May 13, 2008
Obama General Election Strategy Taking Shape
The Journalist wing of the Democratic party weighs in with a clutch of stories about the "raw racism" encountered by Obama's field staff (this Washington Post story is amplified by reposting at MSNBC and USA Today):
For all the hope and excitement Obama's candidacy is generating, some of his field workers, phone-bank volunteers and campaign surrogates are encountering a raw racism and hostility that have gone largely unnoticed -- and unreported -- this election season. Doors have been slammed in their faces. They've been called racially derogatory names (including the white volunteers). And they've endured malicious rants and ugly stereotyping from people who can't fathom that the senator from Illinois could become the first African American president.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds a bar owner selling t-shirts comparing Barack to Curious George the monkey, and United Press International has their own anecdotal tale of racial woes.
Why picture Obama as Curious George?
"Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears, he looks just like Curious George," Norman said.The bar owner makes a good point; Obama does look a lot like Curious George, even though George's skin looks suspiciously Caucasian. And does this mean that all the Leftists who have compared President Bush to Curious George had some darker, racially charged motive?
When a story hits this many outlets simultaneously it's pretty clear that there is a coordinated effort to establish a new "meme." This meme: if you're white and vote against Obama, you're an ignorant racist.
This will be a common theme right through the election in November: racism may cost Barack, the post-racial candidate, the election (white racism that is, blacks voting over 90% for Obama isn't "racism." It's payback, just like the verdicts in the Reginald Denny case were payback).
This is what decades of affirmative action and racial victimhood politics have done to American society.