David Gergen: McCain Campaign Speaking in Code

I’m glad said Gergen this, as he’s certainly not regarded as a screaming liberal:

“There has been a very intentional effort to paint him as somebody outside the mainstream, other, ‘he’s not one of us.’

I think the McCain campaign has been scrupulous about not directly saying it, but it’s the subtext of this campaign. Everybody knows that. There are certain kinds of signals. As a native of the south, I can tell you, when you see this Charlton Heston ad, ‘The One,’ that’s code for, ‘he’s uppity, he ought to stay in his place.’ Everybody gets that who is from a southern background. We all understand that. When McCain comes out and starts talking about affirmative action, ‘I’m against quotas,’ we get what that’s about.

I didn’t want to say it, but when you hear McCain supporters denouncing Obama as arrogant, isn’t that yet another code word for ‘uppity?’

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2 responses to “David Gergen: McCain Campaign Speaking in Code

  1. Having lived in the South for most of my life, I can tell you that that undertone is being sensed by a lot of people down here.

    And all of this “The One” bullshit is really getting rather old. If this is the type of campaign Senator McCain is content to run, then he’s not the man many of us thought he was.

    McCain loves to opine that Obama would rather win the election than win the war. Well, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that Senator McCain would rather rather win the election than maintain his dignity.

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