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?’