Skip to comments.Times ed board: McCain move 'racially tinged'
Posted on 07/31/2008 7:46:51 PM PDT by JRochelle
It wasnt so long ago that John McCain was The New York Times' favorite Republican.
Now, the editorial board is apparently so fed up that they can't wait until next day's paper and is blogging about him in the middle of the day:
[T]here was something surreal, and offensive, about todays soundbite from the campaign of Senator John McCain.
The presumptive Republican nominee has embarked on a bare-knuckled barrage of negative advertising aimed at belittling Mr. Obama. The most recent ad compares the presumptive Democratic nominee for president to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton suggesting to voters that hes nothing more than a bubble-headed, publicity-seeking celebrity.
The ad gave us an uneasy feeling that the McCain campaign was starting up the same sort of racially tinged attack on Mr. Obama that Republican operatives, some of whom work for Mr. McCain now, ran against Harold Ford, a black candidate for Senate in Tennessee in 2006. That assault, too, began with videos juxtaposing Mr. Ford with young, white women.
Mr. Obama called Mr. McCain on the ploy, saying, quite rightly, that the Republicans are trying to scare voters by pointing out that he doesnt look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills.
But Rick Davis, Mr. McCains campaign manager, had a snappy answer. Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck, he said. Its divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.
The retort was, we must say, not only contemptible, but shrewd. It puts the sin for the racial attack not on those who made it, but on the victim of the attack.
It also and we wish this were coincidence, but we doubt it conjurs up another loaded racial image.
The phrase dealing the race card from the bottom of the deck entered the national lexicon during the O.J. Simpson saga. Robert Shapiro, one of Mr. Simpsons lawyers, famously declared of himself, Johnny Cochran and the rest of the Simpson defense team, Not only did we play the race card, we dealt it from the bottom of the deck.round
The NYT jumps the shark. Again.
How on earth is comparing Obambi to two other empty headed celebrities “racist”? I don’t get it.
Jackson is a washed up has-been.
There is only one President on a dollar bill Obama.
And he is dead, unfortunately.
And “DAncing With the Stars” is not a voter registration event.
The Times certainly can't let FACTS get in the way of their agenda.
I've always said that Republicans think people are smart while Democrats know people are stupid. The November election results will tell the tale.
I didn't get it either until I read lib comments on another article. Apparently, the idea is to scare white folks into thinking that Obama wants to rape their women! But it's subtle enough that McCain has plausible deniability, the bastard!
These people are truly insane. They should be put away for their own good.
Which, of course, is precisely what he is. Go John McCain!!
Have the Justice Brothers weighed in on this issue yet? I hope they don’t wait long to get into the fray. We need them front and center railing against McCain while Obama keeps insisting that this campaign is not about race.
What a sickening, lowbrow attack on McCain. The NYT has appointed their selves to sniff out every paranoid, conspiracy, nut job hidden meaning, from every ad run against Obama.
Say, wasn't it supposed to be the Bushies who had a nasty whispering campaign going against McCain on her account ~ some claim about him having a "negro child" ~ and here's the NYT saying she's "no good".
Someone ought to be busy and rehash that earlier situation and see if maybe it was that Sulzberger guy arranging for all those calls to be made in South Carolina.
Dollars to doughnuts it was!
In a 30-second ad, 29 seconds were talking about substantive issues.
But all the Times and Obama can think about was the momentary picture of two white girls.
That's because you're a racist. < /sarc>
The more Obama and his media minions howl about this, the more it makes Obama look like a big sissy baby. Americans don’t want a big sissy baby as the Commander in Chief.
In Germany, they had a picture of Obama holding a young white girl at his workout that he did instead of visiting the troops. His wife was nowhere to be found in the picture.
Obama posed for the picture, so I presume noting that he is being put with a young white girl in THIS case isn’t racist.
The commercial would be just as effective if they put two black male celebrities. They should do that so people don’t call them racist. But they have to be two black celebrities that are well-recognized.
O.J. Simpson, and Michael Jackson.
“The commercial would be just as effective if they put two black male celebrities. They should do that so people dont call them racist. But they have to be two black celebrities that are well-recognized.”
But of course the NYT is the new filter that will have to ok any new anti Obama ads, so they would have to approve it.
The youngsters won’t remember, but McCain’s “celebrity” ad does not really break new ground. When Ronald Reagan ran against Edmund (Pat) Brown (Father of Edmund (Jerry) Brown, known as “Governor Moonbeam”) for governor of California, Brown’s primary campaign theme was to admonish voters to choose a REAL governor instead of an ACTING governor.
Of course, Reagan won, and the “acting” epithet was laid to rest permanently in California.
McCain’s campaign is dancing around an excellent campaign theme; and that is that the media has created Obama’s candidacy, like the television show created the Monkees. He (McCain) needs to sharpen it more and present it as an attack on an unethical media that won’t look like cheap shots at Obama personally. Obama’s campaign has become a marketing event by partisan ‘journalism’ and he’s just going along for the free ride. Obama should never be blamed (or credited) with engineering the PR hysteria that’s engulfed his candidacy; even he couldn’t afford the kind of coverage the press is giving him. It’s not his fault.
I admit to watching a few minutes of hardball,and i have your answer from that rachel woman.... “just like with harold ford, bambi and two white women”....that is all they need! mind blowing.
Harold Ford and fiance Emily Threlkeld
If I passed the guy on the street, I would not identify him as black.
Gotta love it: Blacks Angered By Harold Ford Jr.s Bride Choice
Yep. Ford looks like a “young White man”.
"pathetic" says it all for me.
Obama is not the President yet. What does he mean by "all those other Presidents"?
