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    John McCain: Growing Guts?
    Race; Posted on: 2008-07-31 14:49:42 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    McCain finally touches on race

    GOP White House hopeful John McCain, faced with lopsided black support for his rival Barack Obama and only tepid interest from his white, middle class base because of his political correctness, has finally made some noises about the racial issues which have suffused the whole contest.

    With blacks supporting Obama by close to 100%, and with the Obama campaign consistently blaming opposition on "racism" against Obama and relying on "white guilt" to mute dissenting voices, McCain's campaign head, Rick Davis, at last stated the obvious, denouncing Obama for having "played the race card and played it from the bottom of the deck." McCain later echoed Davis. "I'm disappointed that Senator Obama would say the things he's saying," he confirmed.

    The surprising show of spine came after an Obama speech which Davis called "divisive, negative, shameful and wrong." Relying on the pity of "guilty whites" conditioned to accept his affirmative action hopes, and hoping to stoke black entitlement instincts, Obama whined that "nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for 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 those dollar bills, you know. He's risky. That's essentially the argument they're making." Poor baby.

    The "poor black guy" routine served Obama well in warding off such crises as the Jeremiah Wright episode, which would have demolished a white hopeful if the race of the protagonists had been reversed. And it has worked so far on McCain, who early on pledged he would not question the loyalty of Obama or touch on his race.

    McCain followed through with actions that seemed nearly calculated to sink his campaign. When North Carolina Republicans ran a television spot about Obama's links to the black supremacist preacher Wright, McCain went on the Today Show to denounce his own supporters over their refusal to pull the ad. "They're not listening to me because they're out of touch with reality and the Republican Party. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and this kind of campaigning is unacceptable," he said.

    When Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King said that terrorists will be "dancing in the streets" with Barack Obama in the White House, McCain went to bat for Obama, with his campaign issuing a statement: "The senator rejects the type of politics that degrades our civics, and this campaign will be about the future of our country. McCain could not be clearer on how he views these types of comments, and obviously that view extends to Congressman King's statement."

    McCain has also spoken out against his own Confederate ancestors and opposed public displays of the Confederate flag. His stance led to him being "flagged" by Southern whites.

    As if to shore up his pro-black and anti-white resume, McCain attended the Memphis, Tennessee commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King's death, where he was subjected to heckling, catcalls and boos as he appeared outside the National Civil Rights Museum. The overwhelmingly black crowd grew restless as McCain began to explain why he had opposed the creation of the federal Martin Luther King Day holiday as a U.S. House representative back in the 1980s. "We can be slow... to give greatness its due. A mistake I, myself, made long ago... when I voted against a federal holiday in memory of Dr. King," McCain began, sparking angry noises from the crowd, which grew into boos. "I was wrong," McCain continued, as jeering swelled. "I was wrong and eventually realized that, in time, to give full support for a state holiday in my home state of Arizona. I remind you that we can all be a little late sometimes in doing the right thing," he finished, to ongoing noise.

    In spite of the fact that McCain is in a position to expect essentially zero black votes, he still has hopes that he will attract hispanics. His campaign has boasted of his long record in favor of open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens and makes Spanish language campaign appeals, complete with a special hispanic sub-campaign. McCain even spoke to the National Council of La Raza ("The Race") and two other hispanic groups just in July.

    Clearly, such insults and calculated contempt for white voters rests largely on McCain's confidence that he is able to count on their votes in November, from people whose only interest in the contest is to keep Obama out of the "Black House." But McCain's advisers may be thinking that he is mistaken, with his interventionist, internationalist, open borders and globalist policies turning off hundreds of thousands. The first McCain campaign step back towards the white base came in late July, when McCain reversed course and endorsed calls to end affirmative action. On the show This Week, McCain was asked about his stance on an Arizona state ballot measure to end affirmative action, part of a nationwide movement that is the great unspoken issue of this election cycle. "I support it," he said. "I do not believe in quotas... I have not seen the details of some of these proposals. But I've always opposed quotas." In fact, in 1998 McCain opposed an identical effort, which he then called "divisive."

    Obama and other liberals are entitled to question such weak opportunism. "I think in the past he had been opposed to these kinds of Ward Connerly referenda or initiatives as divisive. And I think he's right. You know, the truth of the matter is, these are not designed to solve a big problem, but they're all too often designed to drive a wedge between people," Obama said. Highlighting the extreme double standards of not only this election but of racial issues in America as a whole, Obama made his comments at a meeting of "journalists of color." Of course, a gathering of "white journalists" would be unheard of, as would a presidential contender doing anything other than condemning such a "racist" group. The same goes for La Raza.

    While McCain's campaign has suffered from his stance against white interests, his opponents aren't letting up. Mainly as a result of media collaboration, Barack Obama has been able to successfully wage a "race card" campaign aimed at white liberals and black racists, sheltered from substantive opposition by not only political correctness but by the cowardice of people like John McCain and the ruling class he represents.
    News Source: Western Voices special correspondent

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