here's that video -
Is Obama so lame that he must play the race card?
He is trying to turn every criticism, large and small, into racism.
"I think we should be in a post-racial environment," said Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., a supporter of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., "I think Sen. [Barack] Obama has done an admirable job of that. I don't think he has race-baited. I think he has been very good about that."
Martinez made his comments to ABC News' David Puente on Thursday in an interview to run on Puente's show "Exclusiva"
What he's doing is acknowledging all the subterranean doubts and suspicions that threaten his bid--his race, his name, his otherness--and saying, preemptively, that to succumb to them would be to fall prey to "politics as usual." He's neutralizing the insinuations that voters are bound to hear (from friends, neighbors, radio hosts, whomever). But he's not saying that substantive disagreements--on the issues, on his record--are somehow race-related. And he's certainly not calling McCain a racist.
Cycloptichorn wrote:It's just a shitty attack by a floundering campaign, and nothing more.
I never thought I would hear you speak of Obama's campaign that way, but for possibly the very first time - you are 100% correct.
Obama's campaign is in deep trouble
Gala wrote:FreeDuck wrote:I don't see how it can be innocuous, nothing more than an observation, he'd be a fool not to bring it up, and has no choice but to mention it yet... it's still the race card? Maybe we need to revisit what it means to "play the race card".
could you clarify your remarks? what you've written is confusing.
as far as "we" revisiting the issue, isn't that what "we" are doing right now?
Sorry to confuse you. You said that his remarks are innocuous. And you said that it's nothing more than an observation, and that he'd be a fool not to bring it up, and he has no choice to mention it -- that's me summarizing. And then you said he's playing the race card. From my understanding of what it means to play the race card, your description is not really compatible.
race in this campaign is an unavoidable issue. It always was going to be and the Obama campaign and Obama himself is way too smart not to have realized it going in.
Although I certainly agree we should be living in a post racial issue world.... we are not.
The human species needs someone to hate.... needs an enemy or it cannot function. It sucks but there it is. If we ever get past black/white issues it will be something else. IMO, both McCain and Obama are spinning the race issue either blatantly or subtly to further their chances.
We deserve better but we won't get it. Ever.
Mainly because we suck up the drama like Romans in the coliseum, no matter our high minded ideal-speak.
It's awfully early for John McCain to be running such a desperate, ugly campaign against Barack Obama. But I guess it's useful for Democrats to get a reminder that the Republican Party plays presidential politics by the same moral code that guided the bad-boy Oakland Raiders in their heyday: "Just win, baby."
The latest bit of snarling, mean-spirited nonsense to come out of the McCain camp was the accusation, leveled by campaign manager Rick Davis, that Obama had "played the race card." He did so, apparently, by being black.
Negative campaigning is not a pretty thing, and it should be beneath John McCain to stoop so low. But Democrats would be foolish to forget that sometimes it works