The race card: Did Obama play it or is McCain playing games?

July 31, 2008

John McCain thinks Barack Obama is playing the race card.
The Republican presidential candidate and his staff were upset by a comment Obama made on the campaign trail.
During a campaign speech, the Illinois Democrat told supporters Republicans were trying to make voters scared of him.
“What they’re saying is, well, we know we’re not very good, but you can’t risk electing Obama. You know, he’s new, he’s — he doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency. He — you know, he’s got a — he’s got a funny name. I mean, that’s basically the argument, he’s too risky,” Obama said.
McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, jumped on the comment.
“Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong,” Davis said in a written statement.

McCain agreed with Davis, telling reporters he was “very disappointed” that Obama had used the race card.”Race will not have any role in my campaign, nor is there any place for it. I’m disappointed that he’s used it.” 
The back and forth came a day after Davis unveiled a new McCain attack ad comparing Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, insisting in a conference call with reporters that Obama was the biggest celebrity in the world.
A report out the same day said about a third of McCain’s advertisements are negative attacks on Obama, while 90 percent of Obama’s ads don’t even mention McCain.
Obama spokesman David Plouffe told reporters Obama in no way used race as an issue and that McCain’s camp was trying to distract voters from larger issues.
“Folks ought to just buckle up their seat belts,” he added. “We assume this is what the campaign will be like.”

McCain dismissed Democratic charges he was taking the low road, saying Obama had “run negative ads on me continuously, and I might point out for the record that his was the first.” 

So what do you think? Does the McCain campaign have a legitimate complaint? Or is this just part of a strategy of using negative attacks erode Obama’s standing with voters? 


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Barack Obama was exactly correct… The Republicans have been campaigning for President ever since Richard Nixon by instilling fear, uncertainty and doubt in the voting public.
There’s no reason to believe that this year will be any different.

Don’t believe me? Just look at how many of McCain’s ads try to make us afraid of Obama as opposed to explaining where McCain stands on any particular issue.

Posted by J. L. Mathis | Report as abusive

Mccain’s campaign is deliberately injecting race into the campaign in an attempt to appeal to white uneducated voters who are very defensive and touchy about race issues. Attempting to paint Obama as an elitist is part of the same tactic. Rick Davis also said “celebrity” obama was elitist because he worked out 3x per day and cared about the price of alugara (pardon my spelling). What makes me CRAZY is that McCain is the one who has 6 houses, wears $500 shoes, racks up hundred thousand dollar credit-card bills, and has the disgraceful audacity to say Obama is elitist and out of touch. Voters who are persuaded by this deserve the 4 years of misery they are voting for.

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive

Seems like John McCain is running a sleaze campaign. Just look at who he has heading up his campaign. I hope the American people are as fed up with this kind of campaign as I am.

Posted by William Robinson | Report as abusive

As a registered independent and having voted republican, independent and democrat over the years I have to say this election just sucks. There’s not a single candidate who’s worthy of being president… and no… there hasn’t been in years now. While I think McCain’s campaign is stretching things a bit I also think Obama needs to watch what he says as well.

Neither candidate has a realistic plan for their presidency and both of them will be horrible for the country. It’s a shame we don’t have a strong 3rd party because this would sure be the year one could win.

Posted by Independant | Report as abusive

It is apparent from McCain’s campaign ads of negativity that the head liar of them all, Karl Rove, is alive and well in GOP politics.

They prove over and over again how they have no shame, no ethics, no morals.

Posted by Dare Vrap | Report as abusive

It sounds like Mccain’s campaigne is lashing out desperately in all directions. It is a shame that negative attacks and misinformation are the prime republican strategy in this race.

Posted by joseph williams | Report as abusive

McCain is the one coming off as unpresidential. He has too make this election about wierd things like celebrity status, suits, and shoes. On issues McCain loses. I guess that is why he is now appearing so angry. On being presidential, McCain loses bigtime!

Posted by Keith Newman | Report as abusive

It’s pretty clear at this point that McCain’s campaign message is “Obama will be a bad president.” It didn’t work for Kerry against Bush. On the other hand, Kerry was fighting an incumbent. Maybe the high-attack strategy will be more effective against a contender on more even ground.

Posted by Andrey | Report as abusive

For crying out load, at seventy-two, with a multi-millionaire wife, and all the “experience” he touts, Sen. McCain sure comes out class-less and childish. These kinds of ads do nothing but reinforce the intelligence, wisdom, and class of Senator Obama – who IS going to be our next President. And thank goodness for that. Every ad I’ve seen from the McCain camp mentions Obama – all I’ve seen from Obama is respect towards McCain.

Posted by Rick Vila | Report as abusive

John McCain is taking a page out of the Swiftboat Veterans playbook. He has turned to a nasty, negative and suggestive campaign strategy (with very little focus on actual issues that matter to voters), and the media are giving his ads free airtime while they “discuss” the merits of the ads. This is a sign of desperation on McCain’s part–if he were with the voters on issues, he would not need to play these divisive games.

Posted by Eileen | Report as abusive

If Mr. McCain is so stupid to have taken Mr. Obama’s bait I for one don’t want him in the Oval Office!!!!! You go Barack!!!!

Posted by Eric | Report as abusive

The McCain campaign knew exactly what it was doing including the ‘who…Me!?” faux outrage when Obama called them on it.
While it’s clear that McCain is going surprisingly negative surprisingly early I’m more disappointed that the result is 24/7 coverage of the smears.

Posted by Paul Dirks | Report as abusive

No, McCain played the only card out there. It’s sad that he has nothing else to say but comparisons of Obama with Britany Spears. She’s a republican after all and supports Bush. But then he is “just a Bush clone”.

Posted by JR | Report as abusive

I am very disappointed that McCain has chosen this type of tactic for his campaign. The straight talk express needs a name change. Here comes the SH*T Talk Express. It appears that he doesn’t know what the “race card” is. What a turd.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

Obama continues to play the race card. He’s been doing it since day one. He’s sly about it. Says he’ll never play the race card, that he’ll never make race an issue, but then does. And does some more. From all those comments about ‘typical white’ people to hanging out at that church, to that fake black southern accent he puts on (he was raised by whites in Hawaii, so where does that fake accent come from?) to constantly bringing up issues of race on his own and then saying that it’s not an issue… this guy is spinning circles.

Posted by LC Fine | Report as abusive

Of course Mc Cain is playing games. What else has the man to play?

Posted by TheBookkeeper | Report as abusive

I will be greatly disappointed if the American people are so afraid of having a black president that they vote for a continuation of the worst presidency in the nations history. Worst by any measure: deficits, deceit, war crimes and dishonor. It would be a really sad commentary on our nations electorate.

Posted by Murphy Maloney | Report as abusive

I can’t believe serious journalist is asking if Obama is playing the race card, as if there is any doubt. As a black person I can tell you that Obama is playing on every white person’s fear. No one wants to be called racist. Obama took racism and lowered the bar so much that to be a racist you only have to say that you won’t vote for Obama. That’s his special way of shutting people who disagree with him up.

White people are like children in a way, they are easily manipulated. Whites have been so programmed to PC that making them feel guilt is as easy as saying “You don’t like me because I’m black.”

Obama is betting that since he got away with labeling Bill Clinton of all people racist, then he can get away with labeling anyone a racist. He’s edging his bet.

America deserve better.

Posted by coolrepublica | Report as abusive

I think McCain is so desperate for media attention he will stop at nothing including the tried and true certain-elements-of-the-right of disinformation, misinformation, and outright lies.
He is, I think, a mean spirited petty person whose ego is outraged by being upstaged by anyone.
As far as I’m concerned anyone nasty enough to refer publicly to his wife as a C WORD won’t blink an eye at the N WORD, uttered or implied.

Posted by patricia | Report as abusive

McCain complains too much about this. His complaint, like his race-baiting ad showing Obama with two notoriously promiscuous white women was intended to raise the race issue.

The Spears/Hilton ad was written by the same GOP race baiters who wrote the ‘Fancy Ford’ campaign to attack another Black Democrat as an ‘uppity n*’.

And now we find out that McCain was planning to criticize Obama if he did visit those troops in Germany, they had an alternative ad planned attacking him for visiting.

McCain really is showing that behind the ‘straight talk’ schtick he is just another dishonest politician whose been in Washington far too long.

Posted by Phill Hallam-Baker | Report as abusive

The race-card charge is accurate. What on earth else would Obama have been referring to with the reference to the image on the currency–that his ears are bigger than those of past Presidents, or that he is skinnier?

Posted by C. Thomas | Report as abusive

David, you’re the one playing games with partisan politics. Get off the stage and let the candidates speak for themselves.

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive

McCain has given the control of his campaign over to Carl Rove. From here on in it will be smear city. Just what the American public needs. Four months of right wingnut garbage. There is not a single issue on which the right wingers can run so they have to smear the opponent. Everything they have been in charge of for eight years is broken. What a mess.

For more of the same vote John McCain.

Posted by pgo | Report as abusive

I am an ex-Republican, long impressed with Obama and the changes he’s proposed, so I can not say that some bias does not show in my opinions. However, while Obama just about always talks about hope for the future, McCain just about always talks about fear of the future. I’m tired of being afraid, I’m tired of Republicans that prey on the fear of the unknown. It was a very shrewd, subliminal advertising move to place fear about Obama in an advertisement that juxtaposes his image on that of two white women. McCain did it, he approved the advertisement. Now he wants to complain when he’s called for it. He got caught and the best defense is to point the finger at someone else.

Posted by Larry | Report as abusive

The same people who helped Bush trash McCains image with negative attack adds and misinformation are at it aggain. This is the go to play when ever a repulican recognizes that their oppent is a much better candidate. McCain was rightfully outraged when they did it to him. Now he is just a desperate hypocrite.

Posted by joseph williams | Report as abusive

I don’t think Obama is pulling the race card per se. He does speak the truth, though. Has anyone heard Sean Hannity recently? The inexperience tack isn’t working, so the GOP is forced to peddle insecurity rather than substance. That said, I haven’t seen McCain do the sort of attacks that Obama was talking about, but as an institution, insecurity seems to be the only strategy that the GOP has left. Don’t believe it? Go talk to a conservative. They will surely bring up everything that Obama was talking about. I still hear some of my right-wing friends warning people that Obama is Muslim.

