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Times ed board: McCain move 'racially tinged'
Politico ^ | 08/01/2008 | Ben Smith

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 today’s 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 he’s 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 “doesn’t look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills.’’

But Rick Davis, Mr. McCain’s 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. “It’s 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. Simpson’s 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


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: badkarmaforjuan; electionads; mccain; newyorkslimes; obama; poorpoorrinos; propagandawingofdnc; race; racecard; slimes
So Obama didn't play the race card, McCain did.

The NYT jumps the shark. Again.

1 posted on 07/31/2008 7:46:51 PM PDT by JRochelle
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To: JRochelle
The most recent ad compares the presumptive Democratic nominee for president to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton — suggesting telling the truth to voters that he’s nothing more than a bubble-headed, publicity-seeking celebrity.
2 posted on 07/31/2008 7:52:38 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: JRochelle

How on earth is comparing Obambi to two other empty headed celebrities “racist”? I don’t get it.


3 posted on 07/31/2008 7:53:12 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: JRochelle
Obama is the hyper-race baiting huckster that Jesse could only dream of being.

Jackson is a washed up has-been.

4 posted on 07/31/2008 7:53:52 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs...nothing more than Bald Haired Hippies!)
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To: JRochelle

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.


5 posted on 07/31/2008 7:56:09 PM PDT by o_zarkman44
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To: JRochelle
We are living in a Bizarro World aren't we?

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.

6 posted on 07/31/2008 7:57:31 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If it looks like a lib, smells like a lib and whines like a lib, it must be an Obama voter)
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To: hsalaw
How on earth is comparing Obambi to two other empty headed celebrities “racist”? I don’t get it.

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!

7 posted on 07/31/2008 7:59:08 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: JRochelle
Pretzel Logic on a scale I have never before witnessed.

These people are truly insane. They should be put away for their own good.

8 posted on 07/31/2008 7:59:22 PM PDT by Mariner
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To: JRochelle
suggesting to voters that he’s nothing more than a bubble-headed, publicity-seeking celebrity.

Which, of course, is precisely what he is. Go John McCain!!

9 posted on 07/31/2008 8:01:01 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl
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To: JRochelle

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.


10 posted on 07/31/2008 8:01:43 PM PDT by randita
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To: JRochelle
“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. “

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.
Sick.

11 posted on 07/31/2008 8:03:24 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: JRochelle
The NYT is, of course suggesting that John McCain's young, adopted daughter is too dark to ever succeed as a hootchy kootchy dancer like Britney or Paris.

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!

12 posted on 07/31/2008 8:05:28 PM PDT by muawiyah (We need a "Gastank For America" to win back Congress)
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To: JRochelle

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.


13 posted on 07/31/2008 8:06:26 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: hsalaw
How on earth is comparing Obambi to two other empty headed celebrities “racist”? I don’t get it.

That's because you're a racist. < /sarc>

14 posted on 07/31/2008 8:06:41 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: JRochelle

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.


15 posted on 07/31/2008 8:07:43 PM PDT by keepitreal ("I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message. . . until I don't.")
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To: JRochelle
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.

He's committing political suicide.
16 posted on 07/31/2008 8:11:30 PM PDT by atomicweeder
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To: HereInTheHeartland

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.


17 posted on 07/31/2008 8:12:24 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Dianna
Apparently, the idea is to scare white folks into thinking that Obama wants to rape their women!That's just nuts. Under that "logic," any photo of Obambi with a "typical white person" would scare other "typical white persons." Who thinks like that?
18 posted on 07/31/2008 8:19:24 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: CharlesWayneCT

“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.”

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.


19 posted on 07/31/2008 8:21:10 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: JRochelle

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.


20 posted on 07/31/2008 8:22:37 PM PDT by MainFrame65 (The US Senate: World's greatest PREVARICATIVE body!)
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To: JRochelle

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.


21 posted on 07/31/2008 8:24:19 PM PDT by Spok (Vietnam vet and proud father of a US Border Patrolman and a US Marine.)
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To: hsalaw

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.


22 posted on 07/31/2008 8:36:59 PM PDT by libbylu
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To: JRochelle
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.


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

23 posted on 07/31/2008 9:00:55 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

Yep. Ford looks like a “young White man”.


