Lindsey is still out there stumping for John McAncient. Arguing over nothing...pick the VP already!<br><br><br>(The Politico) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Barack Obama is "absolutely" injecting the issue of race into the presidential campaign on Sunday morning, and twice calling it "a lie" for the Democratic presidential nominee to claim otherwise.<br><br>“To say that Barack Obama did not intentionally inject the idea of his name and his race is a lie,” Graham said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday." <br><br>“There is no doubt in my mind that Sen. Obama is trying to suggest that he is the victim of something,” <br><br>The issue of race exploded onto the campaign trail this week after Obama delivered a speech in which he said he was being attacked for “not looking like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.” <br><br>The McCain campaign later accused Obama of "playing the race card," a charge the Obama camp angrily denied.<br><br>“To say that that is not trying to inject the idea that you are a victim of John McCain trying to make fun of your name and your racial background is a lie," said Graham. "That needs to be admitted to.”<br><br>Appearing on Fox with Graham, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) defended Obama's comments.<br><br>"What he was saying all along is that he has a different kind of resume," said Daschle. "What he was saying is that he is a different kind of candidate, a different kind of leader."<br><br><br>
economy<br>environment<br>iraq<br>healthcare<br>defense<br>terrorism<br>foreign policy<br>education<br><br>the meaningful issues are many. interpreting Obama's word this way or that is not one of them. have fun with this discussion that will end up being forgotten in a matter of days when the new non issue comes along.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
“...not looking like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.” <br><br>I am totally amazed that there has not been a single mention by any of the pundits of the June 30 McCain Campaign ad featuring Obama's face on a $100 bill. <br><br><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CDTJDv4hevU&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CDTJDv4hevU&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><br><br><br>Lindsey Graham must have been on one of the other shows ... Droopy Lieberman was pimping for McCain on MTP, telling us the "Britany & Paris" ad was dignified.<br><br><br>
It's not just that, Gary. There are obvious things that point to O's "difference," like the deliberate focus on his name . . . Barry Hussein, I belive he's called, right? There are subtler points, like the impression that someone who is so god-awful unqualified could become a nominee only because of affirmative action (as Mr. Monk might say, I may be wrong, but I don't think so). There's the juxtaposition of the black man with the white women in the Hilton-Spears ad. There's the "The One" ad, which to my ear frames O in the religious imagery evoked by MLK and reduces it to blasphemy. There's the image of O that dominates the end of the Celebrity ad, which presents a goofily-smiling O, an image that I immediately associated with Black Sambo images, minus the watermelon of course. And with the exception of the Barry Hussein that's just the official McCain stuff.<br><br>Obama has to decide whether he ignores this stuff, as Kerry ignored the swift-boat stuff to begin with, or responds to it. The difficulty is obvious. First, the points are a lot more subtle and indirect than were the swift-boat accusations. So that, second, as soon as Obama articulates the subtext, he is open to accusations of playing the "race card." Third, the more he responds to such stuff, the more he is letting the McCain folks establish the election's story line.<br><br>It would have been interesting to see how McCain's campaign did the same sort of underhand stuff to a female candidate.<br><br>[color:red]</font color=red> [color:orange]</font color=orange> [color:yellow]</font color=yellow> [color:green]</font color=green> [color:blue]</font color=blue> [color:purple]</font color=purple>
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This is interesting:<br><br>"Gergen: McCain Using Code Words To Attack Obama As "Uppity"<br><br>On Sunday, longtime Washington hand David Gergen (advisor from the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton administrations) took umbrage with John McCain's recent attack ads, charging that the Senator was using coded messaging to paint Barack Obama as "outside the mainstream" and "uppity."<br><br>"There has been a very intentional effort to paint him as somebody outside the mainstream, other, 'he's not one of us,'" said Gergen, who has worked with White Houses, both Republican and Democrat, from Nixon to Clinton. "I think the McCain campaign has been scrupulous about not directly saying it, but it's the subtext of this campaign. Everybody knows that. There are certain kinds of signals. As a native of the south, I can tell you, when you see this Charlton Heston ad, 'The One,' that's code for, 'he's uppity, he ought to stay in his place.' Everybody gets that who is from a southern background. We all understand that. When McCain comes out and starts talking about affirmative action, 'I'm against quotas,' we get what that's about."<br><br>
I agree with Gergen. And the cleverness of that mode of attack is that to respond to it is very very difficult precisely because it all goes by innuendo.<br><br>[color:red]</font color=red> [color:orange]</font color=orange> [color:yellow]</font color=yellow> [color:green]</font color=green> [color:blue]</font color=blue> [color:purple]</font color=purple>
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