Posted by Kellen | Report as abusive

McCain is the biggest cry-baby that I think I’ve ever seen in a political race…especially for president. He is so full of it and he knows it…running scared; he has lowered himself to than of pond scum.

Posted by bill | Report as abusive

The Obama statement “…he doesn’t look like the other presidents” is an obvious reference to color. Therefore, it is legitimate for the McCain campaign to note that Obama is playing the race card.

Posted by Ron Consiglio | Report as abusive

John McCain as President would be no better ( and possibly worse ) than George Bush… and he and his team know it… so their main tactic in getting him elected is classic Karl Rove textbook… throw as much mud at the opponent as possible ( all the while acting innocent ) and hope some of it sticks. I believe it’s all down-hill from here on for the next 90 days. It worked for Bush twice… so they’re hoping America will fall for this garbage again. If we do, then we surely deserve the 4-8 more years of pain and suffering that’s sure to follow !!!

Posted by spiritguide | Report as abusive

McCain is a POW again, letting himself be locked into a prison of negativism by the Karl Rove smear machine he hired to run his campaign. They are putting words and ideas in his mouth that don’t fit the “straight shooter” persona that seems to have brought him the nomination. He should break out and be his own man. He’s looking very “Bush-league” at the moment.

Posted by Charles | Report as abusive

Obama played the race card. No one in the Republicann capaign has brought up Obama’s race — the press would savage them if they did – but the press is in love with Obama and istead of challenginh him directly you wrong articles with a question as if to implicate Mccain

— Obama has done this himself with great malice of forethought — it is designed to play the victim

— Obama is the oine who describes himself as black — when he wants to and this is not the first time he has trotted out the “poor me, I am different” line.

His manager said during the campaign for the Dem nomination that this campaign was not about the issues but about personality. We are seeing Obama playing the victim personality.

The American people generally cite politicians and lawyers at the bottom of the esteem chart. Obama is a lawyer politician who never has dodne anyhting but run for office — and when in office he has done nothing except run for the next office.

So his campaign manager is playing this exactly the way he must — Big Hat No Cattle.

Posted by bart | Report as abusive

John McCain and his camp continue to whine and moan. If he truly wanted people to see him as a better candidate than Barack Obama, then he should start seriously addressing the issues at hand and show us he has a better plan. Otherwise Mr. McCain, just go sit in your corner and whine all you want. We’re not listening anyway.

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

Obama is clearly using the race card and it is the foundation of his campaign. In one breath, he is making history and in another, he is being charactarized as “looking different.” He is employing the race card from both sides to his benefit.

Posted by Too Tall | Report as abusive

When Bush came to be the President, we had a sound economy, which is why people wanted to vote for a guy “because they’d like to have a beer with him”. When Bush came to power the second time, the country was scared of the terror attacks. Given the state of the economy and the fact that both elections were amazingly close, no way McCain is winning this one … Unless a false-flag terror operation happens, which would scare the country even more.

Posted by Max | Report as abusive

Are there any reporters out there who are up to the task of seriously addressing McCain’s bizarre adds concerning Obama’s popularity on the world stage? Is it not the case that Obama’s unprecedented popularity abroad may translate directly to expanded US power and influence in foreign affairs. Am I wrong……anybody? Has this issue already been treated in the media and I just missed it, or is everyone just focused on the drama?

With Obama in office, politicians in Europe and other parts of the world may think twice before making bold moves against US interests. With McCain in office, politicians abroad will continue to score points by taking jabs at the US.

Everyone forget about Paris Hilton for a minute and let’s talk about this.

Posted by nathan woodard | Report as abusive

Hey, the race card worked on Hillary… why not use it on McCain?

Posted by Cartman | Report as abusive

Here is the thing:
If Barack Hussein Obama is playing race card, then Ms.Clinton had played woman card, and McCain is playing SENIOR card.

Posted by sterling-frighten | Report as abusive

McCain does not have a legitimate complaint. Obama’s opponents are saying and implying exactly what he said. Not McCain himself perhaps, but some Republicans, yes. And McCain’s advertising campaign is nothing if not an attempt to make voters fear the possibility of an Obama presidency. He has taken quite an alarming turn in the last few weeks that really has dampened my previous opinion of him as a person who would stand with his principals during the election, especially in regards to the way he was treated in 2000. From the way things are going, I expect the McCain folks to come up with a complaint on the slightest sound out of the mouths of the Obama folks, and it’s a real pity. He could take the chance to show why he thinks he would make a better president. I’m frankly surprised more people are not condemning him for his apparently false and widely misleading spots. He needs to step up his act soon or he is really done for.

Posted by Oregonian in CT | Report as abusive

Liberal Reuters

You forgot his comments in Jacksonville Florida. You knwo were he said the GOP will tell everyone he’s black???? Like we can’t see. I see an America. Stop the half stories and tell it all. HE’s IS PLAYING THE RACE CARD.

Posted by zenon | Report as abusive

McCain is running scared. I do not feel Obama’s comment was race oriented. Everyone has made fun of Obama’s name, even the media , Republicans, Democrats and his own party. He is different, so what.

Posted by Dan Gray | Report as abusive

McCain is sadly like the Dodo bird, except he’s still walking around. The Republican party could have done much better, should have done much better. Sad, very sad.

Posted by lance manfredi | Report as abusive

I might be naive, but I hope we are at a turning point. If Obama can continue to run a campaign that avoids attacking McCain 90% of the time, and he says, “Show the world that the election of the president of the United States is not dependent on negative attack ads,” and he wins…perhaps his victory would shape the future of political campaigns in the United States. We need to see that victory is achievable without the negativity and drama that seem to characterize McCain’s campaign. Maybe Obama can maintain the high road.

Posted by Gary | Report as abusive

It’s all so irrelevant. The message these quibbles send is that the political advisors really believe the voters are stupid. They think we want to hear the candidates tattle-tale on each other & quibble and whine about what the other is getting away with. McCain I’ve been a supporter but I’m disappointed to see so much this coming out of your camp. Obama, do your best to stick to the high road, it is very very appealing when you do that. Far more appealing than any of your advisors realize. Stick to the issues gentlemen, stop whining, don’t insult our intelligence with this juvenile nonsense. You’ve already got our ear. Tell us how you plan to lead this great country of ours.

Posted by Hylas | Report as abusive

I for one have been sorely disappointed with Obama’s tactics. I used to be refreshed to hear him speak with fervor and optimism, and I enjoyed his promises to not engage in negative politics. Since then however, I feel that he has concentrated largely on non-political issues such as race and image. He has suggested frequently that his race is being used against him (which I have yet to see any evidence of), and he has made attacks on other candidates starting with Hilary. I don’t know who I am voting for yet, but with each day it seems that the idealism that Obama once used to epitomize is fading.

Posted by Peter Zarella | Report as abusive

I am interested in issues, not smear. Sen. McCain and his campaign seem fixated on Sen. Obama’s generally positive public perception and his attraction to media attention. His negative ads do not sway interested and unbiased voters. If he has something substantive to say on issues of import, let him say it. Personal attacks validate a strategy targeted to the lowest common denominators of political rhetoric. Only those who are locked in to voting Republican will find these personal attacks as having any substance. Those, like myself, who wish to know the specifics of Sen. McCain’s policy priorities find this kind of attack strategy off putting. I have no party affiliation.

Posted by Homer Peel | Report as abusive

McCain’s new team is now Bush’s old team, all guys who worked with Rove, who is of course a McCain adviser. Every campaign they’ve been in has featured attacks on the opponent, branding him (Gore, Kerry, Obama) as a flip-flopping pansy who is not patriotic.
So, yes, they’re playing games, the same old games. Obama’s anti-McCain ads have all been critiques of McCain’s policies, while McCain’s have all been attacks on Obama’s character and distortions of his policies.
McCain is not a straight talker, nor a maverick, just another gutter politician who will say anything and lies about his opponents.

Posted by Phil Kline | Report as abusive

Say and vote “No!” for the empty “O”…Obama needs to attend economics for 9th graders and is as devisive as any politician…by the way, what is this “poor” man’s salary right now?
Obama HAS played the race card…and he knows it…strange from someone Caucasian votes helped make him a candidate for President…tell the almighty vacillator “No thanks!”, I rather vote for a genuine black leader…where’s Cosby?

Posted by John E. Davies | Report as abusive

McCain is totally out of line. The Republicans have been discretely and indiscreetly hinting that Obama is a Muslim/risky, anti-American (AKA is different than the traditional American appearance). Obama has rightly responded by exposing their position and pointing out the inanity of the McCain camp. I along with I am sure many Americans didn’t think of the race card besides when McCain camp brought it up. I am sure to focus our thoughts on “race” instead of anything of importance such as how much GW has messed up this country.
The McCain camps thinks that America is a bunch of idiots who think associating that Obama with Spears and Hilton is a strategy to get them votes. Obama has been very prudent in pointing out that this and asserting that this distraction will not make a single persons’ life better and is politics as usual–a game rather than a means to make American great. Shame on McCain.

Posted by Matt B | Report as abusive

yes, i think JM is correct by pointing this “bottom of the deck” play by the BO camp. it is the second time BO has used this tactic.

the first time he actually suggested that republicans will try to scare voters by saying, “…and did i mention he’s black.”

suggesting that he doesn’t resemble the faces on our currency COULD mean that he doesn’t wear powdered wigs, but i suspect that he is refering to race, again.

both men have only their own words to indicate what they feel. putting JM aside for the moment, BO is saying that HE BELIEVES his race will be used as a negative tactic by the other side, pure and simple.

if anybody else used a phrase resembling those two remarks, they would be skewered for being racist in every media outlet immediately, for good reason. to a point, anybody who would use race to degrade another would be an idiot. by thinking BO needs to disarm that attack by continuing to mention it speaks to his attitude about a large part of this country.

if he really believes that a majority of people in this country (or just a small minority running the campaigns) will suggest that a black man cannot be president by virtue of the fact that he is black, then BO needs to say that flat out, or stop bringing it up in backhanded comments.

Posted by Kurt | Report as abusive

McCain’s campaign sounds a little desperate for any press coverage at all. I think the campaig is justified in using whatever issue they want to manufacture for this purpose as that is what the campaign needs to do. I do not think there is any substance to the campaign’s charges. But in the long run it does not matter to the campaign whether there is anything substantive or not, just that it moves them closer to their end goal. That the ends justifies the means in politics is the real problem.

