AP writer Douglass Daniel performs an "analysis" of Sarah Palin's comments linking terrorist Bill Ayers to Obama.
By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.Where to begin?
And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.
- Note that the campaign is faltering. An objective analysis wouldn't be complete without painting your opponent as self-destructing. And make no mistake about it, Daniel considers McCain his opponent just as much as Obama does.
- Note that the attacks were unsubstantiated in the opinion of Daniel. He contends it was only a minor association and points out "Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career." Early in his career is correct. As in, when Obama launched his state Senate campaign in Illinois, he did it from Ayers' house. I know if I ever decide to run for public office, I'm going to pick a random person I barely know and go to their home to announce the beginning of my campaign. Please.
- Finally, note that because Palin criticized Obama, her attacks are racial tinged. What is racial about pointing out the connection to a old, white terrorist?
When the McCain campaign ran an ad that had a white woman in it, it was denounced as racist. When it ran an ad that had an African-American man (Franklin Raines) in it, it was denounced as racist. Now the McCain campaign links Obama to a white man, the former terrorist, and still anti-American, Bill Ayers. That's racist too. I think we've exhausted just about all the possibilities. The only non-racist thing McCain can do, apparently, is concede the election.And Glenn at Instapundit, true to libertarian form, adds:
Well, of course. If you criticize Barack Obama over anything, it's because you're a racist. No doubt that'll hold true if he's elected President, too, which will call for strict anti-racism laws to keep such things under control . . . .For more commentary on this see Michelle Malkin, Wizbang, the Corner, and Gateway Pundit.