The desperation of the McCain campaign shone clearly today.
RACINE, Wis. – Senator John McCain’s campaign accused Barack Obama of playing “the race card’’ on Thursday, citing his remarks that Republicans would try to scare voters by pointing out he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.’’
“Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck,’’ Rick Davis, Mr. McCain’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.’’
Mr. Davis was alluding to comments that Mr. Obama made Wednesday in Missouri when he reacted to the increasingly negative tone, and negative ads that have been coming his way from the McCain campaign in recent days.
“So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,’’ Mr. Obama said Wednesday in Springfield, Mo., in remarks that he echoed throughout the day. “You know, he’s not patriotic enough. He’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He’s risky. That’s essentially the argument they’re making.’’
Mr. Obama has made similar statements about the lines of attack against him before, and was even more direct last month when he said: “We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?’’
The McCain campaign’s decision to make the charge now that Mr. Obama was playing the “race card” comes as it has adopted a far more aggressive, negative posture towards Mr. Obama in recent days, trying to tar him as arrogant, out of touch and unprepared for the presidency with a series of statements by Mr. McCain and a series of negative ads – some of which have been condemned as misleading.
Mr. McCain said Thursday that he agreed with Mr. Davis’s statement. “I agree with it, and I’m disappointed that Senator Obama would say the things he’s saying,” Mr. McCain said on his campaign bus here, according to The Associated Press.
Robert Gibbs, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said: “This is a race about big challenges — a slumping economy, a broken foreign policy, and an energy crisis for everyone but the oil companies. Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they’re using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he’ll continue to talk about.”
By making the accusation that Mr. Obama was playing the “race card,’’ Mr. McCain’s campaign, of course, was itself explicitly injecting race into its campaign against the first black man ever to become a major party’s presidential nominee.
Watch this video in which NBC’s Andrea Mitchell clearly illustrates that Rick Davis is an idiot. Let me rephrase that… Rick Davis clearly illustrates that Rick Davis is an idiot.
If Johnny McCain had an ounce of integrity or intelligence Rick Davis would be looking for new employment tomorrow. This will surely go down as one of the poorest performances in the history of American presidential politics.
P.S. Where were Mr. Davis’ objections last month?