DON'T DARE SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT THE BLACK GUY.
This, after hundreds of years of American political campaigns, emerges as the proud new standard of the brave new world: You can say antything about Anybody - unless, of course, they enjoy the queer status of POLITICALLY PROTECTED PIGMENTATION.
We have on-the-air discussed for many months now the various hideous ways in which a 0-Bama candidcay would instantly re-write the rules of American campaigning. You liked McCain-Feingold? (limiting or abolishing the ability - the consitutional right - of pesky civilians such as we to criticize incumbent politicians during elections???) Well, then you will LOVE The 0-Bama Factor.
The 0-Bama Factor, stated in its simple horror, is that We Are Not Permitted To Criticize The Black Guy.
Aside from having predicted this - an embarassingly easy one - it behooves us to consider for a moment its ramifications.
Within the last few days, the communications director of the McCain campaign, Mark McKinnon, has said that (a) he thinks "criticizing THE DREAM" (i.e. zerOBama) is "wrong". As in, presenting the flaws, perhaps disqualifiying flaws, of a candidate for President of the United States, is a bad idea....If, of course, that candidate is BLACK. (b) he would resign from the McCain campaign - he would dump his client - rather than do anything associated with criticizing the opponent (0-Bama).
I BEG YOU TO CONSIDER THE ORWELLIAN - NAY, KAFKAESQUE - RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS MINDSET: WE ARE ON THE CUSP OF INSTITUTIONALIZING RACISM!
The notion that we can, a la 200 years of democracy, engage in vigorous debate concerning the candidates remains a good idea...Until A Minority Is Involved.
i.e. a manifest double-standard. Racism.
Here is one of the leading political advisors of our time, announcing his intention to withdraw from a campaign rather than criticize a political candidate, SOLELY BECAUSE OF THAT CANDIDATE'S SKIN COLOR.
If this strikes you as nauseating and dangerous and threatening to our way of life, Good For You.
Mark my words: this ("don't you DARE use the same standard in debating the white candidate as the minority candidate") standard, should is gain traction - and I am feaful it surely will - our system of elctions is finished. Finished.
And please note what I have said previously about a 0-Bama candidacy that goes south on election night: there is every chance the reaction on the streets of American cities will more resemble the election aftermath in Kenya than one here in USA.
But you cannot really dismiss the plausibility of it, can you?