In response to McCain’s most recent adds lampooning the junior Senator from Illinois’ rock-star status, Obama trotted out his favorite straw man argument:
What they’re going to do is make you scared — of me, He’s not patriotic enough. He’s got a funny name. He doesn’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills
You see, this is a pretty clever argument to make. Which Republican or McCain surrogate has tried to make someone scared of the big bad Obama? Which Republican has said Obama is not patriotic enough? Which Republican said he has a funny name? Which Republican pointed out that Obama doesn’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills?
The last accusation is particularly galling. Because he’s making a prediction of future attacks “what they’re going to do …” he doesn’t have to come out and say, ‘So and so said I don’t look like all the presidents on the dollar bills’–essentially calling someone–Republicans, conservatives, the McCain camp–a racist. This is outrageously offensive and insulting and is just the type of racial grievance politics Obama was supposed to leave behind–remember the whole post-racial load of garbage we were fed?
Furthermore, all those “future accusations” Obama made about the mysterious others who will try and dissuade people from voting Obama, well, the Clinton campaign and all her surrogates–presumably good Democrats the lot of ’em–already made all those accusations.
This is the dirty little secret about this election. Clinton played dirty, really dirty and because it was Democrat vs. Democrat, black vs. woman, the MSM didn’t really know what to do.
Contrast that now with the response to McCain’s latest ad and their general critique: Obama is more rock-star politician (we prefer the Guitar Hero* metaphor) than potential President and he lacks any qualifying experience whatsoever. Somehow, Obama morphed this into a race/patriotism thing (well, you read the quote above) and the MSM is buying into it.
And just because they’re playing true to form and we expected it all along doesn’t make it any less sucktastic when we see it in print.
*Over-the-top performance, no real skill or experience.
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