Well, they forgot to attack McCain on that other white fear. The prejudice of a black man with a blond woman. I’m sure the Times or someone else on the left will run with that one eventually.
LOL. Good catch.
Ugh, my brain hurts from trying to wrap itself around these insane liberal rantings! And from a formerly “respected” newspaper???
A racial attack with Britney and Paris? What???????????????
Thanks, but in fairness the credit goes to the Instapundit for catching it first. I can’t take credit for it. The source is www.instapundit.com It’s a good aggregate done by Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds. Daily must read for me, just like FR is.
Every time I think the NY Times bozos have shown the depths of their depravity and dementia, they come back to show they can sink lower still. Now McCain is simply not ‘allowed’ to criticize the divine Obambi, because ANYTHING you say about the Obamanator can be twisted and distorted into something said to hint remotely of something ‘racial’.......
F*** these jokers. They need to be crushed, period, driven from public life forever, total disgrace.
Don’t be so dumb.
ANY critcism of Obama is, by definition, racist.
Or at least, that’s what any Obama supporter will tell you.
The really obnoxious part of this whole argument is that liberals assume such "subliminal racism" works, because thero are soooo many of us evil white rednecks who will recoil at the thought of a black man with a white woman. Talk about being stuck in the 1930s! To people like the New York Times editors, there are folks walking around the streets of Nashville in white sheets and hoods, and lynchings are a regular occurrence everywhere outside of New York City.
So just HOW did a black man get to be the Democratic nominee for President in such a horribly racist country?
You know, I think it might be worth some money and some screaming by the liberal media for McCain to come out with a new ad that talks about Barack Obama and simply shows an empty picture frame. The narrator should then say “this is supposed to be a picture of Barack Obama. But the New York Times says it’s racist to actually show his picture in an ad. So we’ll just tell you that he’s wrong for America. Not because he’s black, but because he’s inexperienced, insincere, and incapable of telling you what he really means.”
Good idea!! If the McCain campaign doesn’t do something like that soon we should suggest it to 3rd party groups (527s etc.) that might work up a good ad on that basis. If well executed it really could be a very effective message.
Who ya gonna believe? The NY Times or your lying ears?
** suggesting to voters that hes nothing more than a bubble-headed, publicity-seeking celebrity.**
Well, isn’t he? Obamanation, that is.
“The more that Obama claims to be a victim of racism, the less “post-racial” he becomes, and the more he becomes the candidate for the the black people. And therefore, the less white votes he will get.”
Which is precisely why the New York Slimes and their ilk will put the white guilt campaign into overdrive going into the election...If McCain begins to move ahead in the polls (I doubt it as they are ridiculously biased), this will reach absurd proportions.
Too funny. The NYT didn’t like the Harold Ford ad that only ran on the news and on the internet? They thought that was racist? hahahahahahahaha. That wasn’t racist. It hit the mark, and it was the best political ad I’ve seen in years. roflol
I haven’t watched the Britney/Paris ad. I don’t want to be disappointed that it doesn’t meet up to my high expectations.
I want to see t-shirts with President Obama’s “Alfred E. Neuman” mug superimposed on a dollar bill.
And I don't recall the NYet Times taking the LA Weekly to task for portraying Condi Rice as a gansta thug with gold teeth.
This is an ugly campaign alright becuase Stalinists in the media are doing their dammedist to denounce anyone who stands opposed to the Obamessiah.
It was smart of McCain to jump out front and call Obama on race-baiting. Ozbama’s reputation is already tarnished somewhat in that regard. Don’t go too far, Johnny, or it might backfire.
From this review, the NYet Times apparently supports “racially tinged” movies at least sometimes:
White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
March 27, 1992
Review/Film; “Oh Well, Jumping Isn’t Everything”
“The torrent of your-mama comic insults heard in the basketball film “White Men Can’t Jump” suggests constant antipathy among the film’s racially mixed cast of characters. So does the fact that the actors are forever shoving one another’s shoulders when they deliver these lines.”
“Like the movie characters they are, Billy and Sidney develop a close rapport forged out of enthusiastically traded wisecracks (Sidney’s friends often refer to Billy in terms of “The Brady Bunch” or “The Andy Griffith Show”).”
And there was an inter-racial romance in this film too.
But NO ONE is tying Obama to Britney Paris ROMANTICALLY or SEXUALLY.
Obama is bitching about how McCain won’t debate the issues with him. Obama is the one who turned down McCain’s offer for 10 town hall style debates.
Obama talks trash and his mouth writes checks his a** can’t cash.
I long for the day when a few thousand people will gather outside the Times building in protest against its continued existence, with grim reapers, town criers, and signs saying “Go Fold Yourself!” Maybe a dump truck loaded with unsold papers, and a six-foot-tall canary in NYT diapers pouring white-out on their doorstep.
This is actually very encouraging news because the racism card is usually played when they can't think of anything else.
I have read libs who said it implies that Obama is a threat to white woman.
If McCain had used vapid black celebs, the talk would have been... McCain is pointing out that Obama is black. He can’t win, therefore he has to just charge ahead. NOTHING he does will be innocent to the cynical left. ANYTHING can be implied with anything to do with Obama.
NYTimes is egregiously conflating the “celebrity” comparison with the “Call me” message from a white actress in the anti-Ford ad. The “call me” was unquestionably sleazy - although apparently quite accurate in Ford’s case. It also wasn’t racist, due to its grounding in truth, but was definitely portrayed that way.
In this case, there is no “there” there.
If they say he is young and inexperienced, people will say he called Obama “boy.” McCain just has to accept this and keep going. Heck, he can do ads about how anything that belittles Obama is interpreted as racist and how Obama is playing the race card. There are more whites than blacks in this country.