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Posted on Mar 19, 2008 in Across the US, Barack Obama, Campaign '08, Democrats, Party Politics

Obama Plays the Subliminal Race Card

One day after Barack Obama’s awesome speech regarding race in America, it appears that he is now starting to bring the race card into the issue.

From CNN:

(CNN) — Barack Obama told CNN Wednesday the recent uproar over his former pastor’s sermons has reminded him of the odds he faces in winning the White House.

“In some ways this, this controversy has actually shaken me up a little bit and gotten me back into remembering that the odds of me getting elected have always been lower than than some of the other conventional candidates,” the Illinois senator told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive one-on-one interview.

Obama declined to speculate on whether the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah’s Wright’s sermons may damage him politically, but said his campaign does best when it doesn’t follow the “textbook.”

“If I was just running the textbook campaign– doing the conventional thing, I probably wasn’t going to win because Senator Clinton was going to be much more capable of doing that than I would be,” he said. “We had tremendous success– and I think we were starting to get a little comfortable and conventional right before Texas and Ohio.”

Who is this conventional candidate he is referring to? I’m pretty sure its a creative way of saying “old White guy.”

Another thing that I found interesting about this article is Obama’s tone. It seems that a lot of these quotes are spoken in the past tense, almost as if he thinks that there is going to be some major backlash from this latest ordeal.

While I don’t think that this is going to help his campaign, I think that he can still remain strong if he just continues to do what he was doing before the video of his pastor surfaced, and leave the race card on the table, but don’t address it.

However, I do believe that the race for the Democrats has gotten so dirty and polarizing, that I finally am convinced that the GOP actually has a viable chance of keeping the White House. So far, McCain is running an extremely strong campaign, raising a good amount of money and using his tenure in the Senate to make all the right moves to position him for victory, while still doing his day job and staying true to his constituents.

With that being said, the left is going to do all that they can to try and bring McCain down at any cost. With the war becoming more of a non-issue and more Americans understanding the dynamics of the economy, the liberal big-government agenda simply isn’t going to resonate with as many voters as the left once hoped.