I’m watching “Hannity and Colmes” on FOX last nite and…Whaddaya mean, “Why am I watching FOX News?” You don’t know me. That’s how I roll! “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
So anyway, Sean and Dick Morris are tag-teaming on the latest racial shitstorm regarding McCains TV ad, which features Brittany Spears and Paris Hilton and Obama. Bob Herbert (a journalist I respect) and others are calling it subliminally racist, comparing it to the ‘swift-boating ad’ that led to the recent Senatorial defeat of Harold Ford in Tennessee. (A tarty blonde made the phone symbol and breathily mouthed, “Call me”) Sean and Dick poo-poo their response as overly sensitive; they insist the ad simply compares the vapid celebrity of the two blondes with public adulation of Obama.
(Today Ann Coulter insisted it was insulting, not to Obama but to blondes in general. Oh Ann, you are such a breath of fresh air – like a sunny day in Beijing.)
I call bullshit. The Right and their minions revel in tweaking racist fears in their small minded camp followers, with images that imply sexual subtext between blonde white women and black men – in this case, Obama. I call bullshit because of the totally unrelated footage that appeared throughout this hour-long broadcast. Each time they mentioned Obama, a 15 second clip of him appeared, vigorously mounting the stage, greeting the local political rep with a brief embrace and kiss on the cheek, then proceeding to the mike. The political rep is blonde, female and not unattractive. This footage ran FIVE SEPARATE TIMES. No dialogue, no comment, no follow-up, just Obama in the background, hugging and kissing this blonde, over and over and over.
They know what they’re doing…and so should you. My advice to Obama, from this point on, is to limit himself to a chaste handclasp when greeting any white woman who is not Barbara Bush or older. Not that it’ll make that much difference – they have beaucoup past footage of Obama hugging and kissing star-struck young female political activists who are blonde and eminently do-able.
You know what they say about politics: You can overcome just about anything other than being caught in bed with a dead boy or a live girl. In this case, they don’t need a sex-tape. The good ol’ boys really get their knickers in a twist when they see how downright excited their women get over this charismatic candidate. Obama may aspire to be post racial…but America remains receptive to overt and covert racial propaganda. Rove lives…and Goebbels must be grinning in his grave.
5 August 2008