Posted by Noone | Report as abusive

My man Obama definitely used the race card. And why shouldn’t he?!?! Race IS the issue in this campaign and the one that will get Obama in the White House!

Posted by Darrell Jackson | Report as abusive

It sounds like Obama is not talking about the fact he is black black, but is talking about the fear people have expressed about him looking Muslim, not his actual race.

Posted by Brian | Report as abusive

Obama’s “attacks” against McCain all seem to be fair play to me. The main point Obama makes about McCain time and again is that McCain will continue the policies of Bush. Although this is a simplification, it is true in a number of meaningful areas. McCain has layed out much the same policy positions as Bush on the war in Iraq, the housing crisis, oil drilling in coastal waters, pushing more coal power plants, and extending tax cuts.

In contrast, McCain has recently attacked Obama as being unpatriotic. He has said he does not support the troops. He has compared him to ditzy, tabloid celebrities. He has even blamed the rise in gasoline prices on the junior Senator from Illinois. These are all baseless attacks on Obama’s character. They have nothing to do with Obama’s policy positions.

In short, I see Obama running a campaign of ideas and McCain, at least for the last couple weeks, running a campaign of smears.

Posted by fletc3her | Report as abusive

I’m an “independent” voted for Nixon and then for Carter, Yea I know.
But the republican dirty tricks people make me sick. Worse is that this
practice seems to work. I don’t know if I would ever vote republican
again no matter who ran.

Posted by Randy Hansen | Report as abusive

McCain is letting his “crew” push him around. He just turns and nods his head like you would expect. I can’t believe there are still so many Americans that can’t see past the crap McCain is dishing out. Obama may not be perfect but he’s better than any candidate I’ve seen in my lifetime.

Posted by Ethan | Report as abusive

I think Obama is a snake oil salesman. He’s in love with the sound of his voice and would say or do almost anything to curry favor with the voters, including making definitive statements to win the primary, then revising those statements after they had served their purpose.

Posted by Edward Smith | Report as abusive

Obama definately played the race card, and not once but over and over. This kind of person is not fit to be the president of the United States, the president of Jack in the Box, the president of anything, nor is one like him fit to be any kind of leader. This kind of person would not attempt to lead all of the people, but would only favor people that are like him.

Posted by Dee Mayberry | Report as abusive

Just want to thank John McCain. I have been a Hillary supporter and not all that enthusiastic about Barack Obama. Since McCain has decided to enter the gutter I have just made my first contribution to the Obama campaign. McCain is pathetic.

Posted by Joshua McDavid | Report as abusive

Welcome to typical Republican campaigning. Smear, slime, falsehoods and innuendo. Repeat over and over and over. McCain is letting the RNC take over his failing campaign and it shows. A true sign of desperation.

Posted by thebob.bob | Report as abusive

I wonder how long Rick Davis has been waiting for Obama to say ANYTHING that he could twist into some kind of “race-card” play, or if anyone else would have made the same claim he has about Obama’s comments (doubtful, with the exception of FOX).
The McCain camp just ends up looking childish, desperately grasping for some sensational sound bite to to take the wind out of Obama’s sails.

Posted by Marchelo | Report as abusive

McCain is playing games. While your research shows a third of his ads are negative ads regarding Obama, it seems to me that almost everthing out of the McCain Campaign in the last month or two has been negative. Frankly, he strikes me as just an angry old man. And yes, I said old. McCain is not the first man to get angrier and more bitter with age. That is not to say that everyone ages so gracelessly, but if it quakes like a duck . . . .

Posted by michael stehle | Report as abusive

The latter, obviously. If pointing out that he’ll be the first black president is playing the race card, I’ll eat my hat. McCain’s campaign is desperately trying to fend off the implacable advance of a political newbie who’s half his age, so it’s no surprise that they’d introduce race into the campaign by claiming that Obama did it first. John McCain: America will not be fooled by your ridiculous antics. Please, act your age sir.

Posted by Wandering Lawstudent | Report as abusive

Obama is a question mark, but McCain is a well documented scumbag. It’s not much a choice, an old man who is borderline senile or a younger man with no track record. Why is it that neither the Democrats or the Republicans can deliver quality candidates to us voters?

Posted by Tom H | Report as abusive

Same old tired Republican negative campaign media tactics.
It’s getting old and it doesn’t afffect the vote anymore. It just give the right wing bigots something to chatter about for a few days.

Posted by Harry | Report as abusive

Obama has played the race card over and over.

1. Republicans will tell you not to vote for me because I am black!

2. They will tell you not to vote for me because I am black!

3. First they say I am not black enough then they say I am too black!

Barack Hussein Obama’s message is a message of division. The more he speaks, the more we find that his depth does not go beyond his community activist days. The more he speaks, the more he seems to emulate Revernd Wright. His demanor is not healthy for the black community. I would be much more impressed had he taken a Powel like high road, but he hasnt. I feel he is either getting bad advise or he is trying to stir the pot so he can raise as much capital for the DNC as he can for congressional races etc. With his present message of division with constant racial undertones does not bode well for him in the next coming months regardless of VP choice. iA

Posted by Stephan Andrew Brodhead | Report as abusive

McCain has and will continue to take the low road, it’s the Carl Rove school of politics. The real question is, will Americans be duped yet again?

Posted by P B | Report as abusive

Seriously? Sen. McCain thinks *that* statement is using the race card. Maybe he needs to diversify his inner circle so he knows what an “[insert catch phrase] card” really sounds like.

Geesh with that ability to misinterpret statements do we need that guy negotiating with foreign governments from the Oval Office?

Posted by Mabelle | Report as abusive

I used to have respect for John McCain. Not anymore.

To call Obama’s comment race related is grasping at straws, to say the least. And have you seen McCain’s attack ads? They’re almost complete fabrications! Check out for an analysis of these ads. Sorry John. Your conduct in this campaign has shown me that you are NOT the man for the job.

Posted by relaxedave | Report as abusive

John McCain has the unpleasant task of following George Bush, arguably the worst U.S. President in our history. He supports tax cuts for the rich while the country circles the drain and ensnared us into invading a sovereign country, distroying it’s army and police and turning loose a civil war that we are now trying to peacekeep. John McCain supports Bush and promises more of the same, so what does he have left but the race card.

What Obama said was prefectly true. He doesn’t look like the people on our currency, he has a funny name and he is black. And the Republicans are highlighting these characcteristics because they don’t have anything else. They can’t say he is brillant, a great speaker and a person that is inspiring America with the hope that we can change our country and help change the world.

Posted by Philip Aker | Report as abusive

The only racism here is on the McCain side. Who called out racism first, McCain. Who calls out racist as an issue, McCain. McCain is a racist, plain and simple.

Posted by JR | Report as abusive

“He — you know, he’s got a — he’s got a funny name.” Have you ever heard this said by a candidate about themselves in their day’s of running for office? Clinton? Johnson? Carter? John Kennedy?

How would voters have responded to Kennedy taking on Obama’s form referencing his Irish or Catholic roots? Obama’s statements are Obama’s, no one put those words in his mouth! He’s playing where others have never gone. Is there any value to that will impact our state of affairs as a nation with these statements? How does his statement relate to terrorism, the economy, our forces overseas, the world climate? McCain is right to challenge Obama’s play on words…it’s off track, a low blow and has nothing to do with the way our government will move forward and work to improve our lives. I am so unimpressed with Obama’s recent theatrics.

An independent looking for some sign of a leader capable of lifting us and these two bickering political parties out of the muck, mire and $$$. We need a leader that will lead ‘we the people’ vs. ‘we who PAY for your campaign, we with the bags of $$$’.

Posted by Richard Spellman | Report as abusive

For months, Republicans (and before that, Hillary Clinton’s people), have been hammering Obama, trying to make him appear to be a secret Muslim, and stirring up racial concerns. The Fox news idiots are at it constantly, “accidentally” mixing his name up with Osama bin Laden’s and claiming that a hip fist bump between Obama and his wife was a “terrorist” fist bump. Why does everyone think that The New Yorker came out with that satirical cover (that bombed so badly)? Obama is reacting to the slander — and he never said McCain was to blame. He said “Republicans” which is accurate.

McCain sounds like he’s playing both of the lead roles in “Grumpy Old Men.”

Posted by Puh-leeze | Report as abusive

McCain is totally out of line. The Republicans have been discretely and indiscreetly hinting that Obama is a Muslim/anti-American/risky (AKA is different than the traditional American Presidents’ appearance). Obama has rightly responded by exposing their thinly disguised, inane attacks. I along with many Americans probably did not even consider the “race card” until McCain brought it up. One has to question why instead of responding in a subsitanitve way he chose to respond in pure racial terms. This has been a recurring in the McCain camp to dumb down the debate in pure Machiavellian terms. Real life, the world we live in is not black and white–its is my great hope that America will prove this in November.

Posted by Matt B | Report as abusive

There very same pattern exists in some personal relationships too. Person A berates person B constantly and viciously, lies about them to everybody else, etc.. And then, if person B ever points out what is going on, person A turns it around so that he is the victim of Bs ‘ridiculous’ accusations. A more feverish pitch is usually used to bewilder and intimidate B during this latter phase. The funny thing is that people put up with this crap, both on the political and personal sphere. We know reality has been maliciously distorted, but we just adjust to it. It happens more in rural areas because there is less alternative to the reality given to you anyway. Hence the development of the modern republican campaign strategy.

Posted by chris | Report as abusive

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McCain is a total hypocrite. He runs an ad linking Barack Obama with two white women known as sex objects. The merest suspicion of black men being linked with white women has led to men and boys being lynched and murdered right up to the present day. The ad is pure dog-whistle racism and for McCain to say he is proud of it, is just stunning. He owes Obama an abject apology.

Posted by Ray Dobson | Report as abusive

It’s nothing but hypocrisy to criticize Obama for “playing the race card” immediately after running such a slimy, shallow attack ad against him. Obama didn’t say he’s being attacked because he’s black – he said he’s being attacked because he’s not the same old Washington politician McCain and his friends are used to tearing down.

The McCain campaign has mocked Americans who support Obama for being on the “bandwagon.” They don’t like increased involvement in the political process, and they don’t like candidates who demonstrate a real ability to lead. McCain has demonstrated just how desperate he is this week – and its going to come back to bite him.

Posted by charlie | Report as abusive

Let’s see McCain runs an ad showing a black man and a couple of blond white women, and says its a rip on Obama’s celebrity. I can’t help but wonder if McCain opened up the race card. I’m pretty sure that ad is airing in the deep south.

