About that Race Card

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Jul 31, 2008 2:47 PM
Lots email and blog traffic today about Obama's "race card."

I think it's helpful to point out this isn't the first time Obama has played it. Last June he got a big applause line while campaigning in Florida by essentially telling the audience the evil GOP was going to make him about to be a scary, scary black man in the general election. Which is sort of like me saying Barack Obama is going to slaughter puppies sometime soon. I have no evidence that may be true, but hey, it might happen. Seems like there's nothing to stopping Obama from making a few convenient Miss Cleo like predictions about those mean, racist Republicans.

Video and transcript below, emphasis mine.

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?'"