Associated Press Writer Douglass K. Daniel has employed tortured language analysis to levy a pathetically contrived charge of racsim against Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin.
Palin’s words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee “palling around” with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn’t see their America?
In a post-Sept. 11 America, terrorists are envisioned as dark-skinned radical Muslims, not the homegrown anarchists of Ayers’ day 40 years ago. With Obama a relative unknown when he began his campaign, the Internet hummed with false e-mails about ties to radical Islam of a foreign-born candidate.
Whether intended or not by the McCain campaign, portraying Obama as “not like us” is another potential appeal to racism. It suggests that the Hawaiian-born Christian is, at heart, un-American.
Most troubling, however, is how allowing racism to creep into the discussion serves McCain’s purpose so well. As the fallout from Wright’s sermons showed earlier this year, forcing Obama to abandon issues to talk about race leads to unresolved arguments about America’s promise to treat all people equally.
Back bench scribes like Mr. Daniel fancy themselves capable of rocking McCain supporters back on their heels;
-Discouraging the discussion of legitimate issues,
-Inferring that such discussion is equivalent to racism.
-In an overall effort to lie their guy into the White House.
We must not be deterred from questioning Mr Obama’s foul choice of friends and associates just because some of his no-talent-weasel press surrogates start throwing around the predictable charges of bigotry.