what McCain or his team would say.

Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

MC:

I saw THAT on the Colbert Report. You are not going to claim HE is a secret Republican, are you?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Billw.......that's a good point....this is how YOU see it..

Well WE see it "I don't look like all of the Presidents on the dollar bill" as a TRUE statment, not a racist statment. But this is how WE see it....

You've got to be a Republican...because you reak with hypocrisy....LMAO

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Umm:

That didn't answer my question about Obama's specific reference to race.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse


Awwww Hush!!:
"When McCain added, "The best equal opportunity employer in America is the United States military," the audience started to laugh, visibly uncomfortable with the idea that blacks would have to enlist in order to receive equal treatment.
This quote by McGoo, my friend is a racist statement..."

I see nothing whatsoever racist about that statement. He was just stating what is likely the truth as I see it (I was in the military). In what way do you see his statement as racist?


Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

JakeD again! Well I've seen your comments all over these forums and I never agree with any of them.

According to wikipedia "Playing the race card is an idiomatic phrase referring to an allegation raised against a person who has brought the issue of race or racism into a debate, perhaps to obfuscate the matter."

My point is JakeD, this is American politics. The so-called race card is always played. Saying "playing the race card" carries a negative connotation, but my point is that referring to race doesn't have to be taken negatively. Obama refers to the race issue directly like so many non-white Americans are very comfortable doing. White America on the other hand typically use innuendo because they are generally uncomfortable talking about racial issues for obvious historical reasons. Racial innuendo has always been used as a scare tactic in American politics.

So rhetorically, "what does it mean to play the race card"? Is it played with its an obvious reference to race? Is it played in innuendo?

Also according to wikipedia "In the second context, it refers to someone exploiting prejudice against another race for political or some other advantage."

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Today's "Daily Show" provides a variety of clips where McCain is allowed to make grand promises, ie "win" the war, eliminate the budget deficit, turn the economy around, capture Bin Laden, without being questioned on how he'll perform these miracles. Clearly the MSM is giving ol John a pass while grilling Obama. The claim that they are treating Obama like a celeb is bogus. They are even mouthing the Republican talking points on cue. Isn't it a shame that voters need to get their fair and balanced from Comedy Central, since those other guys are con shills.

Posted by: Javalation | August 1, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Truth be told, the republican attack dogs have been at it for months sending millions of emails. Maybe you didn't get one of these emails, so you don't about Obama's "radical black agenda" for the country.

Problem with McCain and Rovian politics is that they set up a trap for the opponent to play by one set of rules, while they play a different dirty game. Obama is linked and made responsible for everything his supporters say. McCain's supporter spew lies and yet McCain looks the other way as he claims to know nothing.[Excatly who is behind the Obama a closet Muslim email? - I doubt it's some frustrated democrat.] Before that it was reverend Wright and the black church. Yet McCain is able to cozy up to some pretty hateful white preachers with no effect.

The repubs and McCain will lie and say anything to get their candidate elected, and a good portion of the electorate can't pay attention long enough to recognize the lies have truths and distortions.

One more time...what percent of Americans still think Iraq participated in the 9/11 attacks. The republican machine is just gearing up. They'll steal this election too.

Posted by: MC | August 1, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Awww Hush!:

If McCain has simply stated "The best employer in America is the United States military" would that be "racist" in your opinion?

Enough:

Luckily, for Davis and McCain, current polling shows that you are outnumbered.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Billw.....here's a fact from an Obama Supporter...address real issues and quit whining...

When McCain added, "The best equal opportunity employer in America is the United States military," the audience started to laugh, visibly uncomfortable with the idea that blacks would have to enlist in order to receive equal treatment.

This quote by McGoo, my friend is a racist statement...why the he$$ isn't the news folks out there doing their jobs and reporting this racist statement!!! I have had it...unfair and bias news reporting!!!

Posted by: Awwww Hush!! | August 1, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Rick Davis and John McCain - you just resolved my voting dilemma. I've been torn on which candidate to vote for, but no more. The nasty turn McCain has taken has totally turned me off - I have stopped listening to him. He apparently doesn't want to discuss actual issues, so he has nothing to offer - I just ignore him. Whew, thanks for making my decision an easy one. McCain is a lying, intellectually lazy grouch with no vision.

Posted by: Enough | August 1, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Why are our politics so depraved that we end up talking about Paris Hilton and who played the race card first? This is not going to address our budget deficit, our devaluing currency, energy problems, climate change, or foreign affairs. These political arguments should be ridiculed and shunned for the stupidity they represent. Why must we constantly resort to addressing these idiotic nonissues? When we opine on this BS we are just as bad as these hacks who call themselves political journalists. Is my country really this dumb? Is the Fourth Estate really this brain dead?