Watch out America, Obama wants all white women!

Also this is happening at a good time for McCain because he wanted to make the news be about him, when all else fails go negative.

I expect that once the racial implications of McCain’s new ad become clear McCain will drop the race issue and get back to championing Oil Drilling For A Brighter Tomorrow.

Posted by Jason | Report as abusive

Obama’s statement was fair, and on target. the McCain campaign spokesperson’s comment (“bottom of the deck”) was way beyond the pale; just an effort to inject a discussion of race into the Presidential campaign. In other words, the McCain campaign “played the race card.” Know what, though? That card won’t trump the substance of the Obama campaign, which is based on a call to the American people (all of us) to make the fundamental changes that are so long overdue: economic, social, and environmental. We are wise that the McCain promise is just four more years of more Bush league incompetence and inattention. Can’t wait till we have a new President who will start demanding, of us all, that we begin moving in a new direction!

Posted by Gary Patton | Report as abusive

No, McCain does not have a legitimate complaint. First of all, what Obama said wasn’t “playing the race card”, secondly Obama has to address the smears against him coming from a variety of sources, not just the mouth of John McCain, thirdly Obama has been subject to much more scrutiny over the past 9 months by the media and his opponents in part because he is black, fourthly John McCain has been spouting a string of lies a mile long for the past 3 weeks impugning Obama’s integrity, beliefs, and policies, and this “reaction” from the McCain camp is quite absurd and over the top, about the same as was Bill Clinton’s claim that Obama “played the race card” on him after his South Carolina “Jessie Jackson” comment. Ridiculous!

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Posted by ELLIOTT | Report as abusive

john mcCain is beginning to show just how pathetic he really is. he cant talk issues because he’s flip flopped around so much to the point where he needs to read from a scripted piece of paper. seem familiar?

Posted by antony rieck | Report as abusive

John McCain and his campaign remind me of my teenage son who won’t take responsibility for anything, but lashes out with negatives to distract from his own immature and childish behavior. Obama plays the race card just being he’s black in a white man’s game, but McCain is bluffing with a pair of deuces and a cheesy smile. He’s trying to make us not notice that he’s a dud.

Posted by John Reid | Report as abusive

McCain has had his finger on the trigger waiting to accuse Obama of using the race card. The McCain ad was nothing but bait to get a response out of the Obama camp and they figured now was the time to fire.

Posted by ed kloth | Report as abusive

I think McCain feigning shock and horror that Obama might play a “dishonorable” card — whatever that card might be — is pretty rich considering for the last two weeks, dishonorable is the only card McCain has offered. Obama’s right: McCain has been trying to make Americans feel afraid to vote for Obama. I personally feel that Obama wasn’t trying to pull the race card. He was just defending himself. Moreover, I feel that McCain is only making the race card claim to further smear Obama.

Either way, if McCain can’t take it, he should stop dishing it out.

Posted by Katie | Report as abusive

I never saw the race card mentioned till Jake Tapper of ABC brought it up last night in his blog. I assume it was jumped on by other media types, and then grabbed by the McCain campaign. In other words, they never thought that one up by themselves. Don’t doubt for a minute that those Rove types in the McCain campaign know every trick in the book to play the race card and then feign indignation.

Posted by Susan | Report as abusive

I believe that McCain is desperate and will do anything to drag Obama down. What a shame and a sham. I am already sick of his negativity and don’t think I can stomach any more of it and we still have many months to go. I hope Obama goes on the attack and lets the public know that he will tolerate this kind of campaigning. It is not necessary. If McCain doesn’t have the support and the substance to run against a unique, qualified and inspirational candidate who will finally get us out of the messes created by Bush and the Republicans, then he shouldn’t be running at all. It is vitally important that Obama get elected. The feeling that we must not elect another person who will do anything to get elected is palpable. We’ve had enough. Let’s hear the substance and quit the immature, stupid, false and despicable accusations that pose as political ads.

Posted by J.P. | Report as abusive

I believe the McCain campaign attempt to make a thinly veiled reference to Obama’s race by saying that he “doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency”, and noting that he has a “funny name”. Typical white guy back room chatter from a generation not yet ready to accept differences. The same issue and comments would have come up if Hillary had won the Democratic primary race, except the terms would have been labeled “sexist”. I do not feel Obama used the “race card”. It was used by McCain’s campaign to refer to Obama. Not much different than Geraldine Ferraro’s reference to Obama’s race, saying he is using it to his advantage. That’s all B.S., and typical campaign smut. You don’t think that McCain would use his “white” image to win? This comment is from a 59 yr old white guy who is ready to accept that a woman or a non-white can lead us. They certainly can’t do any worse than George W!

Posted by Bill LaPlante | Report as abusive

So what do you think? Does the McCain campaign have a legitimate co

If 90 percent of Obama’s ads do not mention him, McCain cannot claim that he is featured, derisively or not.

We have read about a certain childishness in the McCain response. And the “I might point out for the record that his was the first” rings very close to “s/he did it first!” comments frequently heard on the playground.

Posted by Sarah Bowles | Report as abusive

That’s nonsense. McCain is negative and would rather talk about the bad in others than anything else. He’s a hater, and he thinks that makes him effective. He seems like the guy who if he ever smiled at me and shook my hand, I’d know he was just flexing those jaw muscles, and it wasn’t sincere.

Posted by Bostonian | Report as abusive

The Republicans will try to run the most divisive, racist campaign possible – especially now that former Bush operatives appear to be in control of McCain’s campaign. It’s still early days, and we haven’t seen anything yet. They’re still just warming up. Obama is right to call them out. He knows what’s in store, and he’s trying to preempt the viciousness that’s about to come down the pike.

Posted by Mark O | Report as abusive

Just from my perspective, I havent seen any negative ads from obama, but ive seen a ton of negative ads (which were pretty dumb) about him. It appears as though obama is campaigning for the office, and mccain is campaigning agaisnt obama.

Posted by Taihunter | Report as abusive

Seems like McCain is driving the low road express and has stooped even lower into his pit by hiring some of Rove’s men to savage Obama. Tsk. Tsk. Where is the McCain of old?

He sounds desperate, envious, and grouchy. He is incapable of even memorizing a speech. Notice how he is always reading his words when in comparison Obama knows exactly what to say and seems never to even refer to notes.

In all due respect, it’s time for him to throw in the towel. The best thing he can do for his country now is to help veer us in the right direction by admitting that Obama is the one.

Posted by Kathy Green | Report as abusive

If it is already this ugly in July, is there a chance they will tear each other down and give a third party a real shot this year?

Obama is a new face on old policies, and McCain is a familiar face on old policies. Their similarities far exceed their differences.

~ Rachel

Posted by Rachel Farer | Report as abusive

McCain is showing less and less integrity all the time.
His lack of vision is dramatic and seems like a robot spewing anything his handlers hand him. A Manchurian Candidate, if I ever saw one

Posted by Steven | Report as abusive

obama said the same thing durning a Florida campaign speech months ago. it was not considered playing the race card then…now it is? mccain you are too old to know what ia going on from day to day

Posted by yvonne lowry | Report as abusive

John McCain is the one using Rovian tactics, playing dirty, smearing, insulting, ads . . . McCain has not said anything about what he stands for. He has flip flopped on almost every issue. His only argument is to tell why NOT to vote for Obama. He stands for nothing at all except hate and fear. We’re tired of the rhetoric. Obama offers a chance to get away from dirty politics and make a real change in the way things are done in government. Bush has blood on his hands, hundreds of thousands of human beings have died on his watch. He has driven us into debt, wasted our resources. McCain would only continue on the same road. If they are so patriotic why are they sending all of our tax dollars to Iraq and letting our own infrastructure crumble? McCain continues to lie, to distort the facts, and to make unforgivable errors in judgement – yet the media gives him a pass every time. Why is that? Get out of the way, old man, it’s time for a new generation to that the wheel.

Posted by Zhava | Report as abusive

Can any intelligent human being argue that John McShame tactics are not about fear of the “ black guy” ( everyone wants to forget his mother was white) Anyway, I think these talking points are straight from Fixed Noise Network (Fox), with Karl Rove hands behind them ( his henchmen have recently join John McShame campaign. McShame is dishonest, he had two commercials. One commercial if Senator did visit the hospital and another if he didn’t. Calling Senator Obama a star, wow, who is wearing $520 shoes, wife wearing designer dress at $5000 a piece, McShame and his wife worth more than $100 million with their own private jet while average american are suffering with high gas price, unemployment, and foreclosures. While the John McShame is spending $750 thousand per month and failing to pay taxes on his many houses (seven). Wow, and the guy has the nerve to collect Social Security (even though he hates the program and wants to eliminate it). Not only has John McShame has Fixed Noise (Fox, the Republican’t propaganda network) spreading lies, he also has the so called “liberal media” duped in portraying him has a maverick. This guy has always been mean, joking about women getting rape and said they should enjoy that because they are already there. And he’s not corrupt too, really. Keating five anyone?

Posted by Gerald | Report as abusive

It makes no difference what Obama says or doesn’t say, what he does or doesn’t do, the McCain swift-boaters are prepared to attack. It’s only late July, and already the Republican candidate is running a campaign of desperation. The sleaze merchants McCain has hired have convinced him this is how elections are won. Hey, they used it successfully against him in 2000, didn’t they?

I want to believe most Americans are tired of this. If McCain wants to be remembered as a man of integrity and a true leader, he should take control and start running an honorable campaign. If he ends up winning with these tactics, we all lose.

Posted by Gerry L | Report as abusive

From what I have read there is only 1 person talking about race and that is Obama, there is only 1 person talking about being scaring people and that is Obama and there is only 1 person supporting change without having any substance (or at least no explanation how he would achieve the results) behind him and that is Obama. His only U>S>Senate bill 2433 will require the US to pay an additional 800 plus million dollars to the UN (an organization I really trust to do what is right)to be distributed throughout the 3rd world countries (can anybody guess who would be receiving all this money, the heads of each of the countries and I am really tired of paying for their palaces). I am tired of the media (yes – you) being so outlandishly 1 sided when it comes to Obama.

