The Cenk Uygur Race Card Play-O-Matic (John McCain, Fannie Mae)
The new first rule of the Democratic Party is: "Twist anything an opponent of Barack Obama says in order to play the race card". If BHO wins the presidency, expect them to abide by that rule endlessly.
The latest example comes from multiple "liberals" who are trying to racialize John McCain referring to Barack Obama as "that one" at last night's "debate". About that, Air America host ("Young Turks") Cenk Uygur says (huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/worse-than-that-one_b_132863.html, also at peekURL.com/zak44q5):
Some questioned if it had racial implications.
Expect to see lots of references to what "some say" should BHO become president.
But, seeking to explore new frontiers in racial divisiveness, Uygur also says:
For me, the more worrisome moment of the debate came when McCain told a young, black questioner, "You've probably never heard of Fannie Mae." We were doing play-by-play of the debate on our website and I shouted out, "Why not? Why wouldn't he have heard of Fannie Mae?"
Now, let's go to the transcript (link):
But you know, one of the real catalysts, really the match that lit this fire was Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I'll bet you, you may never even have heard of them before this crisis. But you know, they're the ones that with the encouragement of Senator Obama and his cronies and his friends, in Washington, that went out and made all these risky loans, gave them to people that could never afford to pay back.
Note that Uygur is leaving off the important "before this crisis" bit. And, considering that, in 2007, according to this perhaps biased poll, only 69% of Americans could name the VP and less than half could identify Nancy Pelosi, I think it's safe to assume that a very large number of Americans had never heard of Fannie/Freddie before now. (Other polls here and here). I have no doubt that McCain would say the same thing to anyone who was not connected to politics in some way.
Someone needs to keep track of all the instances of BHO supporters trying to racialize things like this.