Posted by: WTF | August 1, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse


OBAMA SUPPORTER RECORD HERE

5 out of 7 name-call without offering factual support for their view. Typical for Obama supporters.

From the last 7 anti-McCain posters:

McCain's a racist, old, babbling idiot! + angry, miserable decrepit old fart

McCain's Campaign = Pig's slop! + the pathetic old goat

McCain continues to be the Murderer dressed up as the Victim.

Does McCain know what "Honor" means!? I think not.

John McCain is an old, angry man, bordering senility,

Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

When McCain added, "The best equal opportunity employer in America is the United States military," the audience started to laugh, visibly uncomfortable with the idea that blacks would have to enlist in order to receive equal treatment.

This quote by McGoo, my friend is a racist statement...why the he$$ isn't the news folks out there doing their jobs and reporting this racist statement!!! I have had it...unfair and bias news reporting!!!

Posted by: Racist McGoo & his crew! | August 1, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

All the dogs aren't out yet!


http://www.ronpaulwarroom.com/?p=4061

McCain's all mobbed up- how 'bout them apples.

Will the mainstream media do its due diligence and investigate this?

This is a HUGE scandal. HUGE.

Could it be that the media is owned by Jewish people who are very well connected to the criminal syndicates?

(By the way, I know you have my IP address, please don't blow me up- I don't want to end up like Don Bolles. Thanks in advance,)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Ronda - Obama most certainly is a racist. 20 years in Wright's church proves that. And, large numbers of Obama supporters are even more racist and misogynistic. Do you understand THAT one, sweetie?

Posted by: mark | August 1, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The John McCain campaign may not know it but they are being "rope a doped" on this issue. Barack Obama made virtually the same statement except that he actually said, "by the way do you know he is black" when he was listing the items that his opponents would try to scare voters with.

He caught a minor amount of flak for it but Obama consultants must believe it is a net plus because now they have chosen to have him repeat almost the same statement.

This time the McCain campaign responded so it created a flap on a non-policy issue that allows Obama to stay of issues and to remain vague on specifics.

Despite better fundraising and poll numbers for McCain, this is still Obama's race to lose. The McCain campaign does not help its cause when they take the bait on non-policy matters and allow the Obama campaign to remain vague on issues.

McCain's only chance is to keep it on the issues and force Obama to say in public how he actually feels on policy issues in hopes that he will reveal himself to be the lightweight that many feel he is.

McCain will lose as long as the campaign is about Reverend Wright, Michelle Obama, what Jesse Jackson said into the mike, Ludacris, why Obama did not visit the troops, and who played the race card.

Posted by: danielhancock | August 1, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Actually if you look at the web ad where McCain claimed Obama wanted his face on the dollar bill, it is clear McCain brought it up. This is a man that voted against MLK day and it took him till 2008 to admit it was a mistake.

Posted by: Julian | August 1, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey fools....

Obama doesn't "look like all of the other presidents on the dollar bill". Your point???!!! He is different. He is a black man. Hmmmm imagine that....a black man's face on the dollar bill. I guess at that point the USA will stop printing money. We'll all have to use debit cards at that point...who would like to wage a little bet on this one? I got $2.00. That's all Rethugs left me with after they have rob me for the last 8 years. ROTFLMAO!!

Posted by: Say it ain't so.... | August 1, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse


Obama brought up the race issue by saying McCain would bring it up and even predicted what McCain or his team would say.

ABC says democrats concede that Obama played the race card:
Sen. Barack Obama's chief strategist conceded that the Democratic presidential candidate was referring to his race when he said Republicans were trying to scare voters by suggesting Obama "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills." The comment had triggered a charge Thursday from Sen. John McCain's campaign manager that Obama had "played the race card... from the bottom of the deck."

http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/Politics/comments?type=story&id=5495348

Posted by: Billw | August 1, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain continues to be the Murderer dressed up as the Victim.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain's a racist, old, babbling idiot! Top that off with an angry, miserable decrepit old fart that still likes to sleep with young 20 year old, blond, blue eyed bimbos...that's why he has such a fixation with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears! What a looser! He has just threw the fear factor into the race scaring those decent white folks with a black candidate! I guess the neocons will raise the terrorist levels to red today...Be fearful my great white nation.....be fearful of the change that the black candidate is trying to bring to this great nation! Be fearful! Thereis now an orange alert!

Posted by: Fearful in the USA | August 1, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain know what "Honor" means!?