Posted by JoAnn Rivers | Report as abusive

Barak Obama played the race card and has in the past. He even went over seas and emphasized to the people of Germanany he did not look like them. The only time I have heard anything that implied race with the exception of a newscast it has come from the Obama camp. He is a racist in my mind. I am not happy with McCain and months ago swore I would vote for Obama. He has lost my vote and hopefully others also. It is a sad day in American politics when racism is introduced and it is by a black man that should know better.

Posted by Craig Scott | Report as abusive

McCain’s earlier ad, criticized for suggesting a fictitious reason for Obama canceling a hospital visitation to wounded soldiers in Germany,did accurately state that the IL Senator bever held a hearing on Iraq or visited until now. This should be undebatable.

Similarly, in this ad,Obama’s positions on off-shore drilling and taxation are the substantive content( whether one agrees with the slanted portrayal or not), not the fleeting glimpses of the starlets.

Posted by Michael Grayson | Report as abusive

Beyond any partisan rhetoric this pile of shifting sand should be tred upon only in hip waders…MCcain has flashed his cards…and they are tainted.

Posted by archer1lash | Report as abusive

“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position…the country is caught up in the concept”

“in 1984 if my name was Gerard Ferraro instead of Geraldine Ferraro, I would have never been chosen as a vice presidential candidate. It had nothing to do with my qualification.”

1984 Democratic vice presidential Candidate.

Posted by Wind Water | Report as abusive

Obama did not play the race card. He spoke truthfully in saying that McCain is trying every way possible for character assassination against Obama since it appears that is the only way he can win over Obama. Hopefully, the American people are smart enough to read more than one source. Look at the FOX news story rendition of this same topic and look at a comparison with your news reporting on any political topic to FOX news. It is eye opening to compare. There is professional news reporting and there is politically controlled and censored news, that is not really news at all, but is simply propaganda.

Posted by David Scharp | Report as abusive

John McCain, like Rove Cheney Bush and all the others of this administration, is a flawed human being, not worthy to be in the US government in any capacity.

Posted by Kathlyn Lew | Report as abusive

This is campaign politics at work and McCain is following the script being laid out for him by his campaign team. I believe that John McCain is an straight-shooter, but the words coming out are likely not his own and I would really like to see him stand up.

Unfortunately, going forward, I expect more of the same from his campaign team. The key word will be attack, no matter how trivial the matter. The key message behind the attacks will be to instill fear and uncertainty. I am tired of these tactics and I hope I am not the only one. I expect better from both candidates.

I will be judging the candidates’ merits by not only their qualifications but by the company they keep and in this regard the McCain campaign does not pass the sniff test and really needs to clean up its act. Someone in the back office needs to remember that this is a presidential campaign and they should conduct themselves in a manner more appropriate.

Posted by Frank | Report as abusive

This is just another example of negative campaigning on the part of the McCain campaign. As your article pointed out, and as I have observed, Obama talks about current policy and the need for change. McCain takes shots at Obama. And, his credibility is very thin – considering the misinformation he is circulating about the canceled visit to a German hospital. He needs to get back on the straight talk express bus and leave his political advisors in the dust. Let’s hear about ISSUES.

Posted by Susan Schneider | Report as abusive

McCain seems proud to be a racist! When you are behind go dirty and negative. His true colors are coming out. McCain is saying Obama is uppity, arrogance-code word for not knowing his place. Obama accessed it correctly. McCain and his campaign should be ashamed.

Posted by Maye | Report as abusive

I believe McCain is, unfortunately, correct. The Obama campaign has implied that those that are not for him are somehow racists. It is ugly and divisive.

Posted by lizzie | Report as abusive

Barack Obama did make slight error. Listening to whole speech it was made lightly though. Obama has always tried to take the high road. McCain has not – so far – said things about Race directly to date. Indirectly and very discreetly yes McCain has inserted race. Surrogates have used race and used indirectly also. Claim about being new and can’t risk electing him- yes McCain has attacked here. McCain surrogates have attacked on Obama’s name.

I have found McCain lies so much!! And I verified. Don’t trust anything he says anymore.

Obama has been attacked mercilessly quite strong lately. Attacks were quite vicious and personal and not needed. They are stupid and several totally not true.

Race will definitely be played out by Republican John McCain during this campaign. I know that and everyone lse should too. John McCain said he would run a honorable good campaign staying on the issues. Well, he is not. He will speak about race and use race card more. Look what he is doing already. He is running same Karl Rove Playbook. Smear, attack, complain, and lie big time. Last week John McCain was a basket case. He was a disgrace to the United States of America. Representative of our country were overseas and all he could do was criticize, complain about what they were doing. McCain traveled out of country, and I sure never heard of any criticism or complaints. Respect should be shown during these types of trips

Voters take heed of this explosive man. His temper is well known fact. Examples of his temper can be verified by physical and verbal altercation he had with fellow senators – had to be broken up. Incidents witnessed. Ask his wife that he got loudly angry at and called her a “cu-t.” Seen & witnesses verified who also attended function. And he is one of the Keating Five!! Remember the big savings and loan scandal in California.

FYI – I am a Republican & ashamed to say so. But this long time Republican will be changing parties very soon. Republican Party has become something I don’t recognize anymore.

FYI – I am white – college educated – retired.

I vote Barack Obama!!

Posted by haron | Report as abusive

Boy, McCain must really believe that he is in trouble to try this B/S. Here McCain is, the best he can say is that Obama is too popular, or acting too Presidential, or refutes in any way the scurvy adverts that he has approved. Looks to me like the death throes of a tired old man, in a tired old paradigm, grasping at whatever he can think to say. Especially pitiful coming from a guy who said in the beginning that he would concentrate on the issues and take the high road with no below the belt body slams. Sounds like a Washington hypocrite to me.

Posted by Trawlerman | Report as abusive

I really like the quote at the end… basically McCain saying, ’oh yeah, well he started it!’

Posted by tojo | Report as abusive

This is not the John McCain of 2000. I’m saddened by it. This is John McCain adopting those same horrendous tactics of Rove/Bush which sunk his campaign in 2000.

This is not the John McCain I once idolized.

Posted by JJ | Report as abusive

I really look forward to the presumed debates these candidates will have. At that time, they cannot hide behind their silly negative ads, but will have to focus on issues and what they would do. I suspect that McCain will nearly equal Bush in his ability to look inept and clumbsy.

Posted by KenB | Report as abusive

Where is the substance Senator McCain? Where do you stand on the issues? Please explain your dismal 25 year Senate record– are there too many flip flops? Are we truly back to the Rovian politics of fear? My good friends, if you cannot see that this fellow who has no new ideas, is bordering on senility is truly the risky choice, then we get what we deserve. Please no more McSame– I know I cannot afford 4 more years of Bush.

Posted by pax vobiscum | Report as abusive

The whole this is silly and has little to do is which of the two would make a better President in anybody’s opinion. The advertisements and sound-offs have come down to the level of kindergarteners (apologies to those kindergartners who are offended by this remark) and this is not a way to decide who is a better candidate. I am deeply offended that the candidates and/or the campaign advisors and strategists think these stupid shallow barbs are what the average Americans deserve and want.

Posted by Emi | Report as abusive

By and large, attacks on Senator Obama have done what he himself alluded to: the Obama/Osama comparison, repeated assertions that he is a Muslim (all evidence to the contrary), etc. Let’s not forget that he is, in fact, biracial and therefore does not look like any other President on our dollar bills. However, Senator Obama must be painfully aware of the fact that if he were to play the race card it would backfire. I don’t believe that’s what he did here, despite the assertions of the McCain campaign.

Posted by Ashley H. West | Report as abusive

Yawn. Same old garbage from the McCain campaign. Of course, Obama didn’t say that the McCain campaign would bring up race – he knows that even they aren’t that stupid. He said that his opponents – the GOP and their surrogates would. And he’s RIGHT, because they ALREADY HAVE! It’s not playing the “race card” when someone promotes racism and you call them on it.

Posted by McCain is a panderer | Report as abusive

Race is a huge subtext in this campaign, a reflection of a major subtext of the script of our country.

McCain is desperate and is following the advice of handlers, namely that if he wants to win, his only hope, due to his unconvincing first-grade-reader type presentation, is to stoke the simmering embers of fear and apprehension in the soul of the American belly about the distinct possibility of a black president of these United States.

But to accomplish that end, contrary to what the Republican party is likely doing in private — “This is a BLACK man!!! What don’t you get?!!!” — it must be done very carefully so McCain isn’t perceived as playing “the race card,” thereby outraging the sensibilities of Americans who, despite being extremely squeamish about having a black president, are unwilling to see themselves (and have others see them) as being revolted by the thought of such.

I mean “it” is palatable in THEORY, but we are getting AWFULLY close to that becoming a reality now. Thus the gloves come off, but in a very provocative way. “We must get OBAMA to `play the race card,’ or appear to have done so. Then WE can feign innocence and integrity and outrage.”

This will backfire. McCain is not that slick. He can’t get his lines straight consistently enough. Sooner or later he will go off-message and screw up all his handlers’ well-laid plans. He’s not at all comfortable not being himself. In scripted presentation he is frighteningly reminiscent of none other than George W. Bush, embarrassingly so.

Ironically, he is basically a good and honorable man and I do not believe he is racist, but he is being handled by many who are inclined in that direction and are willing to win at any cost — exactly what McCain’s campaign accuses Obama of, which, by the way, is the oldest trick in the book of dirty tactics.

I firmly believe that if we let our festering fears as a nation rule, we will be embracing the comprehensive mess we are in and consigning ourselves to continuing the downward spiral.

Repeating false statements over and over again, contrary to campaign theory, does not make them so. It may well, however, rein in a passel of gullible, fearful, small-minded voting Americans.

The irony is that

Posted by Darcy | Report as abusive

M-c-c-a-i-n M-o-u-s-e, The McSame, McSmear, McRove, club lives on. Hopefully, this will end in November for atleast 4 years, more if the DOJ cleans house and takes care of business (like , um, uh, FRAUD)

Posted by Jamie Yardley | Report as abusive

I think McCain’s quick complaint of Obama “pulling the race card” to Obama’s comments demonstrate something interesting about American politics. “Pulling the race card” is generally regarded as something underhanded and low. The more politically correct route is to not see color. But to not see color is not realistic. There is a reason Obama has problems getting the white working-class vote and it is because he does not look like any previous president. I think the discussion should not be on whether Obama should have stated that he doesn’t look like any other previous president (it is a fact that he doesn’t) but rather should be on that racism still exists in this country. By remaining “politically correct” and refusing to discuss the effect of race on politics, the effect of race on this country also goes unnoticed.

