Newsweek's Andrew Romano pens an incisive article that lays the blame at the feet of the McCain camp. While it is not nearly as critical as the NYT editorial, I think therein lies it value. Its analysis is sufficiently non-inflammatory to become the accepted media CW, while still being incredibly damaging to McCain.

Please rec/digg to give the article more coverage.

Team McCain is actively characterizing Obama as another Al Sharpton--a "divisive, negative" Black Politician with vocal grievances who uses race as both shield and sword. This strikes me as too convenient to dismiss as a coincidence.

McCain's previous silence proves that when playing the "playing the race card" card, the impression you create--an impression of your rival saying something racially outrageous that benefits you politically--is far more important than whether or not you actually think he said something racially outrageous.

It's too bad. Until now, McCain has honorably avoided the tricky pitfalls of race.

Originally posted to eusto on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 05:22 PM PDT.

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