Obama and McCain Get Childish Over Race

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I’m losing hope that this campaign will be any less petty and deceit-filled than any other in recent history. Take this story:

Yesterday, Barack Obama was stumping in Missouri and said:

“Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, `he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name,’ you know, `he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.'”

Today, John McCain’s campaign took offense, saying Obama was playing the race card from the bottom of the deck and that his remarks were “divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.”

O.k., sure, it’s not really fair for Obama to accuse McCain of pointing out matters of race when the McCain campaign hasn’t stooped to those tactics. But McCain’s campaign is overreacting, feigning shock and horror in an attempt to generate headlines and sympathy. Such strategies are evidence of a weak campaign unable to make positive news.

But, wait, we’re not done with this story. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs has denied Obama was talking about race. Gibbs said:

“What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn’t get here after spending decades in Washington. There is nothing more to this than the fact that he was describing that he was new to the political scene. He was referring to the fact that he didn’t come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race.”

I’m surprised Gibbs didn’t also say that Obama was talking exclusively about powdered wigs.

Clearly Obama meant to point out the race of those “other presidents” on the bills. If he meant to say McCain was going to use experience as a factor, he’d have just said “he’s young” or “he’s not gray haired.” For the Obama campaign to pretend otherwise is insulting to voter intelligence.

For those keeping score at home, both sides lose points here. As Bugs Bunny would say: what a bunch of maroons.