Posted by Nicole | Report as abusive

From what I read of Obama’s comments, he never said “McCain said” — he kept saying “they.”

And the Faux News folks like Hannity, etc., have made many, many comments trying to paint Obama as a scary person, based on his name, his religion, his background and yes, his color.

And what was it John McCain himself said about how he would be a “real American” president? What was that about?

Posted by LizzabethCan | Report as abusive

Of course the McCain campaign accused Obama of playing the race card. That’s Rove campaign tactic #1: always accuse the other side of doing exactly what you just did. Lie and confuse, lie and confuse. And keep on lying and cheating the whole time.

What a joke that would be if McCain and his Rove trained advisors weren’t doing everything they can to play the race card against Obama at every opportunity. And their latest ad – the one with Britney and Paris, is actually a low point, even for them.

I want the McCain camp to know that I am not the only one who sees what they are doing. They have gone the sleaziest route possible, the same path taken by Lee Atwater with the Willie Horton ad, the same path Jesse Helms took with the “Hands” ad, the same path taken by the GOP in the 2000 primaries when McCain was beating Bush and Rove had a rumor spread that McCain had fathered an illegitimate black child.

Think they wouldn’t do it? One month ago a Fox blowhard was referencing Michelle Obama and lynching parties in the same sentence. There is no depth they will not sink to.

Now these same despicable slimeballs spend a week pounding the talking point that Obama is “arrogant” for doing the exact same things McCain has done, calling Obama, the black candidate, “arrogant”, saying that he has “overstepped” – all racial code words for a black man who doesn’t know his place.

The message they have really been sending out is that the ni**er is getting “uppity”.

And what could possibly be a better way to fan the flames even more but to show Obama next to pictures of provacative young white women.

This ad had nothing to do with Obama’s popularity, or Britney Spears or Paris Hilton. The McCain campaign spokesman said that they were just trying to find two of the most popular celebrities in the world to compare Obama to. So, of course, they picked two not particularly popular people who just happen to be provacative young white blond women.

They knew what they were doing.

This was all about the politics of race and sex. And it was done for one reason and one reason only: To show Obama in a way that will send a signal to bigots throughout America.

McCain and his campaign do not deserve to be allowed anywhere near the White House.

Posted by ral | Report as abusive

Race card! Dr. King’s favored Field Lieutenant, Hosea Williams, taught: Black folks do not see racism as a game, only white racist play race cards.

Posted by Steve Swimmer | Report as abusive

from Joe: “Voters who are persuaded by this deserve the 4 years of misery they are voting for.”

…but the rest of us who are not persuaded by this, do not.

Posted by draNgNon | Report as abusive

The Rovians only know one way to run a campaign and that’s to spead sleeze and bs and lies. All the Karl Rovians that worked for Bush are now with the McCain campaign. Tells you something, right?
McCain= McBush = McSame = McShame

Posted by Ed | Report as abusive

Why don’t you tell us if McCain is playing games, you’re supposed to be the news organization. Do some real analysis, or is real work too hard and time consuming?

Posted by tveye52 | Report as abusive

the McCain campaign is the worst I have ever experienced. American ignorance being at an all time high is the only reason this election is even close. Obama has made some bad moves, but can at least be seen as a legitimate competitor. Once election day gets close the blinders will(hopefully, never underestimate babyboomers stupidity) come off and McCain will be looked at objectively by the media. Without the media’s help McCain would have been gone weeks ago. They would have probably faked an illness. Just youtube McCain for and hour or two. You will be afraid. You will be.

Posted by cm grigg | Report as abusive

McSame is the guttersnipe in this race. Since he has absolutely nothing to offer the American people and is clearly flailing in deep water, he has gone to bed with the Rovian Slime merchants to send dog whistle messages to the racist religious right who he desperately needs to recruit. McSame lost all honor and dignity by crawling into bed with the same creeps who smeared him out of the race in SC in 2000. He has no dignity and no honor.

Only 2% or less of Americans would benefit from McSame’s same evil recipe of Yo-YO- Your on your own, let the rest of the bridges rot and fall just like in Minneapolis.

Posted by Blue Colorado | Report as abusive

Wow. I can’t believe all of the folks who are surprised and outraged about negative campaigning. I also can’t believe all of you who think Obama is a choir boy. He’s a politician for goodness sake. I know he says the word “change” a lot, but that doesn’t make him fit to be president, nor does his half-blackness make it so no one is allowed to use negative campaign tactics against him. Last I checked there were no affirmative action laws that apply to a presidential campaign.

Posted by Scott | Report as abusive

McCain played the “he played the race card” card. He’s been waiting to play it. Obama didn’t really play the race card, but he did say something that’s true that made McCain look bad, and this is the only card Davis and McCain could think to play. From a strategic standpoint, I think they should have waited to play it; this accusation just sounds ridiculous to me.

Posted by sdfsdf | Report as abusive

Typical Reuters, typical Reuters reader/believer comments. Sad, all the way around. Like the current political situation, or not, these were your son’s and daughter’s hands that Senator Obama passed by on his recent photo op tour.

Posted by MC | Report as abusive

more malarkey from the Democratic noise machine: keep reminding people of the candidate’s “race”, while simultaneously smearing your opponent with doing the same thing.

It worked for Kennedy in 1960, and it may well work for Obama yet.

Posted by Whig | Report as abusive

Yup. They’re all alike… major party politicians, that is. Welcome to the Party Senator Obama.

Posted by FormerDem | Report as abusive

The only person playing the race card id Mc Cain

I guess he thinks that Obama has no right to look presidential or else he is being presumptious . After all he needs to know his place he is black .

How racist can Mc Cain’s campaigners get

Fortunately Obama is able to rise above all of this and deal with the issues . I do wish that Obama would not respond to their comments because I feel they are baiting him .

Posted by marion Nassy | Report as abusive

Obama plays te race card repeatedly. In the past two weeks he has made virtually this exact statement 3 times. One time he even mentioned that he is different because he is ”black”. Bill Clinton was quoted as saying Obama has played the race card, Obama has given a ”major” speech on race (all his speeches are self-declared ”major”), and just this week in an interview with minority journalists he was quoted as bringing up reparations:

”I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged,
”I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”

Posted by Clugs | Report as abusive

Why ? we can all see he is a black man, and yea he is different, and yea it’s about time we had a choice that has’nt sold all of himself to big business. I am so tired of choosing between the least worse. Mccain is out of date and out of touch, It’s already 2008, JOHN

Posted by Scott | Report as abusive

While Obama will never admit it he is playing the race card…he did it when he performed in Germany also….listen to what he says and how he says it Obama is a joke and McCain is not doing much better by worrying so much about Obama. McCain should concentrate on his platform and let Obama continue destroying his creditability. I will not vote for either of them.

Posted by D L Ennis | Report as abusive

McCain’s campaign seems to know no boundaries in terms of dirty tactics.

Posted by Jarrod | Report as abusive

McCain obviously thinks that American voters are fools. No, Obama did not play the race card…McCain took the argument to that level. Sounds like he is the one running scared! The discussion needs to focus on issues and not childish “nanny…nanny….boo…boo” games but increasingly it seems that game playing is all the Republicans and McCain can do!

Posted by Jane | Report as abusive

Since when is making an honest observation playing the “race card?” I guess since McCain says so. I live down the street from McCain. I corresponded with him when I was a kid, and I’ve always liked him and many of his actions as a senator. Unfortunately, it appears he’s found himself caught up in the Republican Political Machine.

I am very encouraged that so many here feel the same way and I am excited for the much more honest and integral promise of Obama’s leadership.

The pendulum is always in motion.

Posted by Scott | Report as abusive

So okay, all of you people who are accusing McCain ’08 of making this issue up… what exactly do you suppose it was that Obama was referring to when he claimed that — “they” — “well, you know, because I don’t look like the other presidents on the dollar bills”?

Did you think he was talking about the powdered wigs?

Probably not, huh? He was accusing McCain of scaring people away from the idea of voting for the black candidate. If that isn’t playing the race card then nothing is.

Better check your bearings again because the racism sure isn’t coming from McCain’s camp.

Posted by OrdinaryAverageGuy | Report as abusive

Obama used the race card against Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton in the primaries. Its unfortunate but true, also its on the record. The Obama campain uses race whenever it wants against whoever it wants to get what it wants. Its a fact.

The Obama socialists even called Bill Clinton a Racist… Clinton for god’s sake. He’s no racist either! But it didn’t stop the Obama campaign 0 they called Clinton a racist anyway…

Democrats just can’t get over race. They’re preoccupied with the color of people’s skin. Its pretty sad.

Posted by KL | Report as abusive

I have to agree with a person or two out there. I am very disappointed in this election. Any candidate I had hopes for were downplayed because they weren’t a media favorite. Can we still write in candidates? I say we start a write in movement.
As far as the race card, I hate to say it, but regardless of whether Obama plays it or not, it’s a problem. I don’t particularly care for Obama, and I think he is too inexperienced and liberal, but he did begin his campaign avoiding the “race card”. But, that doesn’t really matter. If he doesn’t, there are those out there that have and will like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. They have no interest in seeing desegregation because they will be without jobs.
It’s been said that with Obama in the race, we all lose, and I feel for Obama because of it. If he looses the election, it will be said it was because of race. If he wins, anytime there is a disagreement, it will be said it’s because of race. If the man wants to be legitimate, and I honestly think he does, …whether he’s qualified or not (key word, not) He looses because of those that WANT to make it a race issue.

Posted by KJW | Report as abusive

Yes Obama is playing the race card and has, his whole attitude is that of a racist. My only real hope is the Colin Powel comes to his senses and decides to run, otherwise I am stuck choosing between 1) Racist 2) Moron 3) Not voting AGAIN. Voting every other presidency is getting old and this time I am skipping two in a row it looks like. COME, America grow up, Having National Pride isn’t an evil thing, demanding our Elected leaders follow a moral path isn’t ‘bad’. Holding them accountable for their actions USED to determine if they got voted for in the first place…
Man, we live through all of these worries and fears just to have them come true. Well’s “1980′, Red Fear … It is a shame we can’t be America, now we are … lost.

