Wednesday, February 27, 2008

McCain's Minons - Bill Cunningham - The Great American Racist

If the race for the next President of the United States comes down to John McCain and Barack Obama, black people need to get ready for a bloody and nasty civil war of words. Clearly, the Republicans do not feel their candidate can win on his own merits and their plan of attack is going to be "who me?" type racist attacks on Obama's name, ethnicity, and personal character. Yesterday, radio talk show host warmed up a crowd for John McCain by repeatedly stating Obama's full name and tossing out insults. McCain repudiated the remarks, but still took the stage anyway and his rumored running mate Rob Portman reversed any of McCain's statements against the remarks by thanking Cunningham for his performance.

This is McCain's second instance of allowing someone affiliated with his campaign to make extremely nasty remarks and then he apologized after the fact and only when the incident reflected badly on himself. A few months back, he was chuckling about a supporter referring to Hillary Clinton as a bitch and now it's Obama's turn. What happens when there is no negative feedback on McCain, will he allow racist and sexist remarks to stand? If McCain thinks that having folks like Bill Cunningham throw rocks at his opponents while he raises his hands in the air and says "it wasn't me, it was them" is going to fly, McCain has another thing coming.

2 comments:

Tami February 27, 2008 at 7:41 AM  

Oh yeah, the racist rightwing will be all over Obama, but I think (hope)it will actually work against them this time.

Repubs have earned a reputation as intolerant, racist and xenophobic--behind the times. If McCain faces Obama, this multi-racial symbol of "new" America, and goes all old-school racist, I think it will further paint McCain and his party as relics of the sort of America we don't want.

Anonymiss February 27, 2008 at 12:06 PM  

Having an issues-focused campaign is useless? When you have a worthless campaign you deviate into racism and xenophobia?

It boggles my mind that there were Blk ppl standing on stage with that idiot. How is it that some of us conveniently ignore the fact that we are still victims of racism and xenophobia?

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