Make no mistake about it.
Bob Herbert kicks Stumblin' Bumblin John McCain's ass today, than knocks his teeth out for mumbling about it.
In his column, "Running While Black", Herbert eschews the games most of the MSM pundits have been playing all, week, looking at this issue as if there were two sides of it, and calls out the McCain Campaign (and RNC as well) for what they are doing - playing the race issue on Obama, no If, Ands, of Buts about it.
Spare me any more drivel about the high-mindedness of John McCain. You knew something was up back in March when, in his first ad of the general campaign, Mr. McCain had himself touted as “the American president Americans have been waiting for.”
There was nothing subtle about that attempt to position Senator Obama as the Other, a candidate who might technically be American but who remained in some sense foreign, not sufficiently patriotic and certainly not one of us — the “us” being the genuine red-white-and-blue Americans who the ad was aimed at.
Go read "Running While Black" ... It's excellent, and so dead on the money (you know, those dollar bills with the presidents that don't look anything like Barack Obama).
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