Posted by Alex Talmont | Report as abusive

I can’t believe you all. I swear we talked about Clinton being a teflon President I swear Obama is right behind him. Obama DEFINITELY played the race card and it is especially insulting because McCain would NEVER do this. He has an adopted child of color, which has been used to slander him in past campaigns. You all are pathetic and your BLIND admiration for a Senator who has been in office for 1 year is sad and deluded! You make fun of McCain, redicule him for his age, but when that is turned around on Obama all of a sudden you become self-righteous.

This campaign IS about issues and I haven’t heard anything SPECIFIC enough from Obama to earn my vote from the 1 year, inexperienced Senator. His GQ look is NOT enough for me. My guess is that Obama isn’t worried about my vote anyway he is too busy recruiting college students and welfare receipients, folks who will vote his way without asking any questions. Folks who might vote differently if they were older or in a different socio-economic situation. These folks aren’t going to have to pay the bills for the programs he introduces if he becomes President.

Isn’t anyone concerned that the most inexperienced are who he’s recruiting. Here in Macon, GA his volunteers are recruiting felons to vote once they get off probation. Come on is this really the guy we want to run the most powerful nation on earth. A man who chooses to stand in front of thousands of GERMAN citizens instead of spending a few private moments with a few AMERICAN soldiers. Folks wake-up he is not GOD so stop acting like he is.

Posted by Beenatthiswaytoolong | Report as abusive

Here’s the difference:
[1] People WANT to vote for Obama, who represents a clear change from the disaster-in-progress.
[2] No one wants to vote for McCain. There are those who say or believe they MUST because the future is big and mean and scary.

So you have those who hope to work for a better future, and those who fear. Will the latter win again?

Posted by Dr. Dave | Report as abusive

McCain offers no hope, no ideas and is shrouded by the same Republican think tank hacks that control GW. If McCain was portraying himself, he might be somewhat palatable. As it is Bush Lite sounds like a mix of Swift Boat, Heritage Foundation, and Gerry Falwell devoid of anything original.

Posted by Rose | Report as abusive

“What they’re saying is, well, we know we’re not very good, but you can’t risk electing Obama. You know, he’s new, he’s — he doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency. He — you know, he’s got a — he’s got a funny name. I mean, that’s basically the argument, he’s too risky”

That is EXACTLY what the Republicans have been saying from the start, Obama is 100% right. McCain’s antics are amussing. Pathetic, predictable, and amussing.

Posted by Scott | Report as abusive

Here come the negative attack machine – McCain is not taking any chances. He has started early and forcefully. Despite the ugly situation, you have to give it to them. The whole country is taking about this and that why you are reading this…shameless but effective. I think the Democrats have no choice but to match this – albeit on the negative scale:(

Posted by Jamie Brown | Report as abusive

Yes Obama is playing the race card and has, his whole attitude is that of a racist. My only real hope is the Colin Powel comes to his senses and decides to run, otherwise I am stuck choosing between 1) Racist 2) Moron 3) Not voting AGAIN. Voting every other presidency is getting old and this time I am skipping two in a row it looks like. COME, America grow up, Having National Pride isn’t an evil thing, demanding our Elected leaders follow a moral path isn’t ’bad’. Holding them accountable for their actions USED to determine if they got voted for in the first place…
Man, we live through all of these worries and fears just to have them come true. Well’s ”1980’, Red Fear … It is a shame we can’t be America, now we are … lost.

Posted by Alex Talmont | Report as abusive

When the US is faced with such daunting challenges, we need both Obama and McCain to focus on how to improve eduction, strenghten the economy, balance the budget, a workable engergy policy, healthcare coverage….. These are the real issues that need to be discussed and debated. They are both honorable men and aspire for a better America. They will both need to demonstrate leadership, at all levels. Let us hope we can move beyond this petty bickering on whether the race card has or has not been played.

Posted by Edward Malno | Report as abusive

When the US is faced with such daunting challenges, we need both Obama and McCain to focus on how to improve education, strenghten the economy, balance the budget, a workable engergy policy, healthcare coverage….. These are the real issues that need to be discussed and debated. They are both honorable men and aspire for a better America. They will both need to demonstrate leadership, at all levels. Let us hope we can move beyond this petty bickering on whether the race card has or has not been played.

Posted by Edward Malno | Report as abusive

What did we really think was going to happen when Barack Hussein Obama was made the appointee. He is not any diffrent then any other person of color. It is time to stop with using the RACE card. Please think of something that is original. The American people have brains and they can think for themselves. Do the Elite Demos really think the people are stupid and cannnot look at facts? O yes that is right they think that everyone but themselves are stupid.
The American people need to vote for someone that is not going to blame everyone else. Barack Hussein Obama need to stop cry and be a man and run on the most LIberal Record in the Senate tell the truth. You want America to be Socialist. At least say what you mean. That is what is missing from the presidential race honesty. Tell that people what you believe not what they want to hear.

Posted by DJ | Report as abusive

I think that politics is getting totally out of control ! what ever happened to voting on the issues instead of all the propaganda spread around by the media. Which in my opinion is making the whole matter worse..If it wasn’t for the media trying to make the worst out of any situation there is about anything, Not just politics. Maybe the whole thing wouldn’t be blown out of proportion all the time !!

Posted by wrongway feldman | Report as abusive

One of the reasons people are outraged by McCain’s negativity is that he made so many promises about keeping the campaign clean. Now he tells us how proud he is of his ads. His campaign has been hijacked by the right wing thugs. People are not that stupid, they will see his baseless petty attacks for what they are.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

I don’t want another President asking other people to make his decisions because he isn’t experienced enough to know what to do. We had that with Bush, Jr. I want someone who knows his own mind, isn’t afraid to change it if the situation calls for it, and who will defend this country and my freedom to the bitter end. I am just not sure that is Obama folks.

For those of you who think McCain is Bush lite, you must be Democrats, because Bush republicans REALLY don’t like McCain because he is way tooo liberal and moderate for them. Sorry

Posted by Beenatthiswaytoolong | Report as abusive

The McCain campaign is desperate. The higher aspirations at its inception have been tossed in favor of dishonest negative attacks. They know it works – Karl Rove proved that. It’s just sad to see it degenerate to these means – great for short term results, but bad for the USA.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

The most annoying comments posted here are by those people who would like to pretend that they were REALLY swaying toward McCain, but horror of horrors these new negative ads have them leaning towards Obama. Please.

One other point: Obama would certainly make a great TV president- smart, well-spoken, confident. In fact, his campaign reminds me of a bizarre version of “The West Wing”. Intelligent and a great political player? Yes. Play-acting unkown and a bit devious? Also yes. President? No.

Posted by jay fein | Report as abusive

As long as people have eyes and media has the first amendment, race will be an issue. Whites are so programmed to not sound racist their afraid to speak their mind. Blacks, on the other hand, never miss a chance to remind us they are black as if they deserve special status. Obama and McCain are both using race whenever it works in their favor.

McCain’s ad portraying Obama as a celebrity is accurate. Obama came out of nowhere and was elevated to iconic status through marketing – not track record. Marketing that intentionally tied his race to the idea of change.

I have no doubt that Obama is a great man. I have no doubt that his heart is in the right place. I have no doubt that Obama is a leader and may someday be qualified to be president. But I have no fear of saying this is not his time – not because of his race. He’s not READY to be president.

Be careful what you wish for in change. The thing about ‘fads’ is they burn out in popularity quickly leaving you empty and looking for something new – again. Great things are achieved in small steps.

Posted by John | Report as abusive

McCain has a great argument: “He did it first, so it is ok.” That is who I want for president; a guy who cries foul then does the same back. He needs to grow up. Tit-for-tat is for children.

Posted by Nathan | Report as abusive

McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, jumped on the comment.
“Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong,” Davis said in a written statement.
McCain agreed with Davis, telling reporters he was “very disappointed” that Obama had used the race card.
“Race will not have any role in my campaign, nor is there any place for it. I’m disappointed that he’s used it.”

Here we go again, Mr. & Mrs. Reader.

One has only to think back on the entire political career of George W. Bush with Karl Rove at his side to see what Mr. McCain is up to with Karl Rove now apparently at his side as well.

From the time Mr. Bush unseated Ann Richards as Texas governor in 1994 until Mr. Bush defeated John McCain himself in the 2000 republican presidential primary, and until Mr. Bush defeated John Kerry for president in 2004…absurdly outrageous campaign rumors have been the republican hallmark when the republican candidate has been down in most major polls.

In Texas, the absurdly outrageous “lesbian sex card” was reportedly played against Mrs. Richards in 1994. The even more absurd “black race card” was reportedly played against Mr. McCain himself in 2000. The “fake Veteran card” was so very obviously played against Mr. Kerry.

None of these “cards” were factual or true, of course.

Now Mr. McCain is apparently attempting to conduct a “surefire” typical republican Bush/Rove-type negative campaign against Mr. Obama (Mr. McCain is down in the polls). This time, the negativity is much more subtle.

Today was a very good example…whereby Mr. McCain used the “black race card” in such a subtle manner that it was hoped to make it appear as if he (Mr. McCain) never played the “card” at all! In other words, Mr. McCain was presented with the opportunity by Mr. Obama to make it appear as if Mr. Obama was using the “black race card” against himself! How absurd can one get!

Because Mr. Obama appears to be only black, one has a tendency to forget that he is just as white as he is black. Mr. Obama himself reiterates this fact often enough, by relating the story of his black African father and white American mother.

The unfortunate thing about absurd campaign rumors and the far more subtle “card playing” that we saw today is that these absurdities have a tendency to get votes from many in a voting electorate who are pathetically afraid of their own shadows, and therefore susceptible to such tripe.

In other words, there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of voters who will believe anything (the vast majority of them white). If this were not true, Mr. Bush for instance would not still be sitting in the Oval Office at the White House. If this were not true, Mr. Bush would probably have never defeated Mrs. Richards in 1994.

If this were not true, Mr. McCain would have been the republican candidate for president against democrat Al Gore in 2000…and not Mr. Bush (with Mr. Rove at his side)!

OK Jack

P.S. Even as far back as 1988, the republicans very obviously and infamously played the “black race card” against democrat presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis, who was ahead of the republican candidate (George H.W. Bush) in most major polls.

Another subtle “card play” was the ridiculous and false association of the Britney Spears and Paris Hilton lifestyles with that of Mr. Obama. This republican campaign ad was very clever, i.e., leading the heretofore mentioned pathetically gullible white voters to believe that the visibly black half of Mr. Obama has even spent time “partying” with Miss Spears and Miss Hilton.

