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    WaPo columnist fears voters will think it’s okay to vote against Obama “and not be thought of as a racist”

    WaPo columnist fears voters will think it’s okay to vote against Obama “and not be thought of as a racist”

    According to Jonathan Capehart of WaPo, there is a very dangerous ad running by the RNC.

    I have seen this ad numerous times, and didn’t think it was that great:

    Capehart, however, sees danger, It’s not OK to ignore this pro-Romney ad:

    … what bothers me is that last line spoken by the narrator as we see a black-and-white still image of a downward looking Obama.

    He tried. You tried. It’s OK to make a change.

    Millions of Americans were swept up in the drama of the 2008 presidential contest and were proud to cast a ballot that helped elect the first African American president of the United States. Doing so was and will remain one of our nation’s crowning achievements. But there’s no denying that many of those same millions have soured on Obama because of what they believe he hasn’t been able to achieve. Yet, they are conflicted…

    So what’s the problem here?

    The danger, according to Capehart, is that this narrative may remove the race card as a factor (emphasis mine):

    By telling potential voters “It’s OK to make a change,” the RNC is acknowledging all that I mention above. It’s OK to like the guy personally but not vote for him again. This is not a popularity contest. It’s OK to vote against the black guy. You gave him a shot. He gave it his best shot. He failed. And the most effective message is: “It’s OK to make a change” — and not be thought of as a racist.

    Throughout Obama’s presidency, I’ve received more than a few e-mails and tweets from folks complaining that they are branded racist if they disagree with anything the president says or does. And it doesn’t help matters that I have seen more than a few e-mails and tweets from ardent Obama supporters doing exactly that. I have also seen instances of this on television and in print.

    That’s why the “It’s OK to make a change” ad is the most dangerous for Obama’s reelection efforts. It give those few, yet crucial, undecided voters the pass they might be looking for to vote against Obama.

    Think about what Capehart is saying.

    What keeps some voters in line for Obama — fear of falsely being accused of racism — may not work this time, and the removal of that fear is the most dangerous threat to Obama’s reelection.

    That is why we are seeing an all-out attempt to portray Romney as racist, as evidenced by yesterday’s “Anglo-Saxon” feeding frenzy.

    Just like in 2008, race is being used as a political weapon for Obama.


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    jasond | July 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    The above comments are some of the best, most thoughtful I’ve read concerning a LI blog post.

    Hepcat | July 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    So if somebody voted for Obama back in 2008 and votes against him in 2012 people will think he suddenly because racist?

    Thank heaven for the secret ballot.

    Hepcat | July 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I think Capehart is an idiot. Oh-oh — is he black? Let me check … yup. Holy crap, I guess I’m a bigot.

    Benson II | July 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Unless Obama is looking over your shoulder in the voting booth what’s the problem. We’ve already had 3 plus years of being called racist for everything under the sun. You don’t like his shoes…racist!!!! Does anyone still give a rats a$$ what the liberal press or liberal Democrats say about anything. If (when) Obama loses and we’re called racist we can breathe a sigh of relief knowing we did the right thing.

    Voluble | July 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Capehart doesn’t even realize he is a racist. He thinks it is some sort of accomplishment that people were suckered into voting for someone based on their race and that such a thing should still be looked upon as a great achievement.

    It is this sort of casualness about taking extremely loathsome and vile positions that makes people hold the press in such contempt. No decent person would even be caught hanging around these guys.

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