Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Geyer on 'race card' absurdity

Once again, columnist Georgie Anne Geyer has come to the rescue. In "Long Campaign Begins to Sour" she zeros in on the "not-very-funny" absurdities that have been dominating recent news coverage of the presidential campaign. Geyer sees the "race card" issue as bunk.

Now, after seven years of W.-imposed misery that has left many of us limp with the stupidity of it all, it has been a joy over the past year to witness some of our dreams finally approaching reality. There was Barack Obama -- African-American, biracial, cosmopolitan, whatever you choose to call him -- actually having a chance to be president of this United States. And there was John McCain, a good and honorable man whom no fair observer could ever accuse of racism.

But in the last two weeks, the wonderful promise of this last year has been reduced to a series of not-very-funny absurdities. Everybody is talking about how "race has finally entered the campaign," but unless I'm a lot dumber than I think I am, I can't even figure out how, when or, above all, why.


Anonymous said...

Why? Why? McCain's vadars said he'd have to do something or he'd lose. So they trotted out a picture of the black man with two young blondes famous for having sex with anything in trousers and hoped that mobilized the be-sheeted "base." Why? "cynical" racism. Duh.

F.T. Rea said...


Finding racism under every rock won't do either candidate any good. Mentioning the "race card" every time there's any possible way to see a racial aspect to comments from either camp is tedious and off-putting.

Hey, if the females had been brunettes, would that make any difference?

Bruce said...

I think candidates are very busy. I think they have stables of young "think tank" type geniuses brainstorming how to score on the opposing candidate. I think the honorable candidates don't always get the straight pitch from the geniuses. Once the ad is out, the genie is out of the bottle and the dance begins. I think if Americans weren't so passionate about WINNING we'd all probably get along better. Maybe the problem is the American desire to be winners.