I think not.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Umm (and Ronda):

Do you, at least, agree that Obama's comment about "not looking like other Presidents on dollar bills" referred to his race? You don't know what "playing the race card" means, but then you say it was "appropriately" played? Help me understand that seemingly inconsistent statement.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain's Campaign = Pig's slop! Yuck! What a Pitiful bunch of Republicans. The most pathetic of all is how the Neocons are using such an empty suit like McCain whom the Neocons knew had no morals and would sell his soul to the devil him,herself to be the President of the U.S.A. would take their bait. So they use the pathetic old goat to push their agenda. I must admit, they cleverly put the dumbest and most useless piece of crap in the forefront. I guess that's the rethugs way of getting McCain back for 2000. Wow, payback's a real itch!

Posted by: Lucy | August 1, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The I.Q of Obama supporters.

Wow, this is what I am talking about. A guilty mule always flinch.

I never said anything personally towards you. An yet, you are questioning my I.Q.

Wow, what a way to play. Negative. Just like the rest of them.

If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all. Please.
Have a wonderful day! (smile)

Posted by: Ronda | August 1, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

What exactly does it mean to "play the race card"? Two things always motive people in American politics: Fear and Hope. For the past decade republicans have always used fear to motivate Americans. And because no one wants to be labeled a bigot they always use innuendo. I'm African-American and I support Obama but when I heard him give the speech about the dollar bill I cringed because I knew Republicans and the media would jump all over that. Even though he is telling the truth, things like that just cannot be said in American politics. IMHO, America is not ready for a black president because America is not ready for a race debate. We all just want to pretend like there isn't a portion of the population that's disproportionately under-served and we want to pretend like prejudice no longer exists. Being black, I can relate to Obama's statement. If the so-called 'race card' is appropriately played, why is that an issue? When I heard the speech I certainly didn't say 'McCain is racist' and I don't think that's what Obama was trying to imply either. Politics is BS!

Posted by: Umm | August 1, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

No, I am not saying that just because he was raised my his white mother and grandmother, he could not possibly be racist. I just know that so far in this campaign, I have been watching how he responds to race and other issues. He never singles on race out in any of his statements. I do not believe he is racist. He is not out there just talking to or for the African American community. Obama is talking about everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity. That is the point I am trying to make.

Look at his record in the senate, his votes, as a community organizer, and his experience throught this election. Then look at the long history of McCain, his votes, and what has he done in the senate. That's the issue. That's what you look at.

Posted by: Ronda | August 1, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I am a 50 year old ex USAF pilot who used to hold McCain in high regard. Now I see him as a petty, angry has been, who would do and say anything to become President. McCain has forsaken virtually everything he used to believe in, in order to get the Republican nomination, and now he seems upset that people are losing respect for him. I know it must be hard on him to realize this is his last chance at the Presidency and he seems to be losing to this youngster. Hillary had to swallow real hard herself when she realized Obama was going to take her rightful place at the throne, but that is the tough part about a democracy. What neither Clinton or McCain should have done (or should do in McCain's case) is to show their venom by using negative attacks on Obama.

Anyone can feel that their candidate is better than Obama, but the ends do not justify the means when running a negative campaign. Constantly subtle (and often incorrect) reminders to the voters that Obama isn't white, that he is a muslim, that his pastor says some wild stuff which by inference must be what Obama himself believes, or that Obama isn't a true patriot, may get you some votes but it also divides the nation. We need to move away from the politics of fear and division if we are going to deal with the very real economic, infrastructure, education, terrorism, etc.

Some people say that Obama doesn't have a real plan for saving America. I would say that nobody has a viable plan for saving America, but the only way it can possible happen is if we get all Americans working together to rebuild the institutions that we have allowed to be taken over by special interests and corporations. THe only way we are going to get the special interests out is to bring everyone together, kind of like what happened in WW2, to work together on rebuilding America. McCain seems to believe that he can use the same dirty tricks that Bush used on him, to win the election, and then say I didn't really mean all those horrible things I said and did, now let's all just be one big happy family again.

Posted by: captbilly | August 1, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Steve R.:

Please (re)read the FOUR CLEAR THINGS in the article, above, and let me know what you think is "whining" in pointing out the truth.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is an old, angry man, bordering senility, and ready to say anything to get to the White House. His recent vicious attacks against Obama, his frequent memory gaps, his stories not supported by facts, and his 180 degree shift on too many issues are just few of the supporting evidences.

And similar to Bush, McCain is now cashing big bucks with the petrole companies which are financing his campaign in exchange of more drilling opportunities in the future and lower taxes on their record profits.