Even with all of the preceding tripe, Mr. & Mrs. Reader, Mr. Obama continues to lead Mr. McCain in most major polls. However, as with Mr. Dukakis and Mr. Bush’s father in 1988, the fear put into white (mostly male) voters by the “black race card” is generally not evident in the polls…but only in the actual vote on election day.

I’m sticking with my long standing prediction that there will be so many new voters in Mr. Obama’s corner, that they will cancel out the usual “stupid vote” by scared, white males who have been “carded” by the republicans.

Posted by OK Jack | Report as abusive

[…] it from the bottom of the deck,” McCain campaign chief Rick Davis is quoted as saying by Reuters. “It’s divisive, negative, shameful and […]

Posted by Obama & The “Race Card”-McCain Charges Obama Played It! : The Feldman Blog | Report as abusive

John McCain is a national hero to my generation. he knows the reality of war!and can lead us out of this war with dignity.what has Oboma done think about this here is a jr.congressman no body has heard of than out of no where he pops up,says he has all the ansures, does he remind you of the pipiper!!!

Posted by steve miller | Report as abusive

As Obama continues to disappoint and looks more and more like the novice politician that he is and as the Democrats’ expectations for their naive Presidential candidate plummet back to earth, it’s reasonable to expect that both will start to lash out with excuses and blame McCain’s team for removing the shine from their dreams and throwing the dirt, just as Obama did today by bringing up race. Many of the bloggers here seem to be in some kind of Obamadenial about this fact, Obama is crafty, he’s trying to re-energize his base that has eroded while he has moved to the center. Obama has gone negative by constantly painting McCain with a Bush brush and he does this precisely because McCain is already a centrist candidate occupying the middle of America’s politics as he has consistently worked with Democrats across the aisle to reach consensus on many issues. Obama’s speeches remind me of lectures and finger pointing by Hollywood’s actors and actress’, he seems to be trying to guilt America into voting for him, while wagging his finger at the McCain camp, knowing full well he would get a response. However, rather than re-energize his base, I think Obama is proving that he is not the new kind of politician of change, he is just the same old cereal in the box now labeled new and improved taste. Unfortunately, this cereal is also more expensive for an America tightening it’s belt. McCain wins!

Posted by tommyc | Report as abusive

Has our country progressed so far that being half African American is an advantage? We can only hope that is true. Obama can no more change his ethnicity than McCain change the fact he was a POW. (Playing the hero card).

Posted by Greg Mulkey | Report as abusive

The McCain ad pairs images of two young, blond, attractive, white female celebrities – who also just “happen” to be promiscuous. Why choose precisely them? NOTHING is accidental in a 30 second ad. This is meant to waken the fears among low-information, middle-America white voters of sexually predatory black men, or AT LEAST to make them feel, on a visceral level, he’s really not one of us. And that, my friends, is what is “divisive, negative, shameful…”

Posted by julia Winiarski | Report as abusive

The entire (blog)is as artificial as Obama himself. The media is aiding and abetting Obama’s race baiting of “whites.” They (MSM) are too “chicken” to take that subject on that they duck and hide. So much for freedom of the press. Eventually, it will backfire.Obama words are revealing more and more of twenty-years of radical teachings, and friendships. He will sink his own ship and take the media down with him.

Posted by Elizabeth | Report as abusive

Obama is scary….he thinks he is the answer to all…the symbol for the WORLD to recognize… I look at it this way, y’all want higher taxes and a celebrity president? Then you know how to vote in November. McCain isn’t the great Savior either in my mind….but between the two we may have make a hard choice toward making sure our Country is protected and we move forward onto coming up with some type of Energy reform. i Think…think…McCain understands how to lead. Especially becasue of his Military record. God help us!!

Posted by Michael | Report as abusive

Well, as it turns out Obama’ own camp has said it…he was playing the race card!

Posted by D L Ennis | Report as abusive

When a presidential nominee resorts to negativity, it is a clear sign they have nothing to offer the American people and no real answers to his/her opponent. John McCain is running a campaign to be George Bush III, whereas Barack Obama is running a campaign to be the next president of the United States, the individual who will have to deal with the difficult situations created by eight years of an absentee president who let multimillion dollar corporations and a Republican Congress run the country as they saw fit. When I see Obama ads, they speak to me of what Obama plans to do to change the current course we’re on. When I see McCain ads, I see “stay the course,” or “don’t vote for that guy — he’s different.” McCain is an empty promise with nothing to offer the people of the United States.

Posted by Nina Kohler | Report as abusive

I started watching this blog because I thought it would be unbiased, but it is obviously biased in favor of Obama. Is that because of pressure from all the paid Obama bloggers?

Posted by Roger Thomas | Report as abusive

OBAMA IS A BLACK MAN. There, I’ve said it.

McCAIN IS AN OLD RICH WHITE MAN. There, I’ve said it.

Now, what about the issues??

Vote Obama, vote for freedom, vote for America!

Posted by Neal | Report as abusive

Obama, has twice now used the race card. In a talk in Florida he said, “oh, and by the way he is black”, in describing what he claims McCain would say about him. This is what he does to cover the fact that change is only a word he is using, but does not have a clue as to what he is supposed to change. Oh yeah, I know what change he wants to make. Change the oil in your car. Oh, do not forget to put the proper air pressure in your tires. I have one thing to say about that. I have put air in my tires, I got a tune up and gas is still $4 per gallon. McCain has said the wants off shore drilling to reduce prices at the pump. And economists agree this would help in the immediate future. McCain has talked about issues. All we hear out of Nobama is what he claims others will say about him.


Posted by Collin | Report as abusive

It is obvious that McCain is grasping after every little straw to discredit Obama’s presidential aspiration instead of grasping at the issues that are important to the American people. Obama is correct in mentioning the various things that McCain’s campaign will insinuate to demonize him. Everyone of us realizes by now that the adds that McCain’s campaign are using do not, for the most part address important issues like the economy, education, health care, energy cost and home foreclosures. What is obvious is that since Mccain does not have much of a solution to the problems which he helps to create, he is trying to focus on Obama to make the election a referadum on him. The referandum MUST be on the bush administration that has miserably failed the American people, an administration that is willing to spend more on Iraq, Pakistan and even Iran than on the American economy. McCain is trying to distract us from the real issues. This election people is not about Obama ‘IT’s THE ECONOMY AGAIN, STUPID’…

Posted by Max | Report as abusive

this is crap! obamas just trying to pull an 8 mile “jimmy smith” move by “dissing” himself so nobody else can! hes the one pulling the racecard by claiming race is an issue!

Posted by dave | Report as abusive

So, does this dll/article?AID=/20080802/CAPITOLNEWS/80 8020312

mean that it IS all about race with McCain’s campaign? Seems there was a McCain campaign event in Tallahassee today. Somehow, a reporter who had the proper credentials was singled out and removed from the media area–the only black reporter in the group. When a woman reporter in the group asked why he was being removed, she was thrown out, too.

Posted by Allison | Report as abusive

Mcain had been trying to paint Barack as different from the beginning . You remember how he added clinging to the constitution to the bitter comments. Barck never said constitution. He pretended that bearing meant age when he knew it meant direction or that Barack was saying Mcain has lost his course funny because it a nautical term(navy)so Mcain didnt misunderstand he lied to us. Last but not least Mcain said Hamas would be happy to see Barack win so would a couple of other tyrants. He said why is Barack ashamed of his name Barack isnt ashamed of his name just didnt want to be characterized a muslim due to his Arabic name. Futhermore many of us with anglo names are ashamed of our names Bernard etc . Mcains been playing on the differences(race card) the whole time.

Posted by ronny pierce | Report as abusive

I think it’s important to define the term being used. What exactly is “the race card?” Is it any mention of race at all? Or is it specifically the mentioning of race for the purpose of eliciting sympathy for the difficulties one has had? I think it’s important to distinguish between the different ways we can and should talk about race in this campaign. (Obama himself encouraged us to discuss our prejudices openly in his brilliant speech on race during the primary.) I don’t think he was mentioning his race in order to gain sympathy and votes; he was simply acknowledging that race is a factor in this campaign and that people should beware of how some Republicans would use it to play on prejudiced people’s fears and doubts.

Posted by Annette | Report as abusive

Once again, Mr. & Mrs. Reader, a thorough analysis of the McCain campaign and the identities/specialties of his behind-the-scenes advisors reveals that while this retired Navy officer is being overt about his personal honor as a member of Our Best & Finest…he is covertly sullying that honorable persona with gutter-based race-baiting from a 20-year old chapter of the republican playbook that Bush/Rove reportedly used on McCain himself in 2000, during the republican primary campaign.

Two wrongs don’t make a right…one of the oldest sayings in the book. The Christ-like republicans who have now labeled Mr. Obama as the antichrist of the “end of days” (e.g., Hal Lindsey), should be practicing Christ’s New Testament teachings, rather than repeating the Old Testament teachings of “anything goes”…or put another way, “Any gimmick or trick is fair in love, war and politics when the gimmick or trick yields success with the ‘stupid’ voting block.”

The whole thing is shameful.

In addition to G.W. Bush reportedly using race-baiting against Mr. McCain in 2000, the same chapter of the republican playbook was used on Michael Dukakis in 1988 (vs. G.H.W. Bush). Gay-baiting was used by G.W. Bush in 1994 to help defeat Ann Richards…thereby giving Mr. Bush a springboard to the presidential race of 2000.

OK Jack
Retired Army Officer


Posted by OK Jack | Report as abusive

Interesting article, however it would be even more interesting to see the same kind of analysis if the black candidate was Colin Powell, or Condelza Rice. If the black candidate had more experience, and didn’t vote present over 100 times … was not so far to the left … did not propose such radical changes to our society, such as a socialistic agenda … did not have negative associations, such as 20 years tied to a Reverend Wright, and other radicals … Threw his close friend of 20 years under the bus for personal gain …did not have a Muslim name, father and step father, just 6 years after 9-11, and while America, and it’s allies is in the midst of constant attacks from murderous Muslim terrorists … was properly vetted from the beginning … did not enjoy such overwhelming biased favoritism from the media … did not arrogantly create his own Presidential seal … did not disrespect historical American institutions, and traditions, as a way of selling his Change message … did not use accusations of race in response to every opposing argument … did not flip flop on important issues … chose Hillarry as his running mate … as well as several other substantive factors.

Posted by Howard | Report as abusive