The “Race Card” let us count the ways
There are a few themes developing that should be called out now for what they are.
First, the racist junk that right-wing radio. blogs, and conservative interest groups are going to throw out. That somehow a black candidate secretly hates; whites, Jews, Christians, latinos, asians, old people, veterans, rich people, middle class people, corporations, and especially ducks.
And while this is happening, John McCain will just talk about how terrible this stuff is but he can’t stop it; and the media tut tuts it 24/7. And yet FoxNews and Howie Kurtz will keep having these same people on their shows and in their columns and treat them like the respectible contributor to the public discourse they believe them to be.
Good ol’ John McCain! Poor John McCain. Damn, that black guy should stop being so black*, it’s not fair to John McCain.
But another insidious meme is developing. It is not that the candidate is so extreme, no it’s something else. Something about as bad.
On Monday, who else but Bill Kristol started this little trick by stating this:
[Obama] wanted to explain that he was too good — too patriotic! — to wear a flag pin on his chest.
The whole column has one theme, that Barack Obama thinks he is better than you.
And then Tuesday in the Washington Post, America’s "divining Rod of Wankery" Richard Cohen chimed in:
Obama is nearly as good as he thinks he is.
And now Gail Collins comes forward today and says:
…people here worry that Barack Obama is getting show-offy
I believe the word all of you are thinking, but not typing, is…
Let’s just get it out in the open and call it for the racist bullcrap it is.
*substitute "woman" as necessary