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Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire: McCain Pledges to Bring Up Ayers in Debate

Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

McCain Pledges to Bring Up Ayers in Debate

It appears Sen. John McCain will take Sen. Barack Obama up on his challenge.

In an interview on a St. Louis radio station, McCain said Obama’s comments that “I didn’t have the guts” to talk about William Ayers in the last presidential debate have “probably ensured” that the former 1960s radical will come up in Wednesday’s debate.

Talking Points Memo: McCain: I’m Going To “Whip” Obama At The Debate

Talking Points Memo

McCain: I’m Going To “Whip” Obama At The Debate

 

Check out this latest gaffe from John McCain: He boasted that he intends to “whip” Barack Obama’s posterior at the debate this Wednesday.

“We’re going to spend a lot of time and after I whip his you-know-what in this debate, we’re going to be going out 24/7,” McCain told a crowd of volunteers at the campaign’s national headquarters in Virginia.

For the record, none of us here at TPM think McCain actually intended the potentially-nefarious alternative meaning of whipping Obama. We just think it was a painfully awkward and stupid thing to say.

 

Hip Hop Republican: Was “That one” racist? Does McCain know?

Hip Hop Republican

Was “That one” racist? Does McCain know?

Democrat operatives, bloggers and the black press are making outrageous claims that McCain’s use of “that one” in the debate last week was a coded racial slur. When I heard McCain say it, I knew immediately as an African American how it would go down in a partisan black audience. McCain and his team of all white advisers probably do not grasp the whole controversy. As a result, he probably still does not know how it came across.

This is why Republicans continue to get in trouble on the issue of race. The truth is race matters, and nothing will show this like McCain losing the election. He can ignore race and pretend it does not exist, but it will bite him in the end. The failure by the GOP to provide a truth squad and a group of advisers on the issue of race shows the flaws of McCain’s team. He is running against the first possible black presidential candidate, yet his entire advisory board is primarily white.The Reagan administration struggled with this same issue. They meant well, but they were dumbfounded on the role of race in politics. The party has to get over its “deer in headlights “mentality on race and embrace this issue just as we have done with many things. We have never ignored other issues and we must not disregard this one. As Republicans, we must roll up our sleeves and go into Detroit, Harlem and Chicago to fight back. If we do not, then we will be unfairly perceived as a racist party.

With regards to the Senator saying “That one”, I do not believe it was a racist ploy- he was probably referring to Obama, the person standing on stage with him, to whom he directed this comment. Was it the classiest of references? Probably not.

But what if Obama referred to Senator McCain the same way? Would people interpret it as some coded racial thing or as a sign of disrespect? Regardless, if the McCain campaign does not understand how millions of black folks may feel about him saying- “that one” he better learn or he will lose this election.

AmericaBlog: McCain says he will “whip” Obama in debate

AmericaBlog

McCain says he will “whip” Obama in debate

And then he says goes on to talk about conducting a respectful race. Could McCain be any more clueless? While this is sure to be a crowd pleaser in the same halls that yell out “kill him” and make racist taunts but for everyone else, this is more of the same strange McCain that we’ve watched unravel in recent months. (CNN.com front page headlines toned down what McCain actually said and changed it to “crushed” rather than “whip” though at least the AP used the real words. There was even laughter on CNN about the choice of words.)

Republican John McCain vowed Sunday to “whip” Democratic rival Barack Obama’s “you-know-what” when the two presidential candidates meet Wednesday in their final televised debate. 

 

TPM Election Central: McCain: I’m going to ‘whip’ Obama at the Debate

TPM Election Central (10/13/08)

McCain: I’m going to ‘whip’ Obama at the Debate

Check out this latest gaffe from John McCain: He boasted that he intends to “whip” Barack Obama’s posterior at the debate this Wednesday.

“We’re going to spend a lot of time and after I whip his you-know-what in this debate, we’re going to be going out 24/7,” McCain told a crowd of volunteers at the campaign’s national headquarters in Virginia.

For the record, none of us here at TPM think McCain actually intended the potentially-nefarious alternative meaning of whipping Obama. We just think it was a painfully awkward and stupid thing to say.

Politico: McCain laments selection of Ifill

Politico

McCain laments selection of Ifill

Hours ahead of the vice presidential debate, Sen John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized the selection of PBS’s Gwen Ifill as moderator because she is writing a book called “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”

“Frankly, I wish they had picked a moderator that isn’t writing a book favorable to Barack Obama — let’s face it,” McCain said on “Fox & Friends.” “But I have to have confidence that Gwen Ifill will handle this as the professional journalist that she is. …

“Life isn’t fair, as I mentioned earlier in the program.”

