Plausible Deniability

Obama’s attempts to inoculate himself from criticism that he lacks requisite experience to be POTUS ended in a backfire this week as McCain answered a local tv news reporter’s question of whether he thinks Obama is engaging in race demagoguery. McCain answered perfunctorily, “Yes, I’m sorry to say that he is and there is no place for that…” Obama quickly distanced himself from any notions that he was suggesting McCain is a racist and acceded the opinion that McCain is in fact not a racist.

If nothing else, this is a lesson of the power of insinuation:  In the case Obama was not confronted, he would have had the power of suggestion working to achieve his ends (of undermining his opponent). Since Obama was confronted, however, and since Obama was unwilling to come out and say that he thinks his opponent is of poor character,  Obama was able to take the plausible deniability route. Tom Daschle, in his apologetics this week on Chris Wallace’s Fox Sunday show, articulated the same. Namely, that Obama said no such thing and that he cannot be accused of launching baseless ad hominem attacks against John McCain.

Considering that Obama’s platform is supposedly a racially conciliatory one, the gesticulation and innuendo surrounding the dollar bill comment came across as intellectually dishonest and frankly, wearisome. Blacks are voting +- 95% for Obama. Therefore liberals don’t have a leg to stand on when decrying their favorite villain – i.e., white particularism.

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