Washington Monthly: ‘UPPITY’

Washington Monthly:  (9/22/08)

‘UPPITY’

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a far-right Georgia Republican, seemed to get the ball rolling a few weeks ago, calling Barack Obama and his wife “uppity.” (He later said he had no idea the word had racial connotations.) Now, the Politico’s Mike Allen has quoted a Republican insider, identified only as “one of the smartest Bushies,” who has some advice for the McCain campaign:

The tactics that got them to mid-September in a tie are not going to get them to 50 percent plus one in November. They need … an eye toward driving out the range of contrast that makes McCain different from Obama (action-oriented rhetoric v. grand prose; accessible v. uppity; humble servant of country v. arrogant).’

Seriously? “One the smartest Bushies” believes the McCain campaign should deliberately characterize Obama as “uppity”? The insider is encouraging the campaign to pursue racially-charged language to emphasize the “contrasts” between the candidates?

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