One of the Democrats’ favorite tactics in recent elections has been to play the victim by falsely complaining of vicious attacks by Republicans. Take 2004, for example. Democrats (and especially their candidate, John Kerry) loudly screamed "Don’t you dare question our patriotism," when the only national figures even mentioning patriotism were … Democrats. It was an attempt to shield themselves against any serious questioning of Kerry’s activities in Vietnam and the anti-war movement in the 70s, and to forestall any any attacks on the Democrats’ increasingly copperheaded national security stances as the Iraq war progressed. They relied on sympathy for the "victim" to short-circuit hard discussion of real issues on which they knew they were weak.
Fast-forward to 2008: Senator Barack Obama, Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles and the Prophet of Post-Racial Politics has resorted to (You can see where this is going, can’t you?) playing the race card:
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.
"It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy," Obama told a fundraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. "We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid.
"They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?"
This ain’t post-racial, O Prophet. This is racist, plain and simple. You are bringing up race to make any criticism of you look like a racist attack. You accuse the Republicans of planning to make an issue of your skin color –when their candidate has explicitly rejected that– you insult non-Black voters by implying they’re susceptible to racist appeals, and you insult Black voters by hinting they should vote for you because you’re Black. (What? You don’t think there’s a "We’ve got to stick together" racist message here? Get real.)
These are your new politics?
Senator, you’re nothing but a slicker version of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.
Let me tell you something, Senator Slick. I’m White and I don’t give a damn about your skin color or where your ancestors came from. I oppose your candidacy because I think your policies are wrong, that they will hurt the United States. I oppose you because, for all your self-proclaimed superior judgment, your inner circle includes slimy, anti-American, racist creeps like Rezko, Ayers, Dohrn, Wright, and Pfleger. I oppose you because you’ve shown all the character of a typical Chicago machine politician. (What was that promise to accept public campaign financing? Just words?)
I oppose you because of who you are and what you stand for, and I’ll be damned if I’m voting for a race-baiting, ego-tripping, empty suit of a candidate.
LINKS: More at Hot Air, Baldilocks, Sister Toldjah, Right Wing Nuthouse, Protein Wisdom.
UPDATE: Via Cassandra (hat tip: Sister Toldjah), the Official Barack Obama race card(tm):
UPDATE II: Reread the last paragraph of Obama’s statement above: "They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and
inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?"
Now look at this clip of Father Pfleger’s sermon at Obama’s (former) church:
Did you hear the similarity with the highlighted statement? Deval Patrick’s words weren’t the only ones Obama borrowed. Tell me again how he is the Post-Racial Messiah?