Comments: The Messiah is "image" conscious

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Every day we watch attempts by conservative talk show hosts to paint Obama as an anti-American, terrorist-loving Muslim, and you can't see how a couple of volunteers might make that call out of a sense of panic? Hell, I don't blame 'em. It's a nasty, nasty game.

Or are you arguing that this is somehow a campaign mandate -- that there's a memo floating around telling volunteers what to do about headscarves? That Obama -- or McCain, or Bush, or whoever -- are actually supposed to have control over each of their bazillion volunteers?

Posted by dan at June 19, 2008 05:33 PM

Oh, and did you read the rest of the article??

You ridicule "the right mix" as if it's something Obama and the Democrats invented. The very same article you link to, hilariously enough, mentions that the McCain campaign actively sought out a Hispanic guy to add to the "diversity" of their crowd!

Posted by dan at June 19, 2008 05:44 PM

Dan -- are you really arguing that seeking to include minorities is the same as actually excluding minorities?

Posted by Rhymes With Right at June 19, 2008 06:25 PM

Certainly. The scenario doesn't involve a fundamental civil right. We're talking about the "right" to be used as a pawn in a political photo op. A simple seat assignment.

When a Republican who's been criticized for racial insensitivity puts his three black supporters front-and-center, he's not committing any egregious felony. He's just playing the sad game that is American politics by using their race to his advantage. And when Obama -- who's been the target of a smear campaign accusing him of being a Muslim terrorist sympathizer -- does not want a Muslim front and center, it's the same thing in reverse.

The far right has my ultimate admiration for its ability to screw people over. Step 1 is to make up stories about Obama not being a Christian. This puts Obama's camp on the defensive, which makes a couple of volunteers do what they did. Enter Step 2: Criticize him for "discriminating" against Muslims.

It makes absolutely no sense yet, it somehow catches on. Hats off to you guys. The ultimate Catch-22. And speaking of the catching on, where's the hat tip to the "liberal" NYT, MSNBC and the rest for their brilliant job of jumping all over this non-story? ;)

Posted by Dan at June 19, 2008 07:26 PM

What's next for the Obama campaign? Perhaps a sweep of campaign offices to take down all the Che Guevarra posters.

Posted by G Rex at June 20, 2008 11:41 AM

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