Saturday, 30 August 2008

The racism card...

Harry Stein, City Journal

If Obama loses the election, it won’t be because of bigotry.

IF OBAMA LOSES was the headline of Jacob Weisberg’s recent piece in Slate, and the subhead completed the thought: RACISM IS THE ONLY REASON MCCAIN MIGHT BEAT HIM. More than just ugly—and worse, potentially inflammatory—such a claim is contradicted by the evidence. Yet in the weeks prior to the party nominating conventions, as Obama’s poll numbers sank, it became something like common wisdom in left-liberal circles: an all-purpose explanation for the otherwise inexplicable failure of this most transcendent of candidates to ignite the universal approbation his fans regard as his due.
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