Ed Morrissey, a conservative blogger I once had a modicum of respect for, has proven that working at Hot Air has finally gotten to him.
He accuses Obama of playing the race card for saying:
“And I know that the temptation is to say, ‘You know what? …The guy hasn’t been there that long in Washington.,’ You know, ‘he’s got funny name,’ You know, ‘we’re not sure about him,’” Obama continued. “And that’s what the Republicans, when they say, ‘This isn’t about issues, it’s about personalities,’ what they’re really saying is, ‘We’re going to try to scare people about Barack. So we’re going to say that you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections or we’re going to say that, you know, he hangs out with radicals or he’s not patriotic.’
Which is interesting. I don’t read anything about race here. I do read about Obama’s funny name, and Muslim connections, which have been used as whisper campaigns in the past. But to insist that Republicans haven’t done a little race baiting themselves is beyond disingenuous, and I’m not merely talking about Westmoreland’s “uppity” comment.
Nor am I talking about the whole community organizer thing as a racist dog whistle. Even if it were true, that would be some weak tea.
But let’s take a look at the home page for the Sacramento County Republican Party for instance, shall we?
Where you’ll see exactly what Obama was talking about:
Barack Hussein Obama
Yes. That’s his REAL name.
So, yeah. Point one, Obama did not “play the race card” and only a very creative comprehension of the statement on record, or a grandiose failure in reading comprehension, would come through with such a ludicrous conclusion. Point two, those things Obama did say, well, it seems like there are a few folks out there that kind of proved him right, aren’t there?