August 2, 2008

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEFER TO THE JUDGES ON THIS ONE:

With Genie Out of Bottle, Obama Is Careful on Race (MICHAEL POWELL, 8/02/08, NY Times)

Senator Barack Obama is a man of few rhetorical stumbles, but this week a few of his words opened a racial door his campaign would prefer not to step through. When Senator John McCain’s camp replied by accusing him of playing the race card from the bottom of the deck, the Obama campaign seemed at least momentarily off balance.

The instinctive urge to punch back was tempered by the fact that race is a fire that could singe both candidates. So on Friday the Obama campaign, a carefully controlled lot on the best of days, reacted most cautiously as it sought to tamp down any sense that it was at war with Mr. McCain over who was the first to inject race into the contest. Mr. Obama made no mention of the issue, except for a brief reference in an interview with a local newspaper in Florida.

“I was in Union, Mo., which is 98 percent white, a rural conservative, and what I said was what I think everyone knows, which is that I don’t look like I came out of central casting when it comes to presidential candidates,” he told The St. Petersburg Times. “There was nobody there who thought at all that I was trying to inject race in this.”


Which is more amusing, the assertion that he isn't talking about race there or that a guy who can't be allowed to speak off script rarely stumbles rhetorically?


Posted by Orrin Judd at August 2, 2008 7:49 AM

He was being humble. He contrasted his lack of relevant experiences and achievements with the experiences of those who came out of central casting. His look of wide eyedness and cluelessness was so different.

Posted by: ic at August 2, 2008 10:39 AM
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