I remember the uproar that occurred over the Scott Howell attack ad against Harold Ford Jr., the former black Congressman from Tennessee. The slimy video featured a somewhat ditzy-sounding blonde telling the then-candidate Ford to "call me," which sent a clear racist signal in the South- "be afraid, the black man is coming after the white women." It was splashed all over the news and universally condemned.
I wonder if there will be same uproar over McCain's new, disgusting "celebrity" attack ad against Obama, where white women are seen saying how "dreamy" Obama is. Of course there is a subtle racial overtone there- the same one that was at play in the Howell ad.
The big difference? The media is in love with McCain and his new line of attack. They have been taking the Republican smear campaign hook line and sinker- refusing to see the subtle subtext in these ads or call the campaign on them.
Watch the McCain and Howell Video after the jump...
I remember how everyone came out against the Howell ad, saying it was disgusting and played the race card. Yet McCain has been getting a free pass on all of his ads and language. I fail to see the difference in the Howell ad and this new one. The Republican's know full well what they are doing with these images- stoking the fires of racism and further dividing the nation.
The media has even failed to call out the McCain campaign on their new buzz word for Obama- "presumptuous." Every Republican shill is trotting out the word, with the media happily reporting and repeating it, with no mention what it truly expresses. As Michelangelo Signorile has been saying on his radio show- presumptuous is the new code word for "uppity." Obama is stepping out of his "place", according to the Republicans. It sends a clear racist signal and they know it.