Posted by: Logan-6 | August 1, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Just wow.

So McCain runs (yet another) ridiculous ad, gets called on the ridiculousness of the ad, and now he wants to whine about it because Obama made a few jokes at his expense? Seriously?

I would never vote for McCain, but I honestly thought the guy was tougher than that. How sad to see a grown man (who never should have gotten his party's nomination, by the way) act like a giant crying baby.

Posted by: Steve R. | August 1, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Let me understand, Mr. Balz-- Sen. Obama's failing is that he is "dismayed over what he regards as continuous attacks from McCain"? Really its his fault that he is being attacked?

Posted by: Greg | August 1, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain told an Urban League audience that he supports available and affordable health care, but will oppose government-run medical programs with every fiber of his being. I wonder what he is planning for Medicare. . .

Posted by: phpenn | August 1, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Ronda:

Are you suggesting that there are no "racists" raised by white mothers (and/or grandparents)?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"People who say that Obama is a racist are being ridiculous! "

the IQ of obama believers.

Zip!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

It was on the huge thread, below, posted by Former Obama Worker -- July 31, 2008 4:01 PM

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

People who say that Obama is a racist are being ridiculous! This man is black and white. He was raised by his WHITE mother, and grandparents. If anyone can relate to both sides, it would be Obama. My goodness, is all you see is the black side. That's just sad.

OBAMA was raised by His White mother, and grand parents. Stop being silly.

And if anyone claims that race is not a factor in this election, regardless of party. You are not being honest!
There are so many hateful things that are being said behind closed doors, on the internet everyday. But no one admits it.
This is the problem. People are not being honest.

GET REAL AMERICA!!!

Posted by: Ronda | August 1, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

VoteMcGooHe's72:

Funny, but someone posted the same exact thing yesterday on another thread claiming to have worked for the Obama campaign. One (or both) of you is lying.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

What else is new?

The Obscure Candidate, who pretends to walk over the waters, is trying his dirty tricks again! Nobody will buy them this time!

Posted by: Caronte | August 1, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I think it would be best if NEITHER candidate is labeled "racist" for now ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I used to work for the John McCain campaign. The McCain campaign pays lots of people to cruise these pages and post positive comments about McCain but mostly they are paid to spread false, negative rumors about Obama.

McCain's campaign would pay us bonuses if we could get some particularly outlandish lie to gain some traction. So we would cut and paste the crap you see on these sites on lots of different sites under different names.

I finally got disgusted by all this negative campaigning and quit.

But mostly I quit because I met John McCain one time. McCain is just this pathetic Mr. McGoo type character. This guy McCain is just a washed up geriatric fellow who, if he were in a nursing home somewhere, would fit right in. To think that McCain is actually a candidate for the President of my country is really, really disturbing. Worse yet, McCain has now surrounded himself with these rove-animals that script his every thought - or would - if he were able to carry a thought in a bucket - which he can't. Right now the team the GOP is running is McCain-Rove. What a disaster for America!

Posted by: VoteMcGooHe's72 | August 1, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a racist.
he played the race card against the Clintons and everyone who doesn't bow down to him

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN, PLAYING THE DISABILITY CARD HIS WHOLE CAREER.

Mccain has been playing the disability card for his entire career. No one dares tell the truth about him or challenge the war hero or say anything bad or he will tell you,
" MY ARMS HURT, MY ARMS HURT, I WAS A P.O.W., I AM A HERO ASK ANYBODY".
He gets away with murder, why, Hell, "HE IS DISABLED".
At one of his town hall meetings he even paraded around a half blind demented "Real" war hero with all his medals on exploiting him. He has been hiding behind his disability for so long I was actually glad in 2000 when Bush went after him. Enough is enough he had been living off this hero BS with no political substance what so ever long enough. Much of his past can not even be substantiated. He can not account for most of his medals, ask him. They were just handed to him because of who his father was. It has long been just assumed his military records have been altered and faked by his father. It's nice when your father is an Admiral. Two other men in his camp who collaborated with the enemy were threatened with execution as traders for doing the exact same thing Mccain himself admits doing in his book, except Mccain did it "30" times. But like I said, when your father is an Admiral your past can be what ever you say it is and after a while you even begin to believe it.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Hillary Diane Clinton once "view Obama as a pretender, who talks about change but has not been willing to cross his party or any important constituencies as a senator"?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

In the meantime, McCain is gaining in the polls -- I wonder what will happen when he starts leading Obama for a while -- I can't wait for the Saddleback CIVIL Forum ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

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