Newsweek: Moderate Voice: “So what if Obama were a Muslim or Arab?”

Newsweek: Moderate Voice

“So what if Obama were a Muslim or Arab?”

I’ve got to say, Campbell Brown has impressed me with her willingness to say what other journalists have only been thinking this election season. First, she called out the McCain campaign for shielding Palin from the press “like a delicate flower who will wilt at any moment.” And her latest commentary addresses the bigotry against Arabs and Muslims popping up at McCain rallies.

Last week a supporter told McCain she didn’t trust Obama because he was an Arab, to which McCain replied, “No ma’am. He’s a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues. That’s what this campaign is all about. He’s not, thank you.”

Brown retorts:

Now, I commend Sen. McCain for correcting that woman, for setting the record straight. But I do have one question — so what if he was?

So what if Obama was Arab or Muslim? So what if John McCain was Arab or Muslim? Would it matter?

When did that become a disqualifier for higher office in our country? When did Arab and Muslim become dirty words? The equivalent of dishonorable or radical?

We’ve all been too quick to accept the idea that calling someone Muslim is a slur. We can’t tolerate this ignorance — not in the media, not on the campaign trail.

Few have been willing to address that issue directly, and as a consequence, slurring Muslims/Arabs has become an acceptable shield for racists who would never have voted for Obama in the first place. Racism against African Americans has become so taboo that most genuine racists are afraid express themselves in public. But slurring people from the Middle East? Well, hell, we’re at war and all. Nothing wrong with standing up in front of a large crowd with a microphone and spewing hatred for “those people,” right?

Jezebel: Just Say It: The Race-Baiting Tactics Of John McCain And Sarah Palin Are Reprehensible

Jezebel

Just Say It: The Race-Baiting Tactics Of John McCain And Sarah Palin Are Reprehensible

(H/T Feministe)

Most people in this country would like to believe that visceral hatred for one’s fellow Americans — including racism — is limited to a small number of radicals on either end of the political spectrum, or maybe to certain areas of the country. The truth is — as some of us are having to confront this week — that it’s simply untrue. So-called normal people can go wild-eyed and start spouting shit off the likes of which one would think would be confined to Arkham or parody, while others will holler things like “Kill him!” at political rallies because they feel like they’re safe to do so. And, if the behavior of John McCain and Sarah Palin (along with the mainstream media) this week is any indication, they are pretty safe from repercussion. 

UPDATE: McCain’s campaign has a response to their angry, race-baiting supporters: Obama just doesn’t understand them. No, for real, that’s their response. Senior [white people] adviser Nicole Wallace said, “[The African-American] Barack Obama’s assault on our [beloved white] supporters is insulting and unsurprising. These are the same people Obama called ‘bitter’ and attacked for ‘clinging to guns’ and faith,” because it’s always a good idea to remind angry, violent, racist mobs about their firearms. Spokesman Brian Rogers said, “Barack Obama’s attacks on [white, racist] Americans who support John McCain reveal far more about him than they do about John McCain. It is clear that Barack Obama just doesn’t understand regular [white] people and the [white] issues they care about [because he’s a black man. Black!].” 

Nashville Post Politics: Well, It’s True Isn’t It?

Nashville Post Politics

Well, It’s True Isn’t It?

There are limits, it would appear, to the respect John McCain is willing to afford Barack Obama:

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.

 

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. 

 

Huffington Post: Obama Predicted GOP’s Nasty Turn (VIDEO)

Huffington Post

Obama Predicted GOP’s Nasty Turn (VIDEO)

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