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Monday, August 04, 2008

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By Keith R. Schmitz

The sagely Republican David Gergen hits the nail right on the head about the schoolyard mocking of Obama by pointing out "the Senator (McCain) was using coded messaging to paint Barack Obama as "outside the mainstream" and "uppity."
There has been a very intentional effort to paint him as somebody outside the mainstream, other, 'he's not one of us,'" said Gergen, who has worked with White Houses, both Republican and Democrat, from Nixon to Clinton. "I think the McCain campaign has been scrupulous about not directly saying it, but it's the subtext of this campaign. Everybody knows that. There are certain kinds of signals. As a native of the south, I can tell you, when you see this Charlton Heston ad, 'The One,' that's code for, 'he's uppity, he ought to stay in his place.' Everybody gets that who is from a southern background. We all understand that. When McCain comes out and starts talking about affirmative action, 'I'm against quotas,' we get what that's about.
Glad someone is calling out these people.

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