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September 9, 2008

McCain Ad Ties Sex With Race


In today’s trip to the swamp, the McCain campaign’s latest attack video ostensibly targets the Obama’s education plan. 

… Except, the issue serves as nothing more than a foil to intimate that Obama — shown in the screen shot with a smarmy grin and his coat looking frumpy — desires to sexualize the lives of young children.  More odious, however, it’s also an example of the McCain campaign playing the race card, activating stereotypes of the black man — seeming to gaze dreamily at something below (or shorter than) him — as driven by sexual appetite. 

(screen shot: McCain for President)

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