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Cain's Policies Are the Real Scandal

Eugene Robinson finds them 'unworkable' and 'goofy'

(Newser) - Herman Cain hit the first major crisis of his campaign in Politico’s sexual harassment story , and "far-right blowhards immediately played the race card," writes Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post . Ann Coulter said liberals were "terrified of strong, conservative black men" while Rush Limbaugh said Cain’... More »

White Obama Support Defies Doubters

44% of white voters swing to Obama

(Newser) - A minority of white voters—44%—are now supporting Barack Obama, but he trails by less than previous Democratic presidential candidates, reports the New York Times, including Bill Clinton. Both the impact of racial attitudes and the proportion of white voters in the electorate have diminished, analysts say. In a... More »

Obama's the Only One Playing the Race Card

McCain's scrupulous eschewing of racial issue hasn't halted accusations

(Newser) - Barack Obama's campaign has been unjustly accusing John McCain of appealing to racial prejudice, Charles Krauthammer argues in the Washington Post. McCain is taking the flak for what a few "agitated yahoos" shout at his rallies, he writes—a guilt by association that Obama seems to have escaped despite... More »

Forget Sticks, Stones; Her Words Are Bullets

Palin's Obama rhetoric fans racist flames

(Newser) - The McCain campaign has crossed the line from negative campaigning to “inciting vigilantism” with racist tactics that should raise alarms about Barack Obama’s safety, writes Frank Rich in the New York Times. Particularly troubling is Sarah Palin’s repeated linking of Obama to “terrorists” and her refusal... More »

'Unconscious' Racism Holds Obama Back

Many 'deflect' biases to more PC concerns like inexperience

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s race could be holding him back in polls by some 6 points, a poll suggests, but it’s not necessarily because of racists, Nicholas Kristof writes in the New York Times. More likely, it’s an unconscious matter of “aversive racism”—decisions made based on... More »

McCain Cleverly Made Race Factor: Emanuel

Campaign prevented backlash by panning Obama comment

(Newser) - John McCain’s campaign managed to slip the issue of race into the presidential election, Democratic heavyweight Rahm Emanuel said today. “They got it through customs," Emanuel said at a Politico-hosted roundtable, characterizing the Republicans’ tactic of injecting race with reaction to a perceived offense by Barack Obama.... More »

Clintons Still Seething Over Racist Portrayal

Aides didn't defend Obama on McCain's 'race card' accusation

(Newser) - The Democratic primary battle ended months ago, but many in both Hillary and Bill Clinton’s circles still harbor a grudge over the way her campaign was painted as racist, Ben Smith writes in Politico. This ill will is coming back to haunt presumptive nominee Barack Obama as he grapples... More »

Obama Treads Lightly on Issue of Race

Democrats try to avoid race war with McCain

(Newser) - Race has once again crept into the presidential race this week, and Barack Obama did his best to ignore it, the New York Times reports. John McCain’s campaign accused Obama of “playing the race card…from the bottom of the deck” when the Dem said McCain might attack... More »

Let's Keep Britney, OJ Out of Campaign

McCain campaign beginning to conjure up racially loaded images of the past

(Newser) - John McCain's lurch into negative campaigning is beginning to echo loaded racial issues of the past, according to the New York Times editorial board. The "celebrity" attack ad against Barack Obama featuring Britney Spears and Paris Hilton recalls a Republican ad—from workers now on the McCain team—that... More »

Neither Side Has Played Race Card

Accusations aside, Obama or McCain aren't guilty—yet

(Newser) - Accusations of "playing the race card" are flying back and forth between the John McCain and Barack Obama camps, but neither is truly guilty, Joan Walsh writes in Salon. McCain has run an "appalling low-road campaign" of late, but not a racist one, while Obama's comment about not... More »

McCain Camp: Obama Playing 'Race Card'

Calls Dem's comment that he doesn't look like other prezs 'shameful'

(Newser) - John McCain’s campaign adviser accused Barack Obama today of having “played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck,” reports the New York Daily News. The Dem had yesterday described how opponents would use fear against him, saying, “You know,... More »

Why White Supremacists Prefer Obama

3 of 4 support him, despite racial differences

(Newser) - McCain may lead Obama by 10% among white voters, but three of four white supremacists say they prefer the Illinois senator, Esquire reports.
  1. The Director of the White Aryan Resistance calls Obama a "black racist," but still supports him because of McCain's economic policies. He "hates the
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Hillary's Been 'Denigrated,' Says Bill; Also, I Shoulda Shut Up

But ex-prez denies playing race card

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has been “dismissed, denigrated, declared dead” by a press corps in her rival’s pocket, Bill dishes to People. The first spouse wannabe says bias has been such that “I thought I was literally lost in a fun house.” Still, he partly faults himself for... More »

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