by John Hawkins | August 4, 2008 5:17 am
Via Hot Air, here’s what David Gergen had to say about John McCain’s latest outstanding ad,
David Gergen: McCain’s “Moses” ad is code for calling Obama “uppity”
In which the single dumbest, most paranoid racial charge of the campaign is recycled on national television by a former presidential advisor and current Harvard professor. I said it before but it bears repeating: If you take this logic to its conclusion, there’s literally no non-racist way to accuse a member of a minority group of having an outsized ego. Any synonym you can conjure — elitist, arrogant, “megalomaniac narcissist” (to quote Hitchens) — can all happily be dismissed as “code,” regardless of whether the subject might in fact (a) display his very own presidential seal, (b) be known to describe rural voters in terms that call to mind Cletus the slackjawed yokel on “The Simpsons,” and (c) oh, by the way, lead his very own cult with himself as godhead.
Remember when Obama was going to be the anti-Jesse Jackson who helped America put race in the rear view mirror?
Well now, the post-racial candidate is the post-Jeremiah Wright candidate, and it’s hard to miss the fact that instead moving us beyond race, Obama and his supporters are actually ramping up the hyper-sensitivity.
As evidenced by Gergen’s bizarre criticism, we’ve gotten to the point where almost any criticism aimed at Obama for any reason is now being treated as some sort of racial attack.
So, let’s see: Obama was a member of an anti-white church for 20 years, talks about “typical white people,” only won the Democratic primaries because he is black, and now he and his supporters are trying to rule all criticism off limits because of his race.
Some “post-racial” candidate Obama turned out to be.
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