Saturday, August 02, 2008

Bob Herbert steps up to expose McCain's disgraceful campaign

By Creature

While the majority of the media is feigning disbelief that people are hearing a very clear dog-whistle embeded deep within the McCain Britney/Paris ad some are brave enough to speak the truth. Here is Bob Herbert from today's NYT telling it like it is on race and on the rest of John McCain's lowdown and dirty campaign.

Gee, I wonder why, if you have a black man running for high public office — say, Barack Obama or Harold Ford — the opposition feels compelled to run low-life political ads featuring tacky, sexually provocative white women who have no connection whatsoever to the black male candidates. [...]

Now, from the hapless but increasingly venomous McCain campaign, comes the slimy Britney Spears and Paris Hilton ad. The two highly sexualized women (both notorious for displaying themselves to the paparazzi while not wearing underwear) are shown briefly and incongruously at the beginning of a commercial critical of Mr. Obama.

The Republican National Committee targeted Harold Ford with a similarly disgusting ad in 2006 when Mr. Ford, then a congressman, was running a strong race for a U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee. The ad, which the committee described as a parody, showed a scantily clad woman whispering, “Harold, call me.”

Both ads were foul, poisonous and emanated from the upper reaches of the Republican Party. (What a surprise.) Both were designed to exploit the hostility, anxiety and resentment of the many white Americans who are still freakishly hung up on the idea of black men rising above their station and becoming sexually involved with white women.

The racial fantasy factor in this presidential campaign is out of control. It was at work in that New Yorker cover that caused such a stir. (Mr. Obama in Muslim garb with the American flag burning in the fireplace.) It’s driving the idea that Barack Obama is somehow presumptuous, too arrogant, too big for his britches — a man who obviously does not know his place.

Mr. Obama has to endure these grotesque insults with a smile and heroic levels of equanimity. The reason he has to do this — the sole reason — is that he is black.

I can only hope this column gets passed around and picked up by the village at large. John McCain, as Senator Clinton did before him (yes, Big Tent, she did), has made a conscious effort to paint Senator Obama as a scary black man. It's the politics of division and a light must be shone.

(Cross-posted at State of the Day.)

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2 Comments:

  • and the MSM, his biggest base, is helping paint obama as the SBM.....

    they are just as complicit

    By Blogger Distributorcap, at 9:42 AM  

  • you are an idiot...

    By Anonymous Jason, at 2:39 PM  

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