Ifill is moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent of “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” She is viewed as one of Washington’s fairest journalists.

McCain took a different tack the day before, telling Fox News in another interview: “I think that Gwen Ifill is a professional, and I think that she will do a totally objective job because she is a highly respected professional. Does this help that if she has written a book that is favorable to Senator Obama? Probably not, but I have confidence that Gwen Ifill will do a professional job. And I have that confidence.”

24Ahead: The Cenk Uygur Race Card Play-O-Matic (John McCain, Fannie Mae)

24Ahead

The Cenk Uygur Race Card Play-O-Matic (John McCain, Fannie Mae)

The new first rule of the Democratic Party is: “Twist anything an opponent of Barack Obama says in order to play the race card”. If BHO wins the presidency, expect them to abide by that rule endlessly.

The latest example comes from multiple “liberals” who are trying to racialize John McCain referring to Barack Obama as “that one” at last night’s “debate”. About that, Air America host (“Young Turks”) Cenk Uygur says (huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/worse-than-that-one_b_132863.html, also at peekURL.com/zak44q5):

Some questioned if it had racial implications.

Expect to see lots of references to what “some say” should BHO become president.

But, seeking to explore new frontiers in racial divisiveness, Uygur also says:

For me, the more worrisome moment of the debate came when McCain told a young, black questioner, “You’ve probably never heard of Fannie Mae.” We were doing play-by-play of the debate on our website and I shouted out, “Why not? Why wouldn’t he have heard of Fannie Mae?”

Now, let’s go to the transcript (link):

But you know, one of the real catalysts, really the match that lit this fire was Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I’ll bet you, you may never even have heard of them before this crisis. But you know, they’re the ones that with the encouragement of Senator Obama and his cronies and his friends, in Washington, that went out and made all these risky loans, gave them to people that could never afford to pay back.

Note that Uygur is leaving off the important “before this crisis” bit. And, considering that, in 2007, according to this perhaps biased poll, only 69% of Americans could name the VP and less than half could identify Nancy Pelosi, I think it’s safe to assume that a very large number of Americans had never heard of Fannie/Freddie before now. (Other polls here and here). I have no doubt that McCain would say the same thing to anyone who was not connected to politics in some way.

Someone needs to keep track of all the instances of BHO supporters trying to racialize things like this.

FOXNews: McCain’s Usage of ‘That One’ Sparks Questions of Intent

FOXNews

McCain’s Usage of ‘That One’ Sparks Questions of Intent

John McCain uttered two words that could turn out to be the only ones people remember from Tuesday night’s presidential debate: That one.

But what those words meant is being spun in many different ways.

One group, the Center for Social Inclusion — a nonpartisan organization funded in part by the Ford Foundation — claims the phrase was racially charged.

“The racial undertones were subtle but unmistakable,” CSI Director Maya Wiley said in a statement released Wednesday.

“By making a dismissive, condescending remark like this, McCain was tapping into a current of superiority among white voters. It was an attempt to ‘otherize’ Obama and tap into the implicit bias that so many of us hold,â€� Wiley said.

“To my knowledge, I have never heard that used as a common phrase before,”said University of California-Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff.

“The phrase was meant to say, ‘You and I are in the same area, but he’s the outsider,'” Lakoff continued. “It’s the political equivalent of what (Sarah) Palin said the other day, which is, ‘He’s not one of us.'”

A McCain campaign aide said she doesn’t know what the hullabaloo is about over McCain’s use of the phrase. The candidate has often singled out Obama that way.

“I’m shocked that at a moment of national crisis, where our economy is on the minds of every single person, I am shocked that they are again proving to be the fussiest campaign in American history, McCain adviser Nicole Wallace told reporters after the debate.

Newsweek: Oliver Willis: Impotent.

Newsweek: Oliver Willis

Impotent.

For the last few days, at a distance the McCain campaign has whipped up a frenzy of nativist sentiment against Barack Obama. They’ve accused him of being strange, not a supporter of America, and of course as a terrorist sympathizer. They’ve done it mostly through Sarah Palin’s forked tongue, but McCain also took a punch at Sen. Obama, powering through an attack as the assembled mob screamed at Obama’s name. Then a funny thing happened on Tuesday night. John McCain had to go into a room with Barack Obama. He had to stand on stage with Sen. Obama and in front of the entire nation. Surely John Mccain, a veteran of combat, would take the baton from his running mate, get up in front of the naive Barack Obama and show him who the real…