Back in February, the Republican National Committee was using polls and focus groups to figure out how much they could trash Obama without being accused of racism. Apparently, the McCain campaign has come up with a strategy - strike first, you know, the good ol' shock and awe:
John McCain's campaign accused Barack Obama on Thursday of playing racial politics a day after the Democratic candidate predicted Republicans would try to scare voters by pointing out "he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."
Obama "played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said in a statement. He called Obama's remarks "divisive, negative, shameful and wrong."
Arguments like that aren't going to work for liberals or people who are already supporting Obama. But it might just attract some of the independents.
One of the things I've noticed lately - and that I'm embarrassed to admit - is when I think about Obama's behind the scenes advisors, I picture a group of bodyguards from the Nation of Islam. That picture couldn't be farther from the truth, but if I'm thinking it - as liberal as I am - I can only imagine what some of those good ol' boys (e.g. Toby Keith fans) must be thinking.