See, the thing is. They can’t control it. Though they’d like to have us believe there is not an underlying current of fear and hatred, it can’t help but to come bubbling up. What possible reason is there to mention Tiger Woods in an introduction speech to John McCain than to signal to the crowd that Barack Obama is a black man having success in a white game?
Hell, the GOP crowd even went “ewww”. I think Waldman had it right:
For months, I’ve been predicting that conservatives would delicately prompt voters to see Barack Obama through the lens of race. They’d drop hints, they’d make roundabout arguments, they’d find a hundred subtle ways to encourage people to vote their prejudices, while denying vociferously that they were doing anything of the sort.
It turns out I was wrong. Not about whether they’d try to exploit racial prejudice (that was about as easy to predict as the rising of the sun), but about how they would do it. After some hesitation and baby steps, the conservative campaign against Barack Obama has finally begun. And there’s nothing subtle about it.