Friday, September 19, 2008

Is America ready for four years of this?

Here's a shock - Time thinks that the Raines ad is racist. Stop me if you've heard this one before...
This is hardly subtle: Sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman.

Let me stipulate: Obama's Fannie Mae connections are completely fair game. But this ad doesn't even mention a far more significant tie--that of Jim Johnson, the former Fannie Mae chairman who had to resign as head of Obama's vice presidential search team after it was revealed he got a sweetheart deal on a mortgage from Countrywide Financial. Instead, it relies on a fleeting and tenuous reference in a Washington Post Style section story to suggest that Obama's principal economic adviser is former Fannie Mae Chairman Frank Raines. Why? One reason might be that Johnson is white; Raines is black.

That would be a lot more compelling if there weren't already an ad running featuring Johnson, the white guy, used in exactly the same way. As the Instapundit notes, "maybe there are just too many dubious Obama associations to fit into a single commercial?" Sure looks like it to me.

The scariest part of all of this, of course, is the contemplation of an America where dissent with the President ceases to be the "highest form of Patriotism" and becomes instead a "scurrilous racist attack." It is going to be a long and difficult four years if The Anointed One wins this election...

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