When politicians interject race into a campaign, they seldom do it directly. Consider McCain’s new ad, which the campaign says it will be airing nationally:
This is hardly subtle: Sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman.
Let me stipulate: Obama’s Fannie Mae connections are completely fair game. But this ad doesn’t even mention a far more significant tie–that of Jim Johnson, the former Fannie Mae chairman who had to resign as head of Obama’s vice presidential search team after it was revealed he got a sweetheart deal on a mortgage from Countrywide Financial. Instead, it relies on a fleeting and tenuous reference in a Washington Post Style section story to suggest that Obama’s principal economic adviser is former Fannie Mae Chairman Frank Raines. Why? One reason might be that Johnson is white; Raines is black.
Seeing as how the Johnson connection ad was released when she wrote this crap, that argument doesn’t hold water. Then the writer pish-poshes a news article because it was in the style section. Lets look at that article shall we?
The Obama Campaign Has Solicited Franklin Raines, Who “Stepped Down As Fannie Mae’s Chief Executive Under The Shadow Of A $6.3 Billion Accounting Scandal,” For “Advice On Mortgage And Housing Policy.” “In the four years since he stepped down as Fannie Mae’s chief executive under the shadow of a $6.3 billion accounting scandal, Franklin D. Raines has been quietly constructing a new life for himself. He has shaved eight points off his golf handicap, taken a corner office in Steve Case’s D.C. conglomeration of finance, entertainment and health-care companies and more recently, taken calls from Barack Obama’s presidential campaign seeking his advice on mortgage and housing policy matters.”
The drivel author forgot this article also:
Two Members Of Mr. Obama’s Political Circle, James A. Johnson And Franklin D. Raines, Are Former Chief Executives Of Fannie Mae.
Obama didn’t disappoint in throwing Raines out with the toilet water by denying any ties with him. Raines denied it also. Kinda funny how Obama and camp didn’t deny it when the August 28th article first appeared tho huh?
As far as the racism charge……idiocy. And it’s idiocy we knew would come. Dare to put out a negative ad against Obama that shows a white person as the victim of Obama’s policies and your immediately labeled a racist.
How do you know that the Obama-Raines ad hits its target? Because Time magazine has declared that it is racist.
Definitely hit its target.