So the NYT runs a huge ‘expose’ on right-wing plans to bring up Wright and otherwise “racialize” the campaign — an obvious preemptive strike, designed to (1) make Romney repudiate such a (potentially effective) strategy and (b) serve notice that anyone who raises any issue tangentially related to race on the GOP side will be accused of racism. The only question is how many talkshows Al Sharpton will go on to refute it. Racism is his business – and business is good.
I’ve said it before; if Romney doesn’t grasp this nettle firmly, rather than allowing the Obama machine and its all-too-willing enablers in the media to dictate the terms of engagement in this race, he’s going to be backing and filling all the way to November. The Times has made the strategy very clear, and put it front and center. Interestingly, they left out the allegation from Ezra Klein’s new book that Obama operative and best buddy Eric Whitaker offered Rev. Wright a big pile of money to shut up and go away – and that Obama himself followed up with a personal plea to do the same. Clearly, Obama and his handlers understand that Rev. Wright and his Black Liberation theology are anathema to most Americans. Should that put him, or Derrick Bell and his Critical Race Theory, off limits? On the contrary, the fact that they’re so clearly afraid of how closer examination of this kind of profoundly divisive and hateful rhetoric might tarnish the halo of the Great Uniter should be a “full speed ahead” sign to the Romney camp. McCain refused to fight on that hill; Romney, who’s already got to deal with the Mormon=Racist smears, has an even tougher task. But the American people need and frankly deserve to know exactly where Obama got his animating ideals, and what a paltry bill of goods they were sold when they bought into the “post-racial presidency”. As someone on my Twitter feed pointed out, the GOP are already tarred as racists as far as the left is concerned. We’ve got nothing to lose.