[Even if you ignore everything else about this image, you gotta love the pimp collar and the necktie.]
The senator is finally dealing with the realities of being the first African-American major party nominee for POTUS. Now, the McCain Campaign is accusing Obama of playing the legendary proverbial "race card," for suggesting that some people might be afraid to vote for him because he has a "funny name" and doesn't look like anyone else on dollar bill. Which is true.
But the Republickins, in their desperate search for any ammunition, are trying to use this against Obama. And you already know how the story goes...
"I was in Union, Missouri, which is 98 percent white -- a rural, conservative [city]. And what I said was what I think everybody knows, which is that I don't look like I came out of central casting when it comes to presidential candidates," he [Obama]said in an interview with Florida's St. Petersburg Times newspaper and Bay News 9.
"There was nobody there who thought at all that I was trying to inject race in this," he said. "What this has become, I think, is a typical pattern from the McCain campaign, whether it's Paris Hilton or Britney or this phony allegation that I wouldn't visit troops. They seem to be focused on a negative campaign. What I think our campaign wants to do is focus on the issues that matter to American families."
McCain actually showed some teeth - or maybe dentures - with his appearance at an annual meeting of the Urban League in Orlando, Florida. Check it...
He mentioned several black leaders -- including former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr. and activist Al Sharpton -- by name as he lauded bipartisan efforts to overhaul the nation's school systems. But Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, who is slated to address the group Saturday, rated several swipes.
"You'll hear from my opponent, Sen. Obama, tomorrow, and if there's one thing he always delivers, it's a great speech," McCain said as he began his address, which criticized Obama on issues ranging from tax policy to education reform. "But I hope you'll listen carefully, because his ideas are not always as impressive as his rhetoric."
This is what you call attacking a person in their own backyard (nolo). By mentioning former House Representative Harold Ford Jr. and others, he made his move for the lingering doubters within the black community. And it's plenty smart, because some of the black "leaders" still aren't very fond of someone that doesn't need them. In their minds, he could very well represent a threat to their power. I mean, if a black candidate wins without the whole-heared, not half-assed, support of Rev. Jesse and Rev. Al, then they must not be viable or relevant anymore. That's what everybody else will say.
So I guess McCain is offering them some smelling salts to awaken them from what Bill Clinton once called a "fairy tale" - the dream that he's not going to turn this thing ugly in the very near future. Trust me, the G.O.P. does not want to lose the Oval Office. Hell, they're already PROJECTED TO LOSE HELLA SEATS IN CONGRESS. You really believe that they're not going to try every dirty trick in the book to keep at least the biggest piece of the political pie?
So McCain is telling the hold-outs to keep being unsure. And judging by THIS B.S., it looks like the race card is really being pulled by somebody with power, public relations savvy and a political agenda against Obama. I mean, this, not Ludacris's "Politics as Usual" song, is stupid and dumb.
Mitt Romney probably promised to pay their college tuitions or something if they showed up looking dusty as hell, acting like fools and trying to get Obama to "turn his attention to black issues." Is it a coincidence that McCain would show up at the Urban League event? Sounds like calculated timing to me...
Oh, and for the record, I have a liberal bias. Just so you know. You'll probably see way more aggregate coverage from CNN, The New York Times and other reliable sources than you will from