ABC News: An Unheavenly Scene in Bethlehem

ABC News Political Punch (10/8/08)

An Unheavenly Scene in Bethlehem

Warming up for a joint appearance of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Lehigh County GOP chairman Bill Platt was mocking Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for not wearing a flag pin (though McCain doesn’t regularly wear one, either.)

Said Platt: “Certainly, Barack Obama can learn a thing or two from John McCain about what it means to be a patriot. Think about how you’ll feel on Nov. 5 if you see the news that Barack Obama — Barack Hussein Obama — is president of the United States.”

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Huffington Post: McCain Co-Chair Calls Obama “A Guy Of The Street,” Raises Drug Use

Huffington Post (10/9/08)

McCain Co-Chair Calls Obama “A Guy Of The Street,” Raises Drug Use

Appearing on Dennis Miller’s radio show, [Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank] Keating charged that the Democratic nominee was covering up his “very extreme” record, and urged Obama to be more honest with Americans. “He ought to admit,” Keating said, “‘You know, I’ve got to be honest with you. I was a guy of the street. I was way to the left. I used cocaine. I voted liberally, but I’m back at the center.'”

Keating began to address Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright — a topic that John McCain himself has said should be off-limits — but Miller interrupted him to return to the discussion of cocaine.

CNN: Campbell Brown: Race-baiting wrong, but so is over-reaction

CNN: Campbell Brown

Race-baiting wrong, but so is over-reaction

Look everybody, we all know we are in uncharted territory here. Never before has there been an African-American presidential nominee. So without question, race is going to be a part of the conversation.

Race-baiting doesn’t have to be and yet it is happening in this campaign. Twice this week, surrogates for Republican candidate Sen. John McCain have made a point of calling Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Barack “Hussein” Obama.

The implication here is clear. It’s foreign sounding. It’s Muslim sounding. It’s un-American sounding. It’s dangerous-sounding. What it is, is race-baiting. And that is what is dangerous.

Inciting crowds, encouraging their angry outbursts, McCain supporters shouting “treason” and “terrorist” about Obama at these rallies — that’s dangerous. Earlier in the campaign, McCain denounced this stuff. He strongly denounced it. And today it requires a stronger response, a much stronger denunciation than a campaign-generated paper statement. 

But let’s also be careful here and use our heads. Some Obama supporters on the left are up in arms over something McCain said at the debate Tuesday night — when he referred to Obama as, “that one.”

McCain: It was an energy bill on the floor of the senate, loaded down with goodies. Billions for the oil companies. And it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney. You know who voted for it? Might never know. That one.

Some people have interpreted that comment as having racial undertones. Give me a break.

I can hear my grandfather talking about one of his kids or grandkids as “that one.” He used it a lot. Maybe it’s a generational thing. Maybe it wasn’t a term of endearment the way it was when my grandfather used it. Maybe McCain did mean to be disrespectful. But racist? I don’t think so.

American Thinker: Here comes the race card

American Thinker

Here comes the race card

I actually expected this earlier in the campaign given John McCain’s surge in early-mid September. And, of course, we have had hints of the race card all along from the Obama campaign.

But these remarks by a couple of black Congressmen reveal a strategy change by Obama; take the race card out of the deck and throw it in the face of the American people:

As the McCain campaign ratchets up the intensity of its attacks on Barack Obama, some black elected officials are calling the tactics desperate, unseemly and racist.

“They are trying to throw out these codes,” said Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York. 

“He’s ‘not one of us?'” Mr. Meeks said, referring to a comment Sarah Palin made at a campaign rally on Oct. 6 in Florida. “That’s racial. That’s fear. They know they can’t win on the issues, so the last resort they have is race and fear.”

“Racism is alive and well in this country, and McCain and Palin are trying to appeal to that and it’s unfortunate,” said Representative Ed Towns, also from New York.

An Associated Press analysis characterized those remarks as “unsubstantiated” and carrying “a racially tinged subtext.”


That last bit about the AP helping out the Obama campaign by also playing the race card proves that the Democrats will have a willing partner in their attempt to smear McCain/Palin – and by extension, their supporters – as racists. 

Any GOP attack from now until the election that can hurt Obama will be answered with the race card. The question is; will it backfire? Will the American people see it for what it is and rebel against becoming pawns in Obama’s attempt to shame them into voting for him?

Don’t underestimate the power of this line of attack. It worked against Hillary Clinton quite nicely. There’s no reason to think it won’t work against McCain. 

What can McCain do to counter? I believe he must get angry. Yes, there is a huge risk of him showing his emotion what with his reputation for flying off the handle. But Americans will wonder if the charge is true unless McCain denounces in no uncertain terms this attempt to paint him and Palin as racists. Hillary never responded adequately (leaving it to Bill who botched it) and it cost her dearly. McCain must not allow Obama the high ground. He must criticize the use of the race card as having no place in American politics. He must convince the American people that he feels injured by this false attack. Otherwise, the attack will succeed because there will be lingering questions about whether they are true or not unless McCain shows by his attitude that there is not a speck of truth in them.