24 posted on 07/31/2008 9:10:37 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: JRochelle
It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.’’

"pathetic" says it all for me.

25 posted on 07/31/2008 9:12:49 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: JRochelle
Mr. Obama called Mr. McCain on the ploy, saying, quite rightly, that the Republicans are trying to scare voters by pointing out that he “doesn’t look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills.’’

Obama is not the President yet. What does he mean by "all those other Presidents"?

26 posted on 07/31/2008 9:14:32 PM PDT by MovementConservative (John Roberts and Sam Alito.... Thank you GWB)
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To: hsalaw

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.


27 posted on 07/31/2008 9:17:55 PM PDT by MovementConservative (John Roberts and Sam Alito.... Thank you GWB)
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To: MovementConservative

LOL. Good catch.


28 posted on 07/31/2008 9:18:45 PM PDT by what's up
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To: JRochelle

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???????????????


29 posted on 07/31/2008 9:20:45 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Election 2008--It's all about the judges!!)
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To: what's up

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.


30 posted on 07/31/2008 9:26:07 PM PDT by MovementConservative (John Roberts and Sam Alito.... Thank you GWB)
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To: JRochelle; All

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.


31 posted on 07/31/2008 9:33:34 PM PDT by Enchante (Obambi goes to GERMANY to apologize for unwarranted (sic) aggression!)
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To: hsalaw

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.


32 posted on 07/31/2008 9:37:40 PM PDT by Ronin (Is there some rule that says that when an evil man gets sick, we must pretend he was saint?)
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To: JRochelle
That Harold Ford ad has become the new Willie Horton ad. Liberals are going to beat Republicans over the head with it for the next 20 years.

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?

33 posted on 07/31/2008 9:39:28 PM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (RIP Tony Snow, great American, father, and Christian)
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To: Enchante

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.”


34 posted on 07/31/2008 9:43:24 PM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (RIP Tony Snow, great American, father, and Christian)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

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.


35 posted on 07/31/2008 9:51:32 PM PDT by Enchante (Obambi goes to GERMANY to apologize for unwarranted (sic) aggression!)
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To: JRochelle

Who ya gonna believe? The NY Times or your lying ears?


36 posted on 07/31/2008 9:51:56 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: JRochelle

** suggesting to voters that he’s nothing more than a bubble-headed, publicity-seeking celebrity.**

Well, isn’t he? Obamanation, that is.


37 posted on 07/31/2008 9:56:07 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: atomicweeder

“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.


38 posted on 07/31/2008 10:12:02 PM PDT by Grandsons of Liberty (Revolutionaries for the 21st Century)
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To: JRochelle

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.


39 posted on 07/31/2008 10:20:56 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: JRochelle
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.

Oh please.

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.

40 posted on 08/01/2008 12:04:38 AM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: JRochelle

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.


41 posted on 08/01/2008 12:16:50 AM PDT by TheThinker (Capitalism is the natural result of a democratic government.)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

From this review, the NYet Times apparently supports “racially tinged” movies at least sometimes:

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E0CE3DD173CF934A15750C0A964958260

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.


42 posted on 08/01/2008 12:18:00 AM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: JRochelle

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.


43 posted on 08/01/2008 4:23:22 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Stop the O-bomb.)
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To: JRochelle
There was absolutely nothing racist about the ad. People looking to find racism will find it everywhere. I'm surprised BHO, since he is so consumed with finding it everywhere, failed to notice it when he was attending Rev. Wright's "church" for 20 years.

This is actually very encouraging news because the racism card is usually played when they can't think of anything else.

44 posted on 08/01/2008 4:48:35 AM PDT by Heartland Mom (The Presidency is not an entry-level position.)
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To: hsalaw

I have read libs who said it implies that Obama is a threat to white woman.


45 posted on 08/01/2008 5:39:35 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama is hiding something about his birth, parents or name- but what?)
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To: JRochelle

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.


46 posted on 08/01/2008 5:44:02 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama is hiding something about his birth, parents or name- but what?)
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To: hsalaw

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.


47 posted on 08/01/2008 5:44:45 AM PDT by MortMan (Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton)
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To: JRochelle

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.


48 posted on 08/01/2008 5:46:02 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama is hiding something about his birth, parents or name- but what?)
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