You can always tell when lefties feel themselves backed into a corner. They immediately start playing what they consider their trump card: Race. From Douglass Daniel of the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) - By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.
And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.
First, Palin's attack shows that her energetic debate with rival Joe Biden may be just the beginning, not the end, of a sharpened role in the battle to win the presidency.
"Our opponent ... is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country," Palin told a group of donors in Englewood, Colo. A deliberate attempt to smear Obama, McCain's ticket-mate echoed the line at three separate events Saturday.
Notice that Daniel doesn't just come out and call Sarah a racist. He's much too subtle and nuanced for that, instead he says that Sarah 'carried a racially tinged subtext'. Too cute by half. As for Obama's association with Ayers (a WHITE man), Daniel dismisses it rather lightly:
Her reference to Obama's relationship with William Ayers, a member of the Vietnam-era Weather Underground, was exaggerated at best if not outright false. No evidence shows they were "pals" or even close when they worked on community boards years ago and Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career.
Obama, who was a child when the Weathermen were planting bombs, has denounced Ayers' radical views and actions.
Obama and Ayers were serving on the board of the Woods fund for the last three months of 2001, just after Ayers was photographed stepping on a US flag and saying he had 'no regrets' about bombing the pentagon and the US capitol. Ayers gave Obama his political 'coming out' party. All of this information was readily available to Obama at the time he chose to associate with Ayers. Anyone with the slightest amount of patriotism would never have anything to do with the likes of Ayers.
Sarah is correct to criticize Obama for associating with a known terrorist. Ayers does not belong in some party in Chicago with the Democrat nominee for president. He should be in a cell in Guantanamo.
And Daniel's absurd charges of a 'racially tinged subtext' are false, immature, and ludicrous.