August 4, 2008


Obama's Racial Catch-22 (Adam Serwer, August 4, 2008, American Prospect)

You've probably seen it by now: the images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton dissolving into footage of Barack Obama's speech in Berlin, as a voice dripping with sarcasm proclaims "he's the biggest celebrity in the world." The McCain campaign's "Britney" ad lays out a series of objections about Obama, questioning whether he's "ready to lead" and then criticizes his opposition to offshore drilling. [...]

The rapturous coverage of the Obama campaign during the primary was less about Obama himself than it was America congratulating itself for being willing to consider a black man for president, with the subtext being that the United States had finally liberated itself from its racist past. It established an unspoken contract: that Obama's success was proof that racism is no longer a serious problem, thus preempting any further discussion on the subject. But even as the mainstream media all but trumpeted Obama's nomination as the end of racism in the United States, he continues to face a series of arbitrary and shifting public tests merely because of he is black. His dilemma remains that the only way to succeed is to pretend that this double standard does not exist. He has to extricate himself from an ongoing racial competition between blacks and whites, where the prosperity of one is seen as detrimental to the other. The paradox is that by succeeding, Obama has raised the white anxiety about his presence to a level at which it can be exploited as resentment.

If you pruned this essay with a chainsaw you'd be down to two truths that the author states in passing: the basis of the Obama candidacy in the Democratic contest was his race; and, the McCain campaign is shredding him by pointing out that he's little more than a media phenomenon. The real Obama paradox is that, because of his lack of any achievements and because his views are too liberal to appeal to American voters, the only defense available to him is accusations of racism. But telling the better than 50% of the country that says it isn't voting for you that they must be racist is a poor campaign strategy.

And if you thought calling a comparison to Britney Spears racist smacked of desperation, you ain't seen nothin' yet, Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Rasmussen Reports, August 04, 2008)

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows the race for the White House is tied with Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 44% of the vote. However, when "leaners" are included, it’s McCain 47% and Obama 46%.

The Left is ill-prepared to lose yet another presidential.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 4, 2008 9:51 AM

I said it here in so many words before, but I'll re-phrase -- The ObaMessiah's campaign analysis that the vast majority of Americans will still cringe in fear like cheap cellophane on a stove whenever it is even being HINTED that they are racist, and thus cave to the accuser and plead their "diversity" credentials, may be seriously flawed.

This craveness I think WAS the case. But BO's having come as far as he has has ironically changed that. Not only have we (America) proven we are NOT racist by this candidacy, but all of a sudden, we know it, we've proven it, and so ya know what?? We ain't even gonna LISTEN to the putzes who hurl the accusation every day with their morning coffee. In a nutshell, all of a sudden we don't CARE if someone accuses us. We ain't, yap yap yap, take it to someone who gives a damn.

So as long as BO and Co continue to hurl the charge, even subtly, all they are going to do is piss more and more people off, as we no longer cower at the charge the way we used to.

This is a magnificent turn of events, one that I sincerely hope spreads to the rest of the West that so sorely needs to act on it, passionately.

Matter of fact...... thanks, Barack. I mean that.


Posted by: Andrew X at August 4, 2008 10:35 AM

The Left wants to confuse the question "is America ready to elect a Black man?" with "is America ready to elect this particular man?". The answer to the first does not imply the answer to the second. The results this November will show how many people figure this out.

(And while the answer to the first is definitely "yes", The One™ (pbuh) seems determined to make sure the answer to the second "no".)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 4, 2008 12:26 PM

Imagine the hatred and bigotry that will be unleashed if McCain picks Michael Steele as V-P. Or when the GOP nominates him (or J.C. Watts, or Jindal, or any other conservative minority) for President.

The Right doesn't care about race. For the Left, it is a weapon that may suddenly prove to be obsolete.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 4, 2008 10:57 PM
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