For Months I have been hearing the charges, If Barack Obama loses the election its because of racism. As stupid as it seems on first glance, I decided to check on the numbers, I took a look at the Gallup numbers for the last two weeks and found quite the opposite was true. If Barack Obama wins the presidency the primary reason will be racism. The numbers don’t lie (see chart above). 55% of non Hispanic Whites are supporting John McCain, 35% of Hispanics are supporting McCain, only 4% of non Hispanic Blacks are supporting McCain. Think about what the overall McCain support percentage would be if that non Hispanic Black support was even as high as the 35% Hispanic percentage. It is Obvious that people are NOT voting for McCain because of the color of his skin.
Of course Karen Tumuly of Time Magazine would disagree with this analysis she says that McCain is waging a racist campaign because he has the nerve to criticize a Black Man:
This is hardly subtle: Sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman. Let me stipulate: Obama’s Fannie Mae connections are completely fair game. But this ad doesn’t even mention a far more significant tie–that of Jim Johnson, the former Fannie Mae chairman who had to resign as head of Obama’s vice presidential search team after it was revealed he got a sweetheart deal on a mortgage from Countrywide Financial. Instead, it relies on a fleeting and tenuous reference in a Washington Post Style section story to suggest that Obama’s principal economic adviser is former Fannie Mae Chairman Frank Raines. Why? One reason might be that Johnson is white; Raines is black. And the image of the victim doesn’t seem accidental either, given the fact that older white women are a key swing constituency in this election.
A few points:
1. The McCain campaign released a new ad on Jim Johnson this morning. The ad released yesterday was about who advises Obama, not who advised him. Johnson resigned from the Obama campaign on June 12. The Washington Post reported on July 17 that Raines “has been consulting with the campaign on housing issues.” A Post editorial on August 28 said that Raines was a member of “Obama’s political circle.” The Obama campaign never disputed these reports until yesterday. Had the ad included a man who had resigned among Obama’s current advisers, there’s no doubt that Time would be wailing about McCain’s Lies! Lies! Lies!
2. As for Tumulty’s argument about the ad’s inclusion of “Sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman”, could she tell the McCain campaign what color, age, and sex is permissible for disappointed voters featured in negative ads?
3. Confronted with the facts, Tumulty stands by her racist accusation, telling the McCain campaign: “I grew up in Texas. I know what this stuff looks like.” Why did Tumulty have nothing to say about Obama’s ad that slandered Rush Limbaugh as an anti-Mexican bigot and suggested that McCain set