Carol Platt Liebau

Remember Joe Biden telling an African American audience that Mitt Romney would "put y'all back in chains"?  Now the Obama campaign is running an ad that claims Mitt Romney is "not one of us" -- a phrase that likewise has an ugly racial provenance.

Now, one might be tempted to give the campaign the benefit of the doubt -- maybe they just didn't know? -- if it, and its allies, didn't show such exquisite sensitivity to supposed "dog whistles" in other contexts.  Simply critiquing Obama's policy of largely eliminating welfare work requirements were enough to get the Republicans tagged as racists. MSNBC and like (deranged) minds have similarly announced that references to "Chicago" and the President's penchant for playing golf were denounced as racial "dog whistles" (indecipherable to the GOP ear, mind you -- seemingly no one could hear them but Democrats).  But surely some of these highly-attuned hearers must either be part of or close to the Obama campaign, so no doubt they'll be voicing their principled objections soon.

Given that even some of the President's ideological allies reported on suspicions that the Obama campaign's attacks on Romney's supposed "weirdness" were code for his religion, does the Obama campaign now really deserve the benefit of the doubt running an ad with such an ugly tagline?

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.