Washington Times: The futility of class warfare

Washington Times

The futility of class warfare

The “race card” was once an effective ploy in electoral politics. Southern Democrats long used it to rally white voters. In the wake of the Civil Rights movement, the Republicans took possession of the race card. Richard Nixon used it to strike fear in the minds of white voters, helping to transform a solid South into a Republican bastion. That card still gets played on occasion. But with white voters receding into the minority in so many jurisdictions, the race card is increasingly viewed as not just an unfair ploy, but an inefficient one as well.

The preferred play of Democrats these days is the “class” card. The Democrats have increasingly tried to redefine the “them vs. us” struggle in terms of class rather than color. As they tell the story, economic prosperity is a zero-sum game. Income gains attained by the “rich” come at the expense of the “poor”. Corporations bestow lavish compensation on executive insiders while cutting salaries, benefits and jobs for hard-working Americans. A massive flow of campaign contributions assures that elected officials will protect and serve the rich, while simultaneously cutting holes in the social safety net. Tax cuts for the rich not only fuel conspicuous indulgence among the elite, but diminish spending on health services, school, and the safety of the poor. Wall Street gains at the expense of Main Street. It all boils down to “them” (the rich) vs. “us” (the poor and middle class). Barack Obama has used the “class card” relentlessly to enlist and energize his supporters.

Santa Ynez Valley Journal: Is it time to talk about the race card?

Santa Ynez Valley Journal

Is it time to talk about the race card?

OK. Someone has to talk about it. It is time to object to the “race card” being played on the good people of the Santa Ynez Valley.

This anti-social tactic has been over-used so badly during the recent fiasco of the Governor-vetoed ID No. 1 water bill (AB 2686), that it can no longer be ignored. Let’s review the record.

It starts at the top with Assemblyman Pedro Nava’s office. His legislative aide reportedly said that Nava felt the opposition to AB 2686 was unrelated to water concerns — it was “because of the Chumash Highway thing.”

Another member of Nava’s staff reportedly called the valley opponents of AB 2686 “a bunch of uneducated idiots with nothing better to do …” and added,  “They’re all racists over there …”

Please don’t misunderstand — I am not saying that there is no racial or ethnic discrimination in America, or in the Santa Ynez Valley. Undeniably, there is — and undeniably it is wrong.

 

This discrimination shows itself in the act of treating people differently because of race. This discrimination works in favor of some people, and works against others.

It is not restricted to the benefit of white people. When my Irish ancestors arrived in America they were treated horribly by my English ancestors. Today, in northern New Mexico, discrimination against “Anglos” is not uncommon among the long-time Hispanic residents of the area.

Also, it does not always run to the detriment of minority groups. Affirmative action programs are examples of making racial or ethnic distinctions that favor minorities.

So, we need to be a bit more thoughtful in our analysis of racial or ethnic discrimination in America and in the Santa Ynez Valley.

 

In my opinion, a very small amount of discrimination in the Valley may run against the tribe in general, but an overwhelmingly larger amount certainly runs in favor of the tribe. Ask yourself this: If  casino expansion, removing property and businesses from the tax rolls, and immunity from county regulations were being proposed by a rich white guy like Donald Trump, would fewer people in the valley express objections? Or, would far more people speak out in protest?

Instead of continuing with this race card language, how about returning to a neighborly discussion of the merits of the issues, based on mutual respect.

We will all be better off when we do.

Christian Newswire: Who’s Really Playing the Race Card in This Election?

Christian Newswire

Who’s Really Playing the Race Card in This Election?

According to BOND ACTION, Inc, Founder and President, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, the Obama campaign and its surrogates have knowingly used race as a wedge issue to scare black voters and mischaracterize Republican positions on the issues. Rev. Peterson said today, “If the McCain campaign doesn’t start aggressively combating these false allegations it will cost them the election.” Rev. Peterson pointed to the following examples of Democrats injecting race into this election:

  • On Tuesday, during an appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Democrat strategist James Carville hinted at riots if Sen. Obama loses the election. 
     
  • Last Monday, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said that Republican criticism of Democrats over the nation’s housing crisis is a veiled attack on the poor that’s racially motivated.  
     
  • This week, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) said, “…They [Republicans] know they can’t win on the issues, so the last resort they have is race and fear.” 
     
  • This week, Rep. Ed Towns (D-NY) recently said, “Racism is alive and well in this country, and McCain and Palin are trying to appeal to that and it’s unfortunate.” 
     
  • September 24, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) speaking to the National Jewish Democratic Council, warned black and Jewish voters to be wary of Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.” 
     
  • Last June, in a speech in Jacksonville, Fla., Sen. Barack Obama told the audience, “[Republicans] They’re going to make you afraid of me…he’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name…did I mention that he’s black?”

Rev. Peterson said, “Democrats are using the same racially charged scare tactics used by white segregationists in the past to antagonize the races. This is shameless and dangerous, and we have a moral